The familiar sight of Jackie Bradley Jr. patrolling center field for the Red Sox, and the thought of him doing so for the Mets, is now officially a thing of the past.
According to a source familiar with the situation, Bradley Jr. has agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal with the Brewers with a player option after the first season. Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe was first to report the news.
The 30-year-old joins a Milwaukee outfield that already includes slick-fielding Lorenzo Cain, along with former National League MVP Christian Yelich and Avisail Garcia.
The 34-year-old Cain is coming off a 2020 in which he opted out of the season after five games, having managed just a .697 OPS the season before. Garcia, who lost 40 pounds in the offseason, struggled to a .659 OPS in his first season with the Brewers.
For Bradley Jr., it ends a run with the Red Sox that began with being taken in the first-round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
He comes away with two World Series rings, one Gold Glove, an American League Championship Series MVP and the title (bestowed by many) as the best defensive centerfielder in Red Sox' history.
For his Red Sox career, Bradley Jr. hit .239 with a .732 OPS with 98 homers. His final month with the team, last September, left a positive last impression, hitting .326 with a .985 OPS and five homers in 24 games.