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Jackie Bradley Jr. exercises 2022 player option, per report

The defensive wizard is returning to Milwaukee for another season

Washington Nationals v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. isn’t going anywhere.

Bradley, a defensive standout, is exercising his $9.5 million contract option for the 2022 season, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The veteran outfielder is in the running for a Gold Glove award but underperformed at the plate this past season.

Bradley, 31, joined the Brewers this past season after spending eight years with the Boston Red Sox. The former All-Star and Gold Glove award winner slashed just .163/.236/.261 with six homers, 29 RBI, 28 walks, and 132 strikeouts through 134 games. Despite his offensive woes, Bradley was stellar in the field once again, ranking in the 88th percentile in Outs Above Average and 78th percentile in Outfield Jump.

Bradley’s two-year, $24 million contract includes a $12 million mutual option for 2023 that carries an $8 million buyout.

The Brewers have a flurry of free agents to keep tabs on, including infielder Eduardo Escobar, outfielder Avisail Garcia, and pitchers Daniel Norris and Brett Anderson.