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Red Sox cut Ryan Sweeney, paving the way for Jackie Bradley Jr.

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hot spring appears to have landed him a spot on the opening-day roster. (USATSI)

The Red Sox decided not to add outfielder Ryan Sweeney to their roster by Thursday night's deadline, paving the way for prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. to make the team out of spring training. The team has not finalized any roster decisions, however.

Bradley, 22, has been one of the very best players in baseball in spring training. He's gone 25 for 58 (.431) with two homers, nine walks and nine strikeouts in 25 Grapefruit League games after hitting .315/.430/.482 between High-A and Double-A in 2012. Boston selected him with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Baseball America ranked Bradley the 31st-best prospect in baseball a few weeks ago, saying he "has no major adjustments to make" in their 2013 Prospect Handbook. If he makes the team, he could serve as a left-handed platoon partner for Jonny Gomes in left field even though he's a more than capable defender in center.

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