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Updated: 2018-02-17T13:45:02-06:00

 



Keon Broxton knows he’s been passed over on the Brewers depth chart

2018-02-17T13:45:02-06:00

Last year’s starting centerfielder is coming off a 20/20 season and lost his job. Now he’s trying to make the best of the situation. Sometimes it’s easy to forget there’s another side to every transaction. As exciting as the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain were, another reality came with them -- other guys who mostly performed well last year are going to lose an opportunity. Domingo Santana will still get his at-bats this year. But guys like Keon Broxton? Not so much. And he’s not dumb -- he knows he probably won’t be playing in 146 games or getting 414 at-bats again, even after becoming one of the select few Brewers to put up a 20/20 season. It was Broxton’s day to catch up with the local beat reporters today, and he offered a human response to being asked to work alongside his replacements -- he’s not exactly thrilled about it, but he knows why it happened: #Brewers CF Keon Broxton has realistic view of additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich: "I can’t say I’m happy about it but it’s good for the team. Those are two solid players. Those guys have played better than me throughout my career. So, I really can’t be mad."— Tom (@Haudricourt) February 17, 2018 Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images Hard to see a way for Nick to log any playing time with the Milwaukee Brewers, but infield depth at AAA Colorado Springs is still needed, and in an emergency Nick has played MLB and can go infield or outfield for the Crew. His contract does include an invitation to spring training. Hope he’s packed. Franklin was a first round pick in the 2009 draft by Seattle, and had 412 plate appearances for the M’s in 2013. He has never had more than 191 plate appearances in a single season since. He’s a switch hitter. Franklin totaled 89 plate appearances and slashed .195/.258/.317 for the Brewers last season, contributing an OPS of .567 with two doubles, a triple, and two homers. He was designated for assignment in late June by the Brewers and was acquired by the Angels on June 30th. Nick’s career slash line is .214/.285/.360, OPS .645. With the Brewers’ depth in the infield (Eric Sogard, Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez, Orlando Arcia, and Travis Shaw at second, short, and third) and the outfield (everyone and his brother), it does seem difficult for Franklin to break camp with the major league club. But if the can perform in AAA to a satisfactory level, there’s always the chance that another team would want a utility player to fill in for some depth issues due to injury or a lack of performance. And it keeps Nick’s hopes of a solid MLB career alive; he’ll be just 27 in a few weeks. Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference [...]



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2018-02-15T10:00:06-06:00

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Today is Thursday, and you all know what that means:

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Another edition of the BCB Mailbag!

Things got pretty busy around here so it’s been a little while since out last mailbag. The Brewers confirmed that the rebuild is over with the Cain and Yelich acquisitions, and Spring Training officially started yesterday as pitchers and catchers reported. But David Stearns may not be done adding to the roster that he has in camp now, as many of the top free agents are still out there and the Brewers could certainly use some help at a couple of positions around the diamond. So let’s chat about the offseason that was, the season that will be, and anything in between!

Looking forward to seeing what ya’ll come up with this week!