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|The fact that Clayton Mortensen is out of options makes it more likely that Daniel Bard starts the season in Pawtucket.|
|Even if he starts the season on the major league roster, Jackie Bradley Jr. is likely to spend some time in the minors so his major league service time clock doesn't start until 2014.|
If Bradley is on the Opening Day roster and is never optioned to the minors for at least 20 days, he'll become a free agent after the 2018 season.
If Bradley is on the Opening Day roster, the Red Sox can prolong his free agency to after 2019 at the earliest if at any point they option him to the minors for at least 20 days.
If Bradley comes up on April 12 or later, he won't hit free agency until after 2019 at the earliest.
"We have a whole year to determine how that service time would factor in going forward," Farrell had said on Sunday. “The bottom-line thing would be -- when any young player, whether it's Jackie or any young position player -- when they come to the big leagues, you want to be sure they get regular at-bats. If those are there, that becomes part of the equation. Most importantly, he's doing whatever he can to impact the decision."