Here we look at why Jackie Bradley Jr. makes sense in the San Francisco Giants outfield for the 2018 season and beyond.
According to Jon Morosi, the Giants are interested in Bradley, as well as other outfielder.s
Among all the outfielders I’ve considered this offseason, I’ve yet to even think about Bradley.
The Boston Red Sox’ center fielder will play next season at 28-years-old, and is under three years of control.
After three years of inconsistency in the big leagues, Bradley became in All-Star in 2016. That season he hit .267 in 636 at-bats with 94 runs scored, 26 home runs, 87 RBI, 9 stolen bases, 63 walks and 143 strikeouts. He also became a very excellent defender in the outfield.
However, this past season wasn’t quite as great. Bradley hit just .245 in 482 at-bats with 58 runs scored, 17 home runs, 63 RBI, 8 stolen bases, 48 walks and 124 strikeouts.
The reason Bradley makes sense for the San Francisco Giants is obvious. He’s plays a Gold Glove level center field, and he he’s capable of hitting 20-plus home runs.
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In fact, Bradley has hit double-digit home runs in three straight seasons.
He would be a major upgrade defensively in center field, and he could add 20 home runs to the lineup. That’s exactly the type of upgrade the Giants are looking for in center field.
While I still think there are better options out there, Bradley is certainly another good option to add in that mix.
Bradley is still relatively cheap, another plus, but that also means the Red Sox won’t be willing to give him away. I think it would take a top five prospect from the Giants, or a current bullpen arm like Hunter Strickland, to land him.
I’m sure this is just one of many options the Giants are considering for center field. As the offseason heats up get ready to see a lot of reports like this for the Giants.