After landing Yasmani Grandal on something of a dream one-year contract, the Milwaukee Brewers might just go ahead and twist the knife in their now-annual January rostering spree:
The Milwaukee Brewers did their best work last January, and they’re following the same pattern this year. First came yesterday’s surprise signing of catcher Yasmani Grandal, and now the Brewers are in heavy pursuit of an infielder to play second or third base, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2019
Although the Brewers already have a very capable offense, especially after adding Grandal, they have an obvious hole at second base right now. And competitive teams, when they see obvious holes, they fill them.
With Travis Shaw theoretically capable of playing either second or third, the Brewers have the flexibility to make an addition at either position in a free agent market that’ll probably yield them another steal. At third base, they could try to bring back Mike Moustakas. At second base, they could go after someone like Jed Lowrie. There a number of compelling options if you’re willing to spend.
If the Brewers manage to bring in a plus bat at second (or third), they would figure to enter the season with an above-average projected bat at every single position except shortstop. Could they still use a starting pitcher? Yes. Could they still add one from here? Absolutely.
Brewers ain’t layin’ down.