The Milwaukee Brewers knew they would have to strengthen their infield as well as their bench with Corey Hart sidelined the first two months of the season with a knee injury. The Brewers were successfully able to bolster the infield squad for the 2013 MLB season with one great signing.
Milwaukee has agreed to a contract with shortstop Alex Gonzalez that is worth $1.5 million over one year plus at least $1 million in incentives. Those incentives are assumed to include games appeared in and plate appearances. The deal is currently pending a physical and the Brewers will have to clear a spot for him on their 40-man roster.
This is obviously a terrific signing that will please many Brewers fans as well as players in the organization. Gonzalez was not only a great veteran presence in the field and the locker room, but he was a vocal leader that many players looked to for guidance.
Shortstop Jean Segura, who Milwaukee acquired last season in the Zack Greinke trade, will still most likely be the starter with Gonzalez backing him up. However, it is good to know the Brewers have an outstanding defensive player on the bench who is also very capable of swinging a bat. Quick, when was the last time Milwaukee had this much defensive depth in their infield? Yeah, I don’t remember either.
The 35-year-old Gonzalez 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 before the fatal injury. More importantly, his defensive skills were off the charts, as the Brewers could never recover in that area after he went down.
Even though not having Hart is a huge blow to the team, and the offense could very well take a dive due to his absence, it is nice to see the roster shaping up with talented players at every position.