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.


I am glad to see Tony Gwynn Jr. get a chance to play. This could turn into the Lou Brock, Ernie Broglio trade of years gone by. Tony G. will hit over 300 every year. He just never got a chance with the Brewers.

Tony Gwynn will probably do very little. He has never had any power, even warning track. His speed is good, but not great. The guy is an above average defensive center fielder with nothing but singles power and very little potential. I’m amazed the Brewers were able to get Gerut, even though he’s not all that amazing either.

Why do people say that? He is yet to hit above .300 in a whole minor league season, yet alone the majors.

I’ve always thought Doug Melvin has been a great GM, but I could never figure out why he didn’t like Gwynn. Nothing against Mike Cameron but I think instead of signing him they should have let Tony play. He has great speed, he’s great in the field, and has excellent lead-off potential, not to mention some great genetics as well. If I were GM I would have given him a chance, and even if I were to trade him it would have been for a second baseman now that Rickie is gone, not for a 31 year old outfielder hitting .220. Overall a big mistake by the Crew that will probably haunt them in the future.

good luck getting at bats in the outfield with the brewers. its hard to stay sharp getting 3 swings a week with 3 of the top 6 batters in the every day lineup being outfielders.

I like the trade alot. Gerut is a solid OF and should fit well in Milwaukee. He’s got the potential to be lead off someday. I’ve always been a fan of TG Jr. He’s a solid player whose time will come to make the Bigs. People can criticize what he’s done so far, but being the kid of one of the best ball players of all time, I’m sure he won’t disappoint.

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