At 6-foot-7 with a fastball in the mid-90s, righthander Anthony Ranaudo has the tools to maybe someday be a major league stud. Now at Single A Salem, he's doing all he can to help himself get there.
"I take care of my business," Ranaudo said. "I work every day to try to get better and better. The ultimate goal is to be pitching at fenway."
He works hard in between starts, but his competitiveness is at its peak when he's on the hill.
"I want the ball," he said. "I like to set the tone early. I like to go right at guys. I'm an aggressive pitcher. I'm gonna go out there and compete with my best stuff and attack guys."
If he stays on this path and his work ethic doesn't waver, pitching coach Kevin Walker can picture him on the game's biggest stage.
"He's got big league tools," Walker said. "When he refines them and puts them together, he looks like a top of the rotation guy to me."
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.