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08:13 AM ET 03.19 | What a difference a few weeks makes in the case of Jackie Bradley Jr. [Bradley] was a non-roster prospect when he got to Red Sox camp, albeit a very good non-roster prospect, with what was said to be absolutely no chance to make the Red Sox team. Now, at least, he's in the conversation. David Ortiz starting the year on the disabled list (foot) is one factor improving Bradley's chances. But the bigger factor is the center fielder's play, which has been nothing short of spectacular. ... "I don't see how he couldn't be on the team? He's been their best player all spring," one American League scout said. (He suggests Bradley in left, with Jonny Gomez as the DH.) "He's their second best outfielder," another scout said.

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March 19, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Put Bradley in CF where he belongs. Move Ellsbury to LF.

March 19, 2013  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Put Bradley in CF where he belongs. Move Ellsbury to LF.

Either way - just get Gomes away from playing defense. He's a disaster.

March 19, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Put Bradley in CF where he belongs. Move Ellsbury to LF.

I've seen this plan somewhere before.....Hmmmm.

March 19, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I've seen this plan somewhere before.....Hmmmm.

True, but why accommodate Ellsbury for a year, when he's leaving after the season anyway. Bradley is the future so put him where he belongs. Ellsbury can whine all he wants, but if he wants to get paid next winter, he will have to produce in 13, wherever he plays

March 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET

If his time is not now then it will be in a month or two.

March 19, 2013  10:34 AM ET

Is this guy Milton Bradley's nephew?

March 19, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Is this guy Milton Bradley's nephew?

don't think so. he's a hell of a player, watched him play at South Carolina quite a bit. good instincts at the plate and in the field. Sox should go ahead and put him in center.

March 19, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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don't think so. he's a hell of a player, watched him play at South Carolina quite a bit. good instincts at the plate and in the field. Sox should go ahead and put him in center.

From the very little I have seen from him so far, he reminds me a lot of Michael Bourne. Just curious, with you being a Braves fan, it that a fair comparison?

March 19, 2013  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I've seen this plan somewhere before.....Hmmmm.

Yes, but if Ellsbury crashes into someone now, it won't matter as much to the Red Sox. He'll be gone next year anyway.

Can't compare Bradley to Cameron either.

March 19, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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Yes, but if Ellsbury crashes into someone now, it won't matter as much to the Red Sox.

Boston no longer has Adrian "wrecking ball" Beltre playing third base.

March 19, 2013  12:56 PM ET

Bradley's bat has been nothing short of spectacular in spring training. He may be one of the best things coming out of Florida for Boston - after a Farrell-inspired healing of the pitching staff.

March 19, 2013  05:01 PM ET

what's going on with the none roster players invitation in the halos team??
i mean can't figureout WHO you would keep in and WHO would you sended back to the minors??
most teams had cleared their none rosters invitation though,,,

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March 19, 2013  05:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

From the very little I have seen from him so far, he reminds me a lot of Michael Bourne. Just curious, with you being a Braves fan, it that a fair comparison?

yeah, i think so.

March 19, 2013  07:15 PM ET

I would be psyched if I was a Sox fan.

My legal department has reviewed this comment and has opined that this comment is jnorman-proof.

March 19, 2013  09:02 PM ET
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Boston no longer has Adrian "wrecking ball" Beltre playing third base.

They're probably going to tell Middlebrooks to annihilate Ells in the last game of the season.

(the spinnies are gonna get me)

March 19, 2013  09:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I would be psyched if I was a Sox fan. My legal department has reviewed this comment and has opined that this comment is jnorman-proof.

What, are you implying that Bosox fans are PSYCHOS??!?!!?!?

How could you???

March 19, 2013  09:09 PM ET

I think JB JR will be a good player, but I say Bogaerts is the guy to really watch long term. I would guess he's probably not having a great spring if there's no buzz about him.

March 19, 2013  09:20 PM ET
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I think JB JR will be a good player, but I say Bogaerts is the guy to really watch long term. I would guess he's probably not having a great spring if there's no buzz about him.

He was playing for the Netherlands in the WBC.

 
March 20, 2013  07:02 AM ET
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He was playing for the Netherlands in the WBC.

6 for 19 in the WBC and 4 for 6 for the Dutch in their exhibition games. .317 not bad.

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