Phillies reportedly looking for defense in CF, interested in Jackie Bradley Jr.


The Phillies are looking to add defense in center field ahead of Tuesday's MLB Trade Deadline, according to Jon Heyman, who specifically mentions Jackie Bradley Jr. among some other names.

Bradley Jr. is interesting because of his connection with Phillies president Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski saw first-hand how Jackie Bradley Jr. can impact a World Series run. So when there is word that the Phillies president of baseball operations is kicking the tires on a reunion with the outfielder, it should come as little surprise.

The Phillies currently hold the final Wild Card spot in the National League, sitting at 55-47 after winning their last five games. The Red Sox, conversely, are 3 1/2 games out of a Wild Card spot, residing one game under .500.

While Bradley Jr. has struggled this season offensively - hitting .210 with a .578 OPS - he has shown signs of life as of late, carrying an .862 OPS since the All-Star break thanks in part to a two-double performance Sunday.

Bradley Jr. remains one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, an area the Phillies are clearly prioritizing improving upon. He is making $9.5 million this season while carrying a mutual option for $12 million in 2023.

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