When the Blue Jays made a trade with the Cleveland Guardians earlier this season, many were hoping the club was able to swing a deal for infielder Jose Ramirez (although he had already signed a contract extension a couple of days prior). Instead, the Jays were acquiring former top prospect Bradley Zimmer in exchange for reliever Anthony Castro, adding another member to the outfield core bringing the total to five.
Looking at his batting stats alone, one may wonder how the hell Zimmer is still on the active roster at this point in the season.
Through 69 at-bats, the lefty-batter owns a .116/.208/.261 slash line with eight hits, two home runs, and a .469 OPS while being used off the bench the entire season. Where he excels is his defensive ability, as the plus runner and defender are able to come in late and take over in centre field, which either gives George Springer a break or moves him to right field and gets Teoscar Hernandez out of the game. Zimmer does have a highlight reel catch already on the season and did recently hit a home run this past weekend, so maybe this is a sign of good things to come.
The main reason Zimmer makes this list is due to whether the Jays go out and acquire a left-handed batter before the trade deadline, as a majority of the options available like Ian Happ and Andrew Benintendi play in the outfield and the former Guardians outfielder is the lowest on the active roster leaderboards compared to the other outfielders.