Terry Francona may be in line to replace Mike Scioscia as manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim . . . if Jim Bowden is to be believed.
According to the Toronto Sun, Bowden -- the former general manager of the Reds and Nationals -- said on ESPN Radio that the firing of hitting coach Mickey Hatcher was a message to Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, that his job isn't secure. The team won the World Series under Scioscia in 2002, and took five A.L. West titles in the six seasons from 2004-09. But the Angels missed the playoffs in the last two seasons and, despite the high-price acquisitions of free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson this past offseason, has stumbled to a 17-21 start this year.
"The bullet-proof vest of Mike Scioscia is off," Bowden said, "and if this team doesn't turn it around by August don't be surprised if Terry Francona . . . is managing the Angels."
Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.
Terms of the deals were not announced.
It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020.
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration.
Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.