The Milwaukee Brewers are running thin on options to acquire a first baseman this offseason. Brewers’ General Manager Doug Melvin has been reaching out to several clubs hoping to find a trade partner to land their first baseman. You can scratch off the Texas Rangers and the possibility of them shopping Mitch Moreland.
“Texas, at this point, is not willing to talk [Mitch] Moreland,” said Melvin.
So what options are left? The Brewers haven’t ruled out the potential of signing free-agent Michael Young. At the ripe age of 37 years old, Young has a career batting average of .300 and could immediately slide into the vacant first base position. He is not only a tremendous professional hitter but a tremendous leader. Young does have ties to Melvin and Brewers’ bench coaches Jerry and Johnny Narron when they were all together in the Rangers’ organization earlier in his career.
Obviously, the Brewers would prefer the 28-year-old left-handed power hitting Moreland. However, if the Rangers are indeed hesitant to move him, the Brewers may look to bring in Young. However, because of his age, he more than likely won’t be out there every game and the Brewers will have to mix in Juan Francisco to prevent Young from breaking down.
Melvin continues to have discussions with the New York Mets about Ike Davis but it appears the Mets are set to head into spring with both Davis and Lucas Duda on their roster. The Brewers are unwilling to part with young pitching which makes Melvin’s job that much more difficult to draw trade interest. The Brew Crew still have plenty of pop in that lineup but certainly have a glaring hole at first base. It’ll be interesting to see what strings Melvin pulls to fill the vacancy.