BOSTON Manager Bobby Valentinesaid Josh Beckett, on the disabled list retroactive to June 12 with rightshoulder inflammation, is expected to be activated for the four-game series inSeattle beginning Thursday.Beginning Thursday, the Sox have 10games left in the half before the All-Star break. After Seattle they travel toOakland for three games, returning home for four with the Yankees, including aday-night doubleheader on July 7. They have on off-day, July 5, before thebreak, which begins July 9.With Becketts return, the Sox rotationwould have six starters. A plan Valentine plans to keep through the All-Starbreak. The Sox current rotation lookslike: Jon Lester, Franklin Morales, Aaron Cook, Felix Doubront, and DaisukeMatsuzaka. Beckett is likely to start either Friday or Saturday.Yeah, Imconsidering it, Valentine said of the six-man rotation. I think there's asituation where, depending on how we slot Josh, in I think it could benefiteveryone to get a little creative there until the All-Star break.
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.
Jackie Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration with $3.6M deal. #Redsox— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 13, 2017
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.