Thursday, May 21, 2009
It was clear at the end of spring training that Tony Gwynn Jr's time with the Milwaukee Brewers was coming to a close, that became official today when the Crew dealt the Hall of Famer's kid back to his home town team for outfielder Jody Gerut.
Gwynn failed to make the opening day roster for the Brewers this year and cleared waivers, meaning no other team wanted him. But, after playing well in an every day role in Triple-A he made himself at the very least, trade bait.In his major league career TGJ is a .248 hitter, mostly as a fourth outfielder.
The player the Brewers added may mean the end of Chris Duffy's time on the big league roster. Duffy is 4-32 on the year. Gerut on the other hand is a veteran of five major league seasons and a career .267 hitter. He'll only be a fourth outfielder for Milwaukee. This season he's hitting just .221 with four homers and 14 driven in.
This deal may mean the Brewers will try and bring Mike Cameron back to play Centerfield next year and possibly the year after depending on the development of prospect Lorenzo Cain.
I know I echo the sentiments of a lot of Brewer fans when I say I'm sorry to see Gwynn go, if he had ever gotten a chance to play every day for Milwaukee I'm sure he would have been successful. At the very least he'll get a chance to go back home and play in a city the will immediately embrace him. Good Luck Tony!