Brewers shake-up roster

The Brewers have made some major roster changes today. They:

– Recalled second base prospect Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Nashville in the most notable portion of the shake-up. Gennett, 23, was batting .297 in the Minors and may not be the sort of player who want to stash on the bench. This could be significant for the still-slumping Rickie Weeks.

– Released veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez, who returned from knee surgery and could not take advantage to start at first base, batting .177 in 113 at-bats.

– Optioned right-hander Mike Fiers back to Triple-A Nashville, a day after Fiers surrendered seven runs, five earned, in 1 2/3 innings of what he termed an “embarassing” loss to the Phillies.

– Acquired third baseman Juan Francisco in a trade with the Braves for Minor League left-hander Thomas Keeling. Francisco, 25, is a career .254 hitter with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs in 209 Major League games with the Reds and Braves. He hit .241 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 35 games with Atlanta this season but was designated for assignment on Thursday.

Francisco will be in uniform No. 21 for Tuesday’s game against Oakland at Miller Park.

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4 Comments

Any hope for Fiers as a starter in the future? Looks doubtful to me based on the record.

Fiers, last 2 seasons as starter prior to 8/13/12: 1.82 ERA.
On 8/13/12 at Colorado (starter): 8 ERs in 2 innings pitched
Fiers, in starts beginning 8/13/12 through yesterday: 7.92 ERA
In last 13 starts: Went beyond 5 innings 4 times. Went beyond 5 innings allowing 3 runs or fewer twice, none in last 10 starts.

So what happened to Mike?

ps… This was done literally “back of the envelope”, so I cannot vouch for 100% accuracy. But regardless, the basic conclusion stands because it’s close enough.

Gonzalez is a better defender than Weeks. Should have kept him and sent Rickie on his way. All comes down to $$ though. Could be gearing up for some major changes this year unless the team perks up.

Gonzalez seemed to me to have “checked out” — just my impression. Might it be addition by subtraction? At any rate, he’s 36 and coming off injury — so he could not be in the team’s future in a significant way. Will Weeks ever recover offensively? Not optimistic about it, but stranger things have happened.

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