Jackie Bradley Jr., 30, is the best remaining position player on the MLB free agent market.
The lifelong outfielder for the Boston Red Sox is one of the elite defenders in the sport, as he’s sixth among MLB center fielders in DRS since he became a full-time starter in 2014 (49). Meanwhile, he’s coming off an encouraging season at the plate where he posted an .814 OPS and 22 RBIs. The issue with Bradley is he has struggled to produce on a consistent basis with the exception of his 2020 and 2016 campaigns. He has pop in his bat. It’s a matter of him striking out less.
Here are the five best MLB free agent destinations for Jackie Bradley Jr
5. Colorado Rockies
The Rockies are in a state of flux in the aftermath of being fleeced by the St. Louis Cardinals for Nolan Arenado. That said, there has been no signal of them rebuilding, especially with the front office supposedly keeping Trevor Story in a walk year. They could aim to be competitive for a year, an effort which Bradley would help.
He could be their opening day center fielder, playing in-between budding star Raimel Tapia and the easy breezy Charlie Blackmon. Bradley’s knack for getting behind fly balls near the warning track and general field awareness would come into play in the daunting venue that is Coors Field.
With Ian Desmond opting out of the 2021 MLB season, the Rockies could use another bat, especially one that plays the outfield. Bradley provides a power threat from the left side and a player to fill Desmond’s place.
4. Atlanta Braves
Yes, the Braves could roll with Marcell Ozuna, Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuna Jr. as their starting outfield with Austin Riley occasionally getting an assignment in the grass next season. On the other hand, they could sign Bradley to start in center and improve their positional depth chart