If you thought the Angels were done adding outfielders, you were wrong. On Thursday, the Angels agreed to a minor-league contract with free-agent Jon Jay.
The #Angels have signed OF Jon Jay to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. https://t.co/dc9SxtIpOR— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) February 11, 2021
Jon Jay #LAAngels deal: $1.1M if in majors. Spring invite.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 12, 2021
Jay has appeared in nearly 1,200 games over the past decade and has spent time with the Cardinals, White Sox, Cubs, Padres, Royals and most recently the D-Backs.
He spent only 18 games with Arizona in 2020, hitting only .160. However, like everyone’s season from last year, it was a very small sample size. From 2016-2019, Jay hit .281 with 398 hits, 71 doubles and 200 runs scored.
Jay will reunite with Joe Maddon, who was his manager while Jay spent time with the Cubs in 2017.
In his career, Jay has spent time playing all three outfield positions. He’s spent majority of games in center field (678), but also has played 281 games in right field and 202 games in left field. If he’s able to crack the roster, he’ll be a valuable depth piece for the Angels.