BALTIMORE -- Wednesday marks the end of the Red Sox' run of 20 games in 20 days, the maximum number of consecutive days a team can play under the collective bargaining agreement.
The Sox go into Wednesday with a 10-9 mark in the first 19 games, and, performance aside, Bobby Valentine saluted them for getting through the stretch.
"I haven't experienced these 20 games in a row for a while,'' said Valentine, "and I couldn't be more happy with the way the guys reacted to all of this stuff -- to the schedule, the travel, the injuries, the weather...There's been no complaining, there's been guys going well beyond the call of duty. For me, it's a great thing to see as a manager, the way they've really come together.''
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.