Throughout Jackie Bradley Jr.'s tenure with the Red Sox, the organization had never talked contract with the outfielder.
Now that BradleyJr. is living life as a free agent, that has changed.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox have approached Bradley Jr. about bringing him back for 2021 and beyond.
The Red Sox are far from the only suitors for Bradley Jr., with the Astros showing strong interest and one American League Central team putting the 30-year-old at the top of its free agent wish-list.
When the Red Sox didn't deal Bradley Jr. at the Trade Deadline Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom insisted the team had a strong desire to bring back the centerfielder despite not having discussed a contract extension to that point.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted Bradley Jr. receiving a two-year, $16 million deal. Other high-end free agent outfield options include George Springer and Marcell Ozuna. (Springer has a qualifying offer attached.)
Michael Brantley and Joe Pederson figure to also land with similar deals as Bradley Jr., although neither represent the defensive flexibility the former Sox first-round pick supplies.
Bradley Jr. finished 2020 with a strong final month, hitting .326 with a .985 OPS and five home runs in September.