BOSTON -- The Red Sox returned home from a wild West Coast road trip that wasn't very successful, but was hugely entertaining from an off-field perspective.
And the person in that spotlight was manager Bobby Valentine.
Prior to Friday's game at at Fenway park against the Blue Jays, Valentine was asked about blocking out the noise surrounding his name and his future in recent weeks. And he said he doesn't pay any attention.
"As much as some people question when I say I don't read it or that I don't listen to it, I don't," said Valentine. "So it's easy to block it out. I'm not there. Though, I hear about it once in a while. Whatever.
"If you're 30 games ahead in first place, and you start reading and listening to everyone say how great you are. It's just as distracting as the opposite, which is the case right now."
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.