Here’s why the Brewers should hold on to OF Domingo Santana

With the trade for Christian Yelich and the signing of Lorenzo Cain last week, the Brewers now have a surplus of outfielders. Besides Yelich and Cain, Milwaukee also has Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, and Brett Phillips, all who primarily play the three outfield positions.

Undoubtedly, the Brewers will have to move some of the outfielders on their roster, but should hold on to Domingo Santana, who had a breakout season in 2017. Santana’s name has come up  in multiple reports as a player the Brewers are currently shopping. Many have speculated that Milwaukee will be likely looking to trade Santana for a high-end starting pitcher.

The Brewers and Santana have been linked to teams and players such as the Tampa Bay Rays with Chris Archer and the Cleveland Indians with most notably Danny Salazar. It makes sense that Milwaukee would look into potential trade partners for Santana, but should at least think about holding on to a player of his caliber.

Since coming to Milwaukee as part of the trade that sent Carlos Gomez to the Houston Astros, Santana’s numbers have shown continued improvement. His batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, and OPS, were all up in each of the last three seasons. Not only has his batting production increased, but his defensive runs saved and adjusted range statistics have also improved. He also has a cannon for an arm out in right field. MLB Network ranked Santana as the 8th best right fielder heading into 2018.

The Brewers have also talked about moving Ryan Braun to first base, which would make sense since he took a step back in the outfield last season, but is still a bat you want in the lineup. Braun used to be an above-average outfielder, but age and injuries have started to take its toll. Of the five outfielders listed above, Braun is the worst outfielder of the group.

Santana’s contract goes right along with both Yelich and Cain’s deals. Cain will be under contract through the 2022 season making an average of $16 million a year. Yelich is under club control through 2022, making an average of just over $7 million per year, while Santana is under contract through 2021 and is eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2019. Overall the outfield of Cain, Yelich, and Santana will be under contract for the next four to five years at a reasonable price.

The Brewers also still have a good enough farm system to trade for a top-end starter. Prior to the Yelich trade, a move in which Milwaukee sent three top 100 prospect to the Marlins, the team’s farm system was ranked eighth by Baseball America. On Monday, the outlet had Milwaukee at No. 11. The Brewers still have three prospects ranked in the top 100 and two more who just narrowly missed the cut. The cupboard definitely isn’t bare in Milwaukee.

Overall, if the Brewers hold on to Santana, they would have one of the most productive outfields in MLB both offensively and defensively. Santana also has a very team-friendly deal and would be under contract for another four years, which would give Milwaukee financial flexibility. The Brewers also have a good enough farm system to go out and acquire top-end talent with the prospects they still have in the minor leagues.

3-run homer by Carlos Gomez helps Texas get past Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Brewers were done in by one of their former stars on Wednesday night in Texas.

Outfielder Carlos Gomez drilled a 3-run home run as part of a 4-run eighth inning to help the Rangers past the Crew 8-5. Gomez, who played six seasons in Milwaukee before being traded to Houston last year, had three hits in four at-bats for Texas, his 31st game with the Rangers since being cut by the Astros last month.

Another former Milwaukee player, pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, got the win by pitching a pair of scoreless innings.

Milwaukee was paced by Jonathan Villar, who led the game off with a home run, his 19th of the year.

If he hits one more, he’ll join an exclusive club of players that have hit at least 20 homers and stolen at least 60 bases in a single season. The last time in happened was in 1990 with Oakland’s Ricky Henderson, and just two other players — Joe Morgan and Eric Davis — have ever pulled the feat.

In his final start of the year, Milwaukee pitcher Chase Anderson went five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He finished the season with a 9-11 record and a 4.39 ERA.

The Brewers are off on Thursday, but will open the final series of their season on Friday in Colorado.

Gomez, Lucroy get 6-4 win over former team

ARLINGTON, Tex. — The bats of Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez and catcher Jonathan Lucroy helped defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Tuesday night.

Gomez had a three-run home run in the third inning and Lucroy provided the go-ahead run with a two-RBI double against their former team. Their efforts secured the win and also the No. 1 seed in the American League as they look for home-field advantage in the postseason.

“I haven’t been here all year, but the short time I have been here the fans have been great, so I think they deserve it,” Lucroy said. “I think it gives us a distinct advantage. Anytime you play a playoff series at home, that’s going to be an advantage for any team. The first step was clinching, the second step is obviously getting home-field advantage.”

Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson bore the brunt of Texas’ offense, getting tagged for five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. He’s now 8-16 on the year with a 4.62 ERA.

Milwaukee’s bats put them in a position to win early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to Chris Carter and Manny Piña home runs. Again, it was the inability to string hits together that cost Milwaukee the win. They held a 10-7 advantage in terms of hits in the game.

Gomez: I’d Like To Retire With The Brewers

By Eric Rogers
Apr. 9, 2016 10:17 a.m. CT
MILWAUKEE — Houston Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez spent over five years in Milwaukee and said during Friday’s series-opener that he’d like to retire with the Brewers.
Gomez was dealt to Houston July 30 as part of a Brewers rebuild that saw his former team acquire four highly-ranked prospects. In his return to Miller Park Friday night, he was greeted with loud applause from fans.
‘[Fans] notice when you give everything you have every single day,” Gomez said after the game. “That motivates me to continue to work hard and do my best every single day.”
The Brewers acquired Gomez in a trade with the Twins in 2009 before he had a breakout season in 2012 and earned All-Star bids the next two seasons. He still considers Milwaukee the city where his Major League career began. (Audio courtesy 105.7 FM The Fan | Milwaukee)
Gomez believes the Brewers will have similar success in their rebuild as Houston has had.
“They have a lot of new faces on the team but they have a lot of talent,” Gomez said. “The future of this team is going to be really good. I think in a few more years the Brewers will have a team that competes like the Astros.”