The Milwaukee Brewers have been very inventive this season when it comes to getting their best players on the field. Now, they could be planning to get especially crazy. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says Milwaukee has inquired about the Kansas City Royals’ Mike Moustakas. Moustakas is an alright third baseman and can play first base, but he’s limited to those two positions. In order to make room for Mike Moustakas, the Crew would move Travis Shaw to second base.
Moustakas has been having a respectable season. He’s slashing .245/.307/.457 with 19 homers and a 105 wRC+. That’s not amazing but it’s an undoubted improvement offensively than the players currently manning second base. Hernan Perez has a .655 OPS, Brad Miller has a .644 OPS since being acquired from Tampa Bay, while Jonathan Villar has a .693 OPS and is currently on the disabled list.
Moustakas also comes with some extra team control at a reasonable cost. He re-signed a one-year deal with the Royals this past offseason that includes a $15 million option mutual option for 2019.
As much as an upgrade as Moustakas would be to the lineup, there’s questions about whether or not Shaw could be adequate at second base. We shared a report that the Brewers have been working Shaw there before games.
Morosi wonders if the Brewers will reconsider trading for Moustakas now that the team has lost Brent Suter to a season-ending injury. While pitching needs help, there’s no doubt that the offense could use another contributor.
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