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The Brewers take 1 step forward and 1 step back

Within 72 hours of the final out of the World Series the Milwaukee Brewers made a great trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Brewers sent arbitration-eligible right-hander Marco Estrada in exchange for 1st/3rd baseman Adam Lind. Both players in the deal ironically are 31 years old. In 2014 Estrada went 7-6 in 39 appearances. After the All-Star break he went to strictly a reliever. At which time he made 20 appearances with a respectable 2.81 ERA.

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New Brewer’s 1st basemen Adam Lind

When a club makes a trade they are suppose to sure up there weaknesses, and the Brewers did so with this trade. And did so at an affordable price. Before executing the trade, the Blue Jays picked up Lind’s 2015 option, which will pay him $7.5 million. The Brewers inherited another club option for 2016 at $8 million, with a $500,000 buyout. In 2014 and in 2013 the Brewers were last in the league in offensive production at 1st base with a mark of .642 OPS in 2014 and an even worse .629 in 2013. Over those two seasons Adam Lind had an .856 OPS. But don’t think either player in this deal is without their problems. Estrada gave up more home runs than any other pitcher in the big leagues last year with 29 and the glaring problem with Lind is that he has not started 100 games or more in 2 of the past 3 seasons.

Overall though a step forward for the Brewers. He fills a position of weakness for an affordable price.

If you were the general manager of the Brewers, and you had a player who was coming off his worst statistical year for number of games played, was turning 37 years old, who hit .285 with 15 home runs and 66 RBI’sin 133 games would you re-sign him? Alright would you sign him if the price was right? By right I mean $5-7 million for the season. I would do that, he is serviceable. But, the Milwaukee Brewers signed 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez to a mutual option (which means both sides must agree to the amount of money in the option) worth $14 million for next season! Just so you understand how much money this is, and to put things into perspective, Ryan Braun is only making $12 million next season, Evan Longoria will make $11 million and Matt Carpenter will make $3.5 million.

That is a step back. To get that kind of production at that age for that much money is just as much of a bad move as Lind was a good move.




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