After trading away Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners a few weeks ago in exchange for a couple relief pitchers with more years of control, the team's outfield depth is currently looking quite slim. They have George Springer, who is very prone to injuries, Lourdes Gurriel Jr, Otto Lopez, Nathan Lukes, and utility man Whit Merrifield. Jackie Bradley Jr was a name on that list for the latter part of last season. Should the Blue Jays consider bringing him back for another year?
Jackie Bradley Jr has spent time in the majors with the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Toronto Blue Jays. Bradley Jr signed a one-year deal with Toronto back in August after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox, a team in which he's spent parts of eight seasons. At the time, he was expected to be a valuable bench option that provided tremendous defense.
After injuries to George Springer and Lourdes Gurriel Jr down the stretch, Bradley Jr ended up appearing in 40 games with the Blue Jays last season - presumably more than the front office and Bradley Jr himself were expecting him to play in.
Now, with the club lacking outfield options, it may make sense to bring back Jackie Bradley Jr once again as an option off the bench -- a left-handed bat with a plus defense that gives players like George Springer a day to rest here and there.
The franchise has been linked to big-name free agent outfields thus far this offseason, like left-handed bats Brandon Nimmo and former NL MVP Cody Bellinger. With Pittsburgh Pirates star outfielder Bryan Reynolds recently requesting a trade, it's likely only a matter of time before the trade rumors connecting Reynolds to Toronto start to circulate as well.
If the franchise ends up missing out on any of these big name free agents this offseason, it could make a lot of sense for the Blue Jays to bring back Bradley Jr once again as an option off the bench.