Unlike the Cubs, the Brewers do have an everyday spot available for Jurickson Profar. That spot being second base, which I believe is the ideal position for the man who really struggled throwing the ball across the diamond last season.
Milwaukee had a great team in 2018 and they should have a very good one in 2019. Yet, the always important middle infield is an area of weakness for them.
They had such a hole at second base in 2018 that they had to trade for not one, but two infielders at the trade deadline. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop was acquired from the Orioles and third baseman Mike Moustakas was acquired from the Royals. Schoop hardly played and Moustakas forced the Brewers’ incumbent third baseman, Travis Shaw, over to second base for most of the playoffs.
Now, Schoop is a member of the Minnesota Twins and Moustakas is a free agent. The door is open for Jurickson Profar. I think he would be a great fit for the Brewers. In fact, I proposed a deal sending Profar to Milwaukee in Nolan Writin’s Winter Meetings trade piece.
But, let’s revert back to the initial question–will the Brewers forgo the free agent market and acquire Profar?
A number of juicy second base names are available in the free agent market. Among them, Daniel Murphy, Jed Lowrie, DJ LeMahieu, Brian Dozier and Asdrubal Cabrera. The Cincinnati Reds are apparently open to trading Scooter Gennett as well.
The Brew Crew will need to find a second baseman one way or the other. What Profar offers that those other guys don’t…he’s young, arbitration eligible for two more years, and far more versatile.
Chance Profar lands with the Brewers: 25%