What would you do?

Okay all of you couch GMs out there, I pose a question for you. Most of you who follow the Brewers know of their problem of the logjam in the outfield. But, do you also know of their problem in the 2? (That’s baseball speak for the catcher position) You see, they currently have 5 catchers in camp on the roster. I am going to go ahead and assume that Johnny Estrada is going to be the starting catcher for most of the games in the regular season. That’s why they got him from AZ. But, you have Damian Miller, a veteran who exercised his team option for this year to be the backup. Miller is more than happy to step down as the #1 catcher to make way for Estrada. Oh, and you also have young Vinny Rottino waiting in the wings down at Triple-A. Now, my question to you is, what do you do with Mike Rivera and J.D. Closser? Rivera did an excellent job last year at the end of the season filling in for Damian when he was injured. Yet, he is out of Minor League options. For those of you who aren’t sure what that means is, if the Brewers want to keep him, they need to sign him to the Major League roster. For, if they want to send him down to Triple-A, he would have to clear waivers. This means that any other team can pick him up. And, as good as Rivera is, that would almost certainly happen. I’m pretty sure Closser is out of options as well. So, what do you do if you are Doug Melvin? Do you go ahead and put Rivera on the Major League roster as a backup 1B or backup backup C? That would only further the logjam of hitters on the bench from the outfield. Yet, if you don’t sign him, he’s sure to be gone through waivers. And then you won’t have the chance to sign him. What do you think?

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2 comments

  1. Coral

    Imagine you were still an AL club, then you could have your cake and eat it too. Carry 3 catchers while at the same time filling a DH spot…****** to be an NL club.

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