The Kansas City Royals, who have been worried about an outfielder injury since spring training, embraced a former Gold Glove outfielder.
Kansas City announced on its official website on the 2nd (Korean time), “The club has signed a minor league contract with Jackie Bradley Jr. to strengthen outfield depth.”
Bradley Jr. is a veteran outfielder who spent 10 years in the major leagues. He spent most of his career with the Boston Red Sox, winning an All-Star, Gold Glove, and ALCS MVP, as well as a championship ring.
From 2015, he had a golden age of his career, hitting double-digit homers for five consecutive years. However, he started to falter from the 2020 season, and in the 2021 season, he even crashed with a batting average of 10%. Last year, he recorded a batting average of 0.203, 4 homers, 38 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.566, and he could not get out of the swamp of sluggishness.
Bradley Jr. couldn’t find a team in the offseason, but as Kansas City had many injured players, he was looking for a new team. 슈퍼벳 토토
Kansas City has both Drew Walters and Diego Hernandez out with injuries this spring. Waters was making a name for himself as a starting center fielder, and Hernandez had played in Double-A, but was excited to join the 40-man roster.
The exact return date has not yet been set, but it is interpreted that Bradley Jr. was recruited in case the two players could not return quickly. He is expected to aim for his re-entry as he enters the exhibition game.
On the other hand, Bradley Jr. was a major league free agent, so if he does not join the roster by the 26th, he can execute an opt-out.