Red Sox Release Veteran Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

Jackie Bradley Jr. with Boston Red Sox in 2018
Jackie Bradley Jr. with Boston Red Sox in 2018. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/Shutterstock (9635290u)

Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t manage to last for a full season in his second spell with the Boston Red Sox. The veteran outfielder was released by the Red Sox on Thursday and is now a free agent.

The Red Sox announced the news via social media with a tribute vid dedicated to Bradley.

Bradley spent his first eight seasons in the majors with the Red Sox, earning one All-Star honor and one Golden Glove award during that span. He was also one of the key players in the franchise’s road to a World Series win in 2018, having been named the ALCS MVP.

After the 2020 MLB season wrapped up, Bradley decided to opt out of his contract and hit the free agency. With the Red Sox unwilling to spend much to keep him, he elected to join the Milwaukee Brewers on a two-year, $24 million deal.

Bradley’s first year in Milwaukee turned out to be a disappointing affair as he hit career-worst .163 with six homers and 29 RBIs. The Brewers were quick to ship him back to Boston as part of an offseason trade that landed them outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

While many believed Bradley would rediscover his form in familiar surroundings, that wasn’t the case.

In 92 games he played before being released, the 32-year-old had a .210 batting average with three homers and 29 RBIs.