March 9, 2021

The Houston Astros Should Sign Jackie Bradley Jr. (Baseball Essential)

The Houston Astros need another outfielder, and an ideal option exists for them on the free agent market: Jackie Bradley Jr.

Two expensive signings relative to the Astros have taken place this offseason: them re-signing Michael Brantley and lifelong Astro George Springer signing with the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, right fielder Josh Reddick remains a free agent. Basically, two-thirds of manager Dusty Baker‘s 2020 starting outfield is gone — for the moment at least.

One figures that Brantley and Kyle Tucker man the corner outfield positions, but questions linger in center. Sure, the Astros could roll with and/or platoon Myles Straw and Pedro Leon in center. On the other hand, they could sign a player in his prime who’s a perfect fit for their depth chart.

Bradley is coming off a plausible season at the plate. Hitting .283 while posting an .814 OPS, a 118 OPS+, seven home runs, and 22 RBIs, he was a steady force for the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball’s 60-game regular season.

All in all, Bradley has been so-so in the batter’s box across his eight-year MLB career. He sports a career .239 batting average and a .732 OPS. Bradley also sports an 828:692…

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