By Sean McAdam
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TORONTO -- Marco Scutaro had his best game of the season Tuesday night (four hits, four RBI) and was hitting .350 over the previous 20 games before Wednesday.
He had lifted his average to .282 for the season and had played a steady shortstop over the second half.
Despite all of that, Terry Francona wouldn't guarantee that Scutaro willl be the Red Sox' starting, everyday shortstop in the postseason.
"I guess it depends on how we're playing and how guys are playing," said Francona. "It seems like things change weekly, if not daily. I guess I would fall back on the answer that I'll try to put us in the best position to win and see what that is.
"I don't think it's necessary to have one guy be the shortstop. At the same time, maybe there's a hot hitter; I don't know. We'll see."
Francona has other options, including switch-hitter Jed Lowrie and Mike Aviles.
Lowrie has hit .347 from the right side, leaving Francona with perhaps a better option against lefties in the postseason.
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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.