After being DFA’ed by the Red Sox last week, Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t have to spend much time in free agency. On Tuesday, the 32-year-old center fielder signed a Major League contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s a one-year deal that will run through the remainder of the 2022 season.
Bradley had been hitting .210 for the Red Sox before he was designated for assignment on Aug. 4. This was his second stint with the Red Sox, he made his MLB debut with the team in 2013 and played in Boston through 2020. He left for Milwaukee in free agency in 2021, but was traded back this past offseason along with two prospects for Hunter Renfroe.
Now in Toronto, Bradley joins a Blue Jays team that leads the AL Wild Card race by two and a half games. He’s Toronto’s second outfield addition this week, with the team also trading for Whit Merrifield at the deadline.
The Red Sox could now see Bradley six times for the remainder of the season. Toronto comes to Fenway August 23-25, and then the Red Sox are in Toronto for the final weekend of the regular season.