Well it was faintly rumored earlier in trade deadline season, but Mike “Moose” Moustakas in a Brewer uniform is now a reality. Moose was a career Royal before the trade. He was a two-time all-star and World Series champion while posting a career .251/.306/.430, 139 HR, 184 2B, and 441 RBI.
The Royals will receive outfielder Brett Phillips and right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez in the transaction. Phillips, the Brewers #10 prospect, has been blocked by a stellar, team-controlled outfield and has not done enough offensively (.182/.250/.273) to bolster himself as a contributor in the lineup. Lopez has also found himself floating from The Show to the minor leagues all year long. He has posted a 2.75 ERA in 19.2 innings with 15 strikeouts and 13 walks.
Moose does not strike out a lot which is a breath of fresh air for those who haven’t subscribed to the launch angle craze which has forced its way into the homes of baseball fans. He will help the Brewers to lessen their nine strikeouts per game and produce more quality at bats. Moose also provides another left-handed presence around the top of the lineup along with Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw, and Eric Thames which bodes well with Craig Counsell’s tendency to stagger right and left-handed hitters.
Moose has a one year mutual option for next year which may have factored in the decision to pull the trigger on the deal. He will play third base for the Brewers going forward and will be with Milwaukee on Saturday. The reports of Travis Shaw bumping to second base have come true according to Adam McCalvy. Todd Rosiak also noted Shaw “has not played second base in a game at any level.” It would be hard to believe this move would have been made of the Brewers did not believe Shaw would be serviceable at second. Moose is not a phenomenal fielder in his own right with a .961 fielding percentage, but he makes up for it by providing a winning mentality.
Lorenzo Cain and Moose were teammates when the Royals won the World Series in 2015. There is no stat for leadership or likeability, but Cain’s presence in Milwaukee has completely shifted the culture of the Brewers. The hope is that Mike Moustakas furthers those efforts and pushes this team to win the NL Central division where Milwaukee is only one game behind the Chicago Cubs.
Adam McCalvy also noted Brewers GM David Stearns still “has a move or two” left in him by Tuesday’s trade deadline. It is hard to narrow down who would be coming to Milwaukee as it seems like everyone has been linked to the organization, but here are some names that have been rumored:
- Kyle Gibson, RHP, Minnesota Twins
- 5-7, 129 IP, 3.42 ERA, 126 K
- Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
- 4-8, 117 IP, 4.54 ERA, 99 K
- Chris Archer, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
- 3-4, 90 IP, 4.30 ERA, 99 K
- Two-Time All-Star
- Brian Dozier, IF, Minnesota Twins
- .228/.310/.414, 16 HR, 51 RBI
- Jonathan Schoop, IF, Baltimore Orioles
- .240/.271/.435, 15 HR, 34 RBI
Who would you like to see in a Brewer uniform next week and how do you feel about the Milwaukee Moose?