Jon Jay‘s signing by the Sox could become a very underrated acquisition. Yes, we all know that Jay is a friend of Manny Machado. The Sox didn’t sign Machado but they could still benefit from the signing of Jay.
Jay is a veteran outfielder and has been a part of some winning ballclubs in his eight major league seasons. He might not start every game in center field for the Sox this upcoming season, but it could be hard for manager Rick Renteria to keep him out of the lineup. Jay could possibly be the Sox leadoff hitter to start the season as he’s proving to be very productive this Spring.
Through 26 at-bats in Spring Training, Jay has a .385/.407/.615 slash line with a 1.023 OPS, two home runs and eight RBIs. Jay’s presence at the top of the lineup would be great for the Sox for 2019. Last season, the Sox didn’t have a good leadoff hitter and it hurt their offense mightily. The Sox might have tried to entice Machado to sign with them by signing Jay, but this signing could still potentially work in their favor.
Jay much like each of the aforementioned players still have time left to continue performing well during Spring Training. Success in the Spring doesn’t mean it will carry over to the regular season. However, it’s never a bad thing to see many players doing well for the Sox in Spring Training. As fans, we certainly needed more positive news recently than what we’ve gotten thus far this year.