Brewers pick up Gerut from Padres for Gwynn
It’s being reported in San Diego that the Padres have traded Jody Gerut to the Brewers for Tony Gwynn Jr. in a swap of left-handed-hitting outfielders.
As of 2:30 p.m. CT, the Brewers had yet to make the announcement.
Gerut, 31, was hitting .221 with four home runs and 21 RBIs for the Padres and presumably will join the Brewers on Friday in Minneapolis before the start of a three-game Interleague Series. The Brewers, who currently have only four active outfielders, would have to clear a 25-man roster spot when Gerut arrives.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has admired Gerut for some time. Gerut had a breakthrough season in 2008, when he batted .296 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs. <p/>
The trade comes amid reports that the Padres were discussing another that would send Jake Peavy to the White Sox, and while the deal with the Brewers is no blockbuster, it still should raise some eyebrows in San Diego. Gwynn, 26, is the son of the Hall of Famer by the same name who played all 20 of his big league seasons for the Padres. The Brewers drafted Gwynn Jr. two picks before the Padres’ turn in the second round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
The Padres could have had Gwynn six weeks ago for nothing. He missed much of Spring Training with a sore right throwing shoulder, and the Brewers went instead with Chris Duffy and Brad Nelson for the Opening Day roster. Gwynn was placed on waivers, and Brewers officials were surprised when he cleared.
Gwynn responded by hitting .309 with a .387 on-base percentage, 39 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 16 tries at Triple-A Nashville.