Now we understand how the Milwaukee Brewers will attack the new 2021 season.
What a December they had. While they did not take up the final year of The Great 8’s contract, they did sign Zach Green to a minor league deal. His credentials in 2020 totaled 16 plate appearances and picked up two hits. Then they jumped on Luke Maile from the Pirates. He didn’t play last year because of a fractured right index finger in July. He is another catcher who batted .198 with 10 home runs in his career. On the pitching side, they got Leo Crawford in the Corey Knebel trade. He last played in Double-A in 2019. They also signed outfielder/first baseman Dustin Peterson to a minor league deal. He had big number for the independent Sugar Land Skeeter in 2020 and is hitting bonanza in the Mexican Pacific Winter League.
This is an off season you dream about if you are a Cream City Nine fan.
The Crew gained Luis Perdoma, a right handed pitcher who is recovering from Tommy John surgery as the Padres cut him. When he was pitching he had a 5.19 ERA in 444 1/3rd inning. Then the Brew Crew signed left-handed reliever Hoby Milner from the Phillies. Why he still isn’t with the Philadelphia club is a mystery but a 7.77 ERA might be a clue. They also signed Dylan Cozens to a minor league contract. He hasn’t played since May 2019 because of surgery to remove bone spurs and repair torn cartilage in his left foot.
Then one of the highlights, the Brewers claimed outfielder Tim Lopes off waivers from the Mariners. In 46 of the 60 games last season, he hit .252 and stole 11 bases in 14 attempts.He has value being multi-positional bench player. He could be a super-utility player on the Crew’s bench. Now before you scoff at the batting average, that would have been the third highest batting average on the team last year just behind the leader, Daniel Vogelbach (.328) and Orlando Arcia (.260).
To top off an exciting month, Jacob Nottingham, one of four catchers on the squad, underwent surgery on the radial collateral ligament of his left thumb. He’ll have two months to get ready for spring training in American Family Fields of Phoenix.
And with all of that improvement, Ray Montgomery, Brewers VP/Special assistant to the GM jumped to the Angels to work in an exec capacity under the Halo’s new GM Minasian. Must have been the year-round weather which prompted the move.
Oh, at Midnight Thursday, December 31, 2020, it became official. Miller Park is no more. It is now officially American Family Fields.
Yep. It was a December to Remember.
Can’t wait for the excitement to hit American Family Fields of Phoenix in a couple of months.