One-time Mets target Jackie Bradley Jr. signs with Brewers: reports

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Jackie Bradley Jr. in Red Sox road jersey from chest up
Jackie Bradley Jr. in Red Sox road jersey from chest up

The Mets have been linked to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Here's the latest...

March 4, 9:06 a.m.

Bradley has signed a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $24 million that contains an opt-out after the 2021 season, per multiple reports.

Earlier this offseason, Bradley was seeking a deal of four or more years worth between $15 million and $20 million per season.

When it came to a potentially serious pursuit of Bradley by the Mets, the team was hamstrung by the uncertainty surrounding the DH in the National League for 2021.

Adding Bradley in a world without the DH would've meant no clear spot to play Dominic Smith.

March 1, 9:09 a.m.

Sandy Alderson told reporters on Monday about the team's negotiations with Bradley.

"The conversations didn't really go that far, although they went far enough for us to have a good feel for what it was gonna take. On the basis of that information, projection on our part, we went in a different direction," Alderson said.

Alderson also said that the lack of a designated hitter thus far in the National League played a role into Bradley's potential future -- or lack thereof -- with the Mets.

"As far as the DH is concerned, probably a little bit of a factor, yes. Right now, we don't have the DH. We want to keep Dom Smith in the lineup and Pete Alonso and so forth. So, I think the DH factor played some role but I don't think was absolutely paramount."

Feb. 22, 10:34 a.m.

The Houston Astros, one of the teams most heavily linked to Bradley, will not be signing him due to concerns over the impact on draft pick compensation it could result in, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Astros' payroll for 2021 is a shade over $201 million, with Rosenthal noting that if they exceed the $210 million luxury tax threshold and make qualifying offers to Carlos Correa and potentially Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke after the season that their compensation pick could fall from after the second round to after the fourth round of the 2022 MLB Draft.

Houston being out on Bradley would be good news for any other team interested in him, with the Boston Red Sox -- who recently signed Enrique Hernandez -- perhaps among them.

As far as the Mets are concerned, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Feb. 18 that their chances of signing Bradley had become "almost nonexistent," adding that the only way the Mets could circle back on Bradley is if there is a DH in the National League this season.

Feb. 13, 12:21 a.m.

According to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, Bradley 'remains on the Mets' radar,' though a potential deal with Bradley would make much more sense if the universal DH returns for 2021, which doesn't seem likely as of now.

Per Feinsand, the Houston Astros could be the new front-runner for Bradley's services, while the San Francisco Giants could be a sleeper team to land the veteran.

Feb. 11, 12:15 p.m.

Two rival executives think that a reunion with the Red Sox "makes too much sense to not happen now," according to Mark Feinsand.

The Red Sox did acquire Franchy Cordero in the deal that sent Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City, but with just 95 professional games under his belt, it makes sense as to why the Sox would want Bradley back.

Feb. 11, 9:41 a.m.

After trading outfielder Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals in a deal that brought outfielder Franchy Cordero to Boston, Red Sox GM Chaim Bloom said on Wednesday night that the door isn't shut on bringing back Bradley.

"We remain hopeful that we’ll be able to find a fit with Jackie and we also recognize that that may not happen," Bloom said, per The Boston Herald. "We’re going to stay engaged there and see how that plays out, but the two were somewhat separate for us as we looked at this because the fit with Cordero was so clean in terms of how we put our roster together."

As things currently stand, Alex Verdugo would likely be Boston's center fielder in 2021.

In addition to the Red Sox and Mets, Bradley has been linked to the San Francisco Giants.

Feb. 8, 9:26 a.m.

The Mets could sign Bradley in the event the league and union reach an agreement on the universal DH for the 2021 season, Joel Sherman of The New York Post reported on Sunday.

Per Sherman, the Mets had an "extended" Zoom meeting with Bradley over the last week that included team president Sandy Alderson and GM Zack Scott.

While the Mets signed center fielder Albert Almora Jr. over the weekend, he profiles as a fourth outfielder/late-inning defensive replacement -- not as a starter.

In a world where there is no universal DH, the Mets would likely go with Brandon Nimmo as the starter in center field, perhaps replacing him late with Almora for defense.

If there is a DH, Nimmo can slide to left field, allowing the Mets to go a different direction in center.

SNY's Andy Martino recently reported that the Mets remain far apart with Bradley's camp on the framework of a potential contract.

Feb. 3, 9:23 p.m.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Bradley Jr. is seeking a "significant contract, perhaps beyond four years."

SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that Bradley wanted a long-term deal, while the Mets prefer something shorter for the 30-year-old center fielder.

With George Springer now a Toronto Blue Jay, Bradley Jr. is considered the best center fielder remaining on the market.

Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m.

While the match between the Mets and Bradley make a lot of sense, both sides are "far apart in value," according to SNY's Andy Martino.

The Mets are preferring a short-term deal with the stout defensive center fielder, but Martino is hearing Bradley wants something more long-term. He brought up the deals Denard Span (three years, $32 million) and Michael Bourn (four years, $48 million) got in the past, saying Bradley deserves more because of his abilities on both sides of the ball.

We'll see if the Mets raise the bar, but as of now, it isn't an easy deal to land Bradley.

Jan. 27, 9:56 a.m.

The Boston Red Sox have remained in touch with Bradley, GM Chaim Bloom said earlier this week.

‘We continue to stay in touch with him. ... I expect we’ll continue to until his free agency resolves,’ Bloom said, per Alex Speier of The Boston Globe.

Boston recently signed Enrique Hernandez, which would seem to lower the chances of them bringing back Bradley, who has played in Boston for the first eight years of his big league career.

Jan. 26, 3:29 p.m.

The Mets are in on Bradley, a source told SNY's Andy Martino, but it's unclear how serious their pursuit is.

Per Martino, the Mets are exploring two potential scenarios. One has them signing Trevor Bauer, while the other has them signing a starting center fielder such as Bradley and continuing to add depth.

Bradley, whose addition would allow the Mets to slide Brandon Nimmo to left field, is the only free agent left on the market who profiles as an everyday player.

Jan. 25, 10:56 a.m.

The Giants have interest in Bradley, according to Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.

SNY's Andy Martino recently reported that Bradley will not come cheap, and that the Mets were considering him along with less expensive center field options such as Albert Almora.

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