With first baseman Corey Hart out at least the first two months of the 2013 MLB season with a knee injury, the Milwaukee Brewers are determined to find help in the infield. Should the Brewers re-sign shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal to bolster the depth?
Mat Gamel is expected to play first base full time for Milwaukee while Hart recovers from knee surgery. Considering Gamel was going to start the season as the Brewers top bench asset, Milwaukee will now have to find one more player to fill the spot. It is critical that the Brewers find a capable defensive infielder because if Gamel’s knee goes again then they will need someone to suit up every day.
There are several options to consider such as calling up one of the organization’s top prospects to give them valuable big-league experience.
One prospect in particular the Brewers could call up is first baseman Hunter Morris. I have Morris ranked No. 5 on my list of the top 10 Brewers prospects for the 2013 season. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter batted .303 with 28 home runs, 113 RBIs, 40 doubles and six triples in Double-A last season. However, he did strikeout 117 times, which is certainly something he must work on. Even so, he was named the 2012 Southern League MVP for his solid performance.
Morris would be a great addition to the team, but I believe Milwaukee is more interested in going through free agency to acquire an infielder. The Brewers seem to have their eye on Gonzalez once again. The 35-year-old played in 24 games with Milwaukee last season before tearing his ACL in a brutal slide into second base. Gonzalez was off to the best start of his career in which he was batting .259 with four home runs, 15 RBIs and four doubles in 81 plate appearances. More importantly, his defensive skills were off the charts, as the Brewers could never recover in that area after he went down.
Considering Gonzalez has yet to sign with another team, Milwaukee would most likely be able to sign him to a good deal. It would be a win-win for both parties and something general manager Doug Melvin must certainly consider.