Source says Gamel, Green on waivers
Brewers infielders Mat Gamel and Taylor Green are on waivers today and would come off Milwaukee’s crowded 40-man roster on Thursday if they clear, according to a baseball source.
Neither player saw the field during the 2013 season. Gamel, penciled in as the starting first baseman for the second straight year after Corey Hart underwent a January knee surgery, re-tore the ACL in his right knee during the Brewers’ first full-squad workout of Spring Training. He has not played a regular season game since 2011 and would have been arbitration-eligible had he remained on the roster, even though he’s amassed only 240 Major League at-bats.
Green, the next man on the depth chart at first base when Gamel had his setback, was lost later in the spring to a left hip injury that also required surgery. He will be 27 in November and could still be attractive to the Brewers on a Minor League deal because he can play first base, which remains wide open, and third base, where Aramis Ramirez is heading into the final year of his contract.
By rule, Brewers officials cannot discuss players on the waiver wire.
Both Gamel and Green are currently on the Brewers’ 60-day disabled list, along with Corey Hart, who will be a free agent, and Rickie Weeks, who will have to be reinstated to a 40-man roster. That roster is currently full, but will see some relief when free agents Yuniesky Betancourt and Michael Gonzalez are removed after the World Series.
That still leaves the Brewers with some big decisions before Nov. 20, the date by which teams must add certain prospects to the 40-man roster to protect them from December’s Rule 5 Draft. Among the prospects under discussion are first basemen Hunter Morris and Jason Rogers, the franchise’s last two Minor League Players of the Year.
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