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Bobby Bradley battling for starting first base job

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From Mandy Bell:

First base (1): Bobby Bradley

It’s still nearly impossible to predict how the Indians’ first-base situation will work out. The Indians told Josh Naylor to focus on right field, leaving Bradley and Jake Bauers as the top two candidates for first base. Bauers is probably the better option defensively, and the 25-year-old talked about the positive changes he made to his mental approach after a tough 2020. However, Bradley’s power is undeniable, and after losing 35 pounds over the offseason, he feels lighter on his feet on defense. If he can become more consistent at the plate and cut down his strikeouts, he may be a hard bat to ignore. But this battle may be the tightest one the Indians have to figure out this spring.

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