With the Milwaukee Brewers reported to be signing Jackie Bradley Jr.to a two year contract, that means he needs a roster spot. The problem is, there currently isn’t one.
The outfield has a logjam with Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Avisail Garcia, and now Bradley at the top of the depth chart. All four are making above $10MM in 2021 and are going to be on the roster.
President of baseball operations David Stearns loves having incredible amounts of depth at most positions on his roster. Having all that depth means very full and very competitive rosters, however.
With the Brewers 40 man roster at full capacity, when the Bradley signing becomes official, someone is going to need to be booted off the roster to make room. So who could that be?
Brewers DFA Candidate #1: OF Billy McKinney
Claimed off waivers last September, McKinney is a former top prospect that the Brewers haven’t gotten too much of a look at, but in his limited appearances, he hasn’t really impressed much.
He was sent to the alternate training site last year after being claimed and in spring training so far, McKinney’s 1-for-9 with five strikeouts.
Being out of minor league options, McKinney was thought to be one of the leading candidates to win the fourth outfielder job coming into spring. But then the Brewers acquired Derek Fisher in a trade gave him some competition and now the addition of Bradley all but ensures he won’t make the Opening Day roster.
With getting pushed down the depth chart and his poor performance so far in spring, McKinney is a candidate to get designated for assignment to make room for Bradley Jr.