BOSTON -- A day after Daniel Bard reported to Triple-A Pawtucket and said that if it was up to him, he never would've been demoted to fix his mechanics, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine talked about how he'll monitor Bard.
Pawtucket pitching coach Rich Sauveur will be one of the few working with Bard, and Valentine said he'll receive reports from him, in an attempt to minimize the amount of voices in Bard's head.
"The one thing from spring training, from the winter time, that I heard with Daniel was that we didn't want too many voices," said Valentine before Friday's game against the Washington Nationals at Fenway Park. "We didn't want there to be confusion. So, in our last talk, we tried to narrow it down to who it is that he will be working with."
When asked if he was concerned with Bard's mindset with his comments on Thursday, Valentine said, "You always have concerns. But things will be done the way you hope that they're going to be done."
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.