Where did the time go?

It feels like yesterday Jackie Bradley Jr. was battling for a roster spot in spring training before the 2013 season, an effort that ultimately resulted in him cracking the Red Sox’s Opening Day squad and contributing to a tone-setting victory for the eventual World Series champions.

In reality, it’s been eight seasons since Bradley debuted with Boston. And it’s been more than nine years since the Red Sox drafted him 40th overall in 2011.

Bradley now is set to become a free agent for the first time in his Major League Baseball career, an opportunity he’s embracing after a rollercoaster tenure with the only franchise he’s ever known.