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Here’s what Alex Cora had to say about the Blue Jays signing Jackie Bradley Jr.

"We went in a different direction with our roster construction.”

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Alex Cora and Jackie Bradley Jr. earlier in 2022. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The Red Sox lost to the Braves 9-7 in 11 innings on Tuesday. Boston hosts Atlanta again this evening starting at 7:10 p.m.

The Patriots begin the preseason on Thursday, hosting the Giants at Gillette Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

Alex Cora on Jackie Bradley Jr.: On Tuesday, the Blue Jays announced that the team had signed former Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a one-year deal.

Bradley, 32, was hitting just .210 with a .578 OPS prior to being released by Boston earlier in August. Now, the former Gold Glove winner will be playing for a division rival.

“It’s not a surprise,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said after hearing the news. “He’s an elite defender. And whatever role they are going to use him in will be good.”


Cora succinctly explained the recent Red Sox decision to cut Bradley.

“We went in a different direction with our roster construction.”

The Red Sox play the Blue Jays at Fenway Park in a three-game series from Aug. 23-25.

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