The Brewers may be the most active team in the market this offseason. On Tuesday night, the Brewers signed free agent third baseman, Ryon Healy, to a low risk one-year deal. Healy is also a guy who can go across the diamond and play a solid first base too.
Last season, in a year plagued by a serious hip injury, Healy hit .237 with 7 home runs and 26 RBIs in only 47 games. However, from 2017 through 2018, Healy did not struggle offensively and showed a good deal of power from the right side of the plate. Through those two seasons with the Athletics and Mariners respectively, Ryon hit .254 with an average of about 25 home runs, 76 RBIs, and 22 doubles per season. He also played an average of 141 games per season, so the idea that he is injury prone is disproved.
Ryon Healy will be going into his age 28 season next year in Milwaukee. According to baseball-reference.com through his age 27 season, he has a similarity score similar to guys like C.J. Cron, Wily Mo Pena, and Kevin Mench. All three of those guys were very solid players at some point in their careers which is a good sign for Healy moving forward.
Healy is not a high on base percentage guy so his value at the plate relies on his ability to hit the long ball. On the defensive side of the ball, advanced analytics prove Healy isn’t very good on defense, but that’s always something that can be improved on. Yet again, the Milwaukee Brewers have signed a low value contract with hopes that the player signed will play at or above expectations. It makes you think, is this all the Brewers are going to do this offseason, or are they still going to go after a big name free agent?