Brewers Still Improving: Bringing Mike Moustakas Back on a One-Year Deal

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Brewers Still Improving: Bringing Mike Moustakas Back on a One-Year Deal

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It’s almost like a willingness to spend in this market can yield you really tremendous short-term deals. Wild, I know.

After nabbing catcher Yasmani Grandal on a one-year deal, the Brewers are also going to bring back third baseman Mike Moustakas on a one-year deal:

Moustakas, 30, has been an above-average player three of the past four years, including a solid campaign last year. His bat has been trending toward only slightly-above-average after what looked like a breakout in 2015, but pair a slightly-above-average bat with slightly-above-average defense at third base, and boom, you’ve got an above-average player. And the Brewers got him on a cheap one-year deal.

Moustakas’s presence on the roster allows the Brewer to cover up their otherwise scary second base situation with Travis Shaw, who is extremely playing out of position there, but has a huge bat. With their extreme shifting tendencies, the Brewers also hide Shaw well.

If there were any question before, there isn’t now: the Brewers are, on paper, right up there with the Cubs and Cardinals in the NL Central. Whatever the projections say, there’s just no questioning it, in my view.

It’s a shame that the Cubs’ opaque baseball budget was not granted some more flexibility this offseason, with the market ripe for the picking and a window of contention open for the club to seize upon. Otherwise, maybe we’d be talking about how the Cubs are trying to take advantage of supreme talents like Bryce Harper or Craig Kimbrel still being on the market.

I know, I know. I’m being overly dramatic. Moustakas is not a game-changer. It’s just the idea of the Brewers taking advantage while the Cubs chill. I’m chapped. So I’m leaving it.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.