According to a Red Sox beat writer, the Milwaukee Brewers have come to agreement on a two-year deal with outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. It is a $24 million deal with a player option after the first year.
Source: Jackie Bradley Jr. is heading to the Milwaukee Brewers. Two-year, $24 million deal with a player option after the first year.
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The signing of Jackie Bradley Jr. means that the Brewers have three outfielders that have won Gold Glove awards at some point in their careers. Christian Yelich won one in left field with the Marlins. Lorenzo Cain, of course, won one in center field with the Brewers. JBJ also won one in center field for the Red Sox in 2018.
The Brewers’ Crowded Outfield
The Milwaukee Brewers seemed pretty set in all their outfield positions entering Spring Training. Lorenzo Cain will be the highest paid player on the team this year, and still has two years remaining on the largest free agent contract in Brewers’ history. Christian Yelich, of course, is a perennial MVP candidate who will be in the lineup every day. Avisail Garcia came into camp 36 pounds lighter and has looked good so far this spring. Where does Jackie Bradley Jr. fit?
Will Lorenzo Cain retire or be traded? What does this mean for Avisail Garcia? None of these players can play third base, so the battle remains in the outfield. It is hard to imagine paying a fourth outfielder more than $10 million, so it stands to reason there will be a secondary move after this one. Who really knows, though?
In Stearns We Trust. Welcome to Milwaukee, JBJ!