Brewers make an important signing as they await word on Braun and Fielder
At a time when the Brewers have no idea if they’ll be able to re-resign Prince Fielder or if Ryan Braun will be available for the first 50 games, GM Doug Melvin filled one of his significant holes on Monday when third baseman Aramis Ramirez agreed to a three-year deal.
Brewers’ third basemen were last in the National League in batting average, OBP and OPS last season. Manager Ron Roenicke started seven different third basemen, but Casey McGehee got 139 of the playing time there.
But the final totals of the seven—11 home runs, 67 RBIs—would be about a half-season for Ramirez. His presence adds depth to a batting order that could need it depending on where Fielder plays next season.
In 14 seasons, he has filled out an impressive resume, with a .284 career batting average, 315 home runs and two All-Star appearances. At 33, he’s coming off one of his best seasons, hitting .306 with 35 doubles and 26 home runs for the Cubs last season.
Beyond the numbers, he’s a low-key guy who doesn’t say much but prepares himself and does his job every single day. This is an off-season of uncertainty for the Brewers, but Ramirez’s signing is a significant step in the right direction.