Jackie Bradley Jr. welcomes competition in center

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Jackie Bradley Jr. happened to be sleeping on Jan. 22 when news broke that the Red Sox had signed Grady Sizemore to a one-year contract.

He woke up soon after, his smart phone coming to life as friends and family sent text messages seeking a reaction. Instead of arriving in spring training as the starting center fielder, Bradley now would be competing for a job against a three-time All-Star.

“I didn’t have any reaction beyond I thought it was great,” Bradley said Friday. “It’s somebody else who can help the team. Whatever makes the team better is what we’re striving to do.

“I’m looking forward to getting to meet him and learn from him. The guy is a stud and hopefully he can learn from me as well as a teammate. I’ll let them make the hard decisions. I’ll just play.”

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