When a team has the highest payroll in franchise history, certain moves have to be made to ensure that money will not go to waste. Veteran experience is a key to success in Major League Baseball, which is why the Milwaukee Brewers’ two recent roster moves should not surprise the fan base.
The Brewers informed Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay that they both will be on the 25-man roster. Reynolds is not a surprise considering many had him pegged as the opening day starter at first base. However, Overbay is a little bit shocking simply because he has underperformed in spring training, while Juan Francisco has excelled.
Personally, I thought it was a no-brainer that Reynolds and Overbay would make the team when it was announced months ago that they had been added to the 40-man roster. But Overbay’s intense struggles the past month changed that thought process, especially since Francisco showed a vast improvement at the plate. Francisco batted .346 with three home runs and six RBI in 26 at-bats prior to his locker getting cleaned out. Overbay is batting .114 with zero run production. Not to mention, he’s in the middle of a 0-for-26 slump.
So why did the Brewers decide Overbay is the better fit on the bench than Francisco is? One explanation is that Milwaukee values veteran experience above anything else. Along with that, Overbay is simply the better defensive player. Francisco’s shaky field experience is what gave Milwaukee their doubts. In fact, Francisco’s poor defense is why he’s most likely destined for a life as a designated hitter with an American League team.
As a fan of the Brewers, I can’t wait to see Reynolds and Overbay in action. Both players bring something different to the table while both are very capable of crushing their fair share of home runs. Although, I have to imagine Reynolds will double Overbay’s numbers.