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Can Jackie Bradley Jr. help the Blue Jays?

The Blue Jays signed 32-year-old outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.
Blue Jays to 32 Signed 1-year-old outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Photo by Winslow Townson /Getty Images

Baltimore — The Blue Jays have added a striking name from the past for playoff insurance.

But it remains to be seen what more can be extracted from 32-year-old Jackie Bradley Jr. The club announced Tuesday that the former Gold Glove Award-winning Boston Red Sox outfielder has signed for the remainder of the season after the Sox made his second transfer, keeping him out of the 40-man roster.

After Beantown won his series at the 2018 Worlds, Bradley eventually moved to the Milwaukee Brewers on his two-year deal for $24 million, one in his season. Traded him back to Boston.

His .210 batting average and his 29 RBIs in his 92 games have helped Boston up-and-coming Jaren to prevent him from being released in favor of Duran. was not enough. After spending several days with his family deciding on his next move, Bradley signed one of Boston's great rivals to a deal.

``This guy has changed so fast in a couple of days. "I've been lucky enough to know a lot of them from playing against them. It's a talented group." he was philosophical.

"It's always a work in progress," said Bradley. "This is a game where things can go one way and (eventually) go the other way. You keep growing all the time. We didn't have the aggressive year we wanted, but I'm happy to have a fresh start."

Bradley hails from just near the Virginia state line, with Camden Yards as the backdrop for some of his most acrobatic catches and a I am familiar with the copper plaques on the bricks of Yuto Cent on the back of the hand. Homer landed. One of those who have cleared the park in its 30-year history. His family attended Tuesday night.

George Springer's ongoing elbow problems affected the Jays' move. Manager John Schneider felt even better about the acquisition after a brief pre-match meeting with Bradley. I know a few guys who played college ball with Whit (Merrifield) in South Carolina.

"He's ready for anything we throw at him." He has a good track record and knows the department and everything,”  Schneider said. "I love his defense, his speed and his versatility. It's good to have as many options as possible at this time of year." Merrifield or Bradley available.

"Either way," said Schneider. "For a lot of players it's just trying to find the best possible spot depending on the situation in the game. If you like the matchup, it could be both (Left-handed Bradley starts or comes off the bench). We (outfielders) all have our own set of skills, it's just a matter of finding the right spot."

lhornby@postmedia.com

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