Mat Gamel’s time with the Milwaukee Brewers was an interesting one at that. Unfortunately, no one will ever get to find out his true potential in Milwaukee after the Chicago Cubs claimed him off waivers. Will the Brewers regret allowing the first baseman to leave the team after they were forced to clear room on their 40-man roster?
The 28-yearsuffered season-ending ACL injuries in back-to-back years, which really halted his progression in the majors. It is interesting to think about what could have been if Gamel was able to stay healthy. The Brewers always had high hopes for him as he was ranked one of the top prospects on the team for several years. He certainly showed signs of potential at the plate and in the field. However, nothing that really jumped off the page regarding his numbers.
Like Taylor Green, the Brewers were hoping Gamel would clear waivers so they could re-sign him to a Minor League contract. Unfortunately, the reality is Gamel is too good of a player for no one to at least take a chance on him, especially an organization that is in the state the Cubs are in.
“We’re going to try to talk to Taylor and sign him back,” general manager Doug Melvin said, according to Brewers.com. “We were going to try to do the same with Mat had he gotten through.”
If Milwaukee is unable to re-sign Corey Hart to play first base then it could be a huge mistake letting Gamel go. The revolving door at the position in 2013 made the Brewers realize they cannot go through another year with taking a chance at first. The good news is it appears Milwaukee will bring back Hart, which means Gamel could have been fighting for a spot on the bench.