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Have Glove, Will Travel

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“Fourth outfielder with superior glove seeks a field to patrol.”

So should read the headline of the piece explaining that Jackie Bradley’s ascent to Boston’s opening day roster leaves Ryan Sweeney without a major-league job.

Sweeney’s bat can’t be confused with Ryan Braun’s, but he swings left, shows good on-base skills, and his glove should be enough that if released he easily catches on with a team that has thin leather in the corner OF spots as Sweeney’s  UZR is significantly above average for both LF and RF. (For a much longer and deeper discussion of UZR, see the FanGraphs essay here.)

While the Rays and Braves and Angels demonstrate little, if any, need for such a player, there should be plenty of others who could use a plus defender with above-average on-base skills.

Philadelphia, for example; even if Dominic Brown and Delmon Young produce offensively, and Young’s wOBA may not exceed Sweeney’s by much), they are significantly below-average defenders.

Just think about it.