Reason #2: Would give SF Giants Prospects more Time to Develop
Two prospects in the Giants system, Heliot Ramos and Hunter Bishop, both have the potential to be starting center fielders in the future. However, at 21 and 22 respectively, the Giants may want to give both players a few more years to develop in the minors before they see some action in the big leagues.
Both Ramos and Bishop have shown promise in recent years with Ramos in the minors and Bishop in college at Arizona State. If they could develop that talent further, then they might have a good problem to have with too many quality center fielders.
Singing Bradley would, in effect, make him a bridge to the newer crop of players a year or two down the road. He would provide stability in center while Ramos and Bishop got more reps and experience in the minor leagues.
This is important because the last thing the Giants would want to do with either player is call them up too early only for them to struggle and get sent back down with less confidence.
Bradley would give them both the opportunity to develop further without the bright spotlight of the major leagues shining upon them.
Beyond future considerations for the team, the next slide deals with a simple fact and possibly the best reason to sign Jackie Bradley to a deal this offseason.