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Brewers reportedly remain interested in Ian Kinsler, but he can veto a deal to Milwaukee

August 9th, 2017 at 6:11 PM
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It’s no secret that the Milwaukee Brewers have struggled on offense since the All-Star break. During the second half of the season, the club ranks 29th with 76 runs scored, 24th with 25 home runs, and t-29th with a cumulative non-pitcher wRC+ of 77. They simply haven’t looked like the same team that bashed their way to a 5.5 game divisional lead by the end of the season’s first half, which has since evaporated into a 1.5 game deficit.

Particularly glaring has been the team’s lack of production at the second base position. Jonathan Villar has been mired in a season-long slump and owns a putrid .213/.272/.332 slash (54 wRC+) across 357 plate appearances. Eric Sogard was hot for awhile after he first got called up in May, but he has just 2 hits and 3 walks in 36 plate appearances since returning from the disabled list on July 22nd and has compiled a .631 OPS across 490 career big league games. Between those two and occasionally Hernan Perez (who manager Craig Counsell prefers to keep in a utility role rather than committed to one position on an everyday basis), Milwaukee’s output from the position has totaled a combined 74 wRC+ (t-26th in MLB) in 2017. Since the start of the second half, that group has combined for an astoundingly awful -17 wRC+, or 117% below league average. That mark is far-and-away the worst in baseball.

To his credit, David Stearns has apparently recognized this conspicuous deficiency with his roster and if reports are true, he may be working to rectify it. The club was linked to Detroit Tigers’ second baseman and 4-time All-Star Ian Kinsler by various reports last month, though a deal never wound up coming to fruition before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st. According to Ken Rosenthal, though, the Brewers are still interested in potentially working out a waiver trade for the 35 year old:

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