The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they signed Ben Game to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million with a club option of $2.55 million for 2021.
OF Ben Gamel has signed a 1-year contract with a club option for 2021, avoiding arbitration. pic.twitter.com/DEq2JUkFPj— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) December 3, 2019
Gamel is a highly useful backup outfielder who also hits from the left side. He plays adequate or better defense at all three outfield positions, putting up +5 Defensive Runs Saved and a +3.7 UZR. In 351 plate appearances, Gamel posted an 87 wRC+. While that’s not great, it’s reasonable for a left-handed bat getting limited playing time behind a star-studded outfield.
The Brewers’ back outfielder was projected to make $1.6 million in arbitration. That gives the Brewers $200k extra to play with. Milwaukee already freed up $15.8 million in estimated arbitration costs with its five non-tenders and signing Arcia to a $2.2 million deal.
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