The Milwaukee Brewers had a giant hole to fill in their offensive lineup coming into the 2014 season as they were in need of an urgent upgrade at the first base position. The word ‘urgent’ might seem like a stretch, but they had to do something about it after the group of Yuniesky Betancourt, Juan Francisco and Alex Gonzalez posted a mere .211/.256/.359 line that was considered the worst at the position in all of baseball since 1900.
They have partially solved the issue after adding Mark Reynolds to the mix with a minor league deal that included an invite to Spring Training. While minor league signings are usually made to provide depth and competition at Spring Training, the one given to Reynolds could prove to be significant for the Brewers.
After trying to sign the likes of James Loney with little success, the organization decided to go in a different direction with Reynolds. Even though he has never been a hitter with a high average, he should provide power and an offensive spark to a team that severely lacked one.
Things should go smoothly for Reynolds at Miller Park, a stadium ranked as the fourth-best for hitters with RH power, and he should be a nice addition to the Brewers’ lineup. Even if he only plays at a replacement level, that is already a huge step forward considering what they had in 2013.
That said, while adding Reynolds could provide depth and value, the Brewers still have to do something else in order to compete in the NL Central.