The SF Giants have made some modest moves this offseason, but they still may be in the market for a left-handed hitting outfielder. Should the team pursue free agent Jackie Bradley Jr?
Recently, there have been rumors linking the Giants and Bradley. This is not the first time the Giants have been linked with the speedy, defensively skilled outfielder. Last season during the trading deadline there was reporting that the Giants were interested in the longtime Boston Red Sox center field.
It is no secret why the Giants and Bradley have been linked often recently. Considering that the team needs center field depth, Bradley would instantly fill a need for the team by providing great defense and would likely be a steady presence at the top of the lineup for the team.
SF Giants Should Pursue Jackie Bradley Jr.
He has spent his entire major league career with the Boston Red Sox. His last two seasons have been fairly solid. In 2019, while his slash line of .225/.317/.421 does not inspire much confidence, he still hit 21 home runs and 62 RBI.
Last season, he hit .283/.364/.450 with 7 home runs and 22 RBI. Those are solid numbers that the Giants would surely benefit from if they were stretched out over the course of a full season.
Of course, there are questions about Bradley starting with his age. He will turn 31 in April, and there is a legitimate concern that signing Bradley may mean less playing time for younger players like Mauricio Dubon or even outfield prospect Heliot Ramos should he get called up in 2021.
However, signing Bradley would almost certainly make the Giants a better baseball team in 2021 and could allow the team to get creative with players like Dubon and give Ramos more time to develop.
The following slides will further examine three reasons why the Giants should pursue Jackie Bradley Jr. in free agency.