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Like candy for water: Melvin makes horrible trade

It has been known for a long time that Tony Gwynn, Jr. was probably never going to be the starting center fielder for the parent club, and that he’d love to play for his father’s team, the San Diego Padres.  Deals have been rumored over the years, and early Thursday, Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin finally unloaded the aging and struggling Gwynn, that cleared waivers earlier this season.

But for Jody Gerut?

This move makes absolutely no sense…Gerut is older, slower, and an even worse hitter than Gwynn.  Gerut, 31 is batting .227 this season, and will likely go to AAA unless the Brewers send Mat Gamel or Chris Duffy to Nashville.

Gwynn at least held some promise of replacing Mike Cameron in case he became injured, or even next year.  Sure progress has been slow, and the organization has more promising centerfielder prospects in the pipeline, mainly Lorenzo Cain.

The move is great for Gwynn, however…just a very bad move for the Brewers.  Doug, what the hell were you thinking?  Were you thinking?



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  1. Kyle
    May 21, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    This is a great move, the bench in the OF is weak, and Gerut has power and solid defensively, he is batting .227 this year… last year over a bigger sample size he batted .296 in 100 games.
    I sure am more confident with Gerut than Duffy or Nelson coming in if an OF goes down, or there is a need for a pinch hitter with the game on the line late in the game.
    Weren’t going to get anything of value for Gwynn anyway, and he was going to waste away in AAA for the rest of his career, might as well get a player that could help the crew win a game here or there when they are on top of the division… also in case of injury which we have learned can happen, wont be strapped to make a foolish reactionary move… good work Melvin!

  2. May 22, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Well, I agree with you that the team was sorely lacking a reliable pinch-hitter off the bench, especially since it looks like Counsell is going to start most of the games against righty starters. Duffy really hasn’t played enough to consider him a dud yet (but pretty close).
    I am happy for Gwynn in that he’ll get another chance…and he started to turn it around in AAA this year: .333/.393/.467/.860 so far in May; on the season, he has a .396 OBP vs. lefties, and .383 OBP vs. righties, plus 15 SB’s in 38 games…just about the perfect numbers for a lead-off hitter, which the Brewers’ need now…and might need next year. Cameron probably won’t be around next season, and Gwynn was finally showing that he might have what it takes to be a decent center fielder.

  3. Adam
    May 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    This was not a replacement for Gwynn (who isn’t worth much anyways). This *IS* a replacement for Nelson and Duffy and will upgrade the bench considerably.
    The obsession that some have with TG Jr never ceases to amaze.

  4. May 22, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Yes, it was a move to improve the bench this year…but at the expense of a possible starter from 2010-2014. Gwynn had almost a .400 OBP versus both lefties and righties this year in AAA and has great speed to be a lead off hitter…the big “if” is whether or not he’ll ever be a consistent hitter at the MLB level…I think it is still too early to tell.
    Gwynn will get that chance now in San Diego, which is his home town and where he can easily consult with his father…the move is certainly better for Gwynn and possibly the Padres…I just think Melvin gave up on Gwynn a bit too early…I would have liked this trade in July if Gwynn’s BA was under .270 or so and he was having difficulties hitting at AAA.

  5. May 23, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve been following (and blogging) on the Sounds from the beginning of the season. I can tell you how each player has been doing with accuracy.
    Gwynn has been the most consistent hitter all year for the Sounds. He gets on base. He makes things happen.
    I can’t speak to Gerut. But I can tell you that if you just look at production and performance of Gwynn in 2009 at the Triple-A level, the Padres have gotten a solid player.
    He’s an exciting player and solid lead-off hitter. He will be missed in Nashville.
    Blogging on the Sounds attheoldballgame.com

  6. May 23, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks…I knew he started out a bit slow, but he has come on strong…the silver lining is that I think he always wanted to play closer to home, and now he gets his chance.

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