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Blue Jays sign outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a one-year major-league contract.

The 32-year-old was released by Boston on Thursday. He has a .210 average with 19 doubles, one triple, three home runs, and 29 runs batted in through 92 games this season.

The left-handed hitting outfielder was named an all-star in 2016, when he set career highs with 149 hits, 26 homers, and 87 RBIs.

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He helped Boston win the 2018 World Series and was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series that year with three RBIs on nine hits in a 4-1 win over Houston.

The native of Richmond, Va., is in his 10th major league season and has a career average of .228 with 329 extra-base hits across 1,099 games with Boston and Milwaukee.

The Blue Jays also optioned infielder Otto Lopez to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-handed pitcher Matt Peacock for assignment.

The Blue Jays announced the moves before a game against the Orioles on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 9, 2022.

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