Jackie Bradley Jr. signs $24 million deal with Brewers after Mets flirtation

Despite reported interest from the Mets, Jackie Bradley Jr. is taking his talents to Milwaukee.

The former Red Sox outfielder is signing a two-year, $24 million deal with the Brewers, according to ESPN. The deal includes an opt-out after the first year.

Bradley Jr. is considered to be one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, having won a Gold Glove in 2018, and was the best outfielder remaining in free agency. His bat is streakier, holding a career .239 batting average, but he hit .283 with seven home runs in the shortened 2020 campaign.

The Mets were in talks with Bradley Jr. after they lost out to the Blue Jays in the George Springer sweepstakes . The Mets ultimately opted for smaller-ticket options, signing Kevin Pillar and Albert Almora.

Pillar and Almora are expected to compete for time in center field with Brandon Nimmo.

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