With the exception of Omar Narvaez and Christian Yelich, the Milwaukee Brewers are devoid of left handed power in their lineup. With Miller Park being especially friendly to left handed bats, David Stearns seems to be looking to rectify that.
Interest in free agent OF Kole Calhoun is solidifying, with the #BlueJays, #Reds, #Brewers and #Marlins all showing interest, sources say. He’s coming off a career-high 33 HR season with the #Angels. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 11, 2019
#Brewers continue to explore LH bats with pop, who ususally fare well at Miller Park, after losses of Moustakas, Thames (unless re-signed) and Grandal (switch-hitter). That's why they had interest in Didi Gregorius and now with Kole Calhoun.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 11, 2019
According to Jon Morosi, the Brewers are one of the teams interested in the services of Kole Calhoun. After a miserable 2018, Calhoun rebounded with a slash of .232/.325/.436 while belting 33 home runs. He is generally regarded as a good defender in right field even though he was graded at -1 DRS in 2019.
This move would allow the Brewers to move Christian Yelich back to left field where he has posted better defensive numbers (33 career DRS in left field vs. 2 DRS in right field). That would require that Ryan Braun play more first base than Craig Counsell is likely comfortable with.
Calhoun turned 32 years old in October. MLBTradeRumors.com predicted that Calhoun would get a 1-year, $6 million contract. If the Brewers were to land the long time Angels right fielder, they would be getting an inexpensive power bat with a solid track record of on-the-field performance.
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