Adam McCalvy is reporting via Twitter that long-time Milwaukee Brewers farmhand Taylor Green will be sticking with the team on a new minor league contract. The head hasn’t been announced officially by the club yet.
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Green was set to be arbitration eligible for the first time for the 2015 season, and the Brewers were unlikely to tender him a contract if he had opted for arbitration given his limited time in the majors.
The Brewers drafted Green in the 25th round of the 2007. By the 2011 season he was a fixture in the AAA lineup and even got a 20-game look with the big club. He spent time between Milwaukee and Nashville in the 2012 season as well.
In 78 games in the majors he sports a .207/.266/.343 slash line. He missed all of 2013 and part of the 2014 season recovering from surgery on his left hip. In 53 games with AAA Nashville this season, Green hit .245/.298/.361.
The signing is probably just Milwaukee making sure they have depth for the minor league rosters. Green never really got a long look with the big league club, despite some impressive minor league numbers earlier in his career.
His 2013 injury and limited playing time in 2014, combined with is age, meant that he probably wouldn’t have many, if any, offers on the table other than some minor league deals. So why not stick with the team you’re already on?
Before the 2014 season Green hoped to break spring training as depth at third base for the Brewers and a left handed bat off the bench, but that didn’t happen and with just limited action at AAA this season, it is anybody’s guess what his hopes for 2015 are.
The Brewers seem to be keeping their options wide open for 2015 when it comes to the corner infield spots. There are a few potential free agents at first and third base, and Ramirez’s mutual option is still hanging in the air unresolved. The corners are one of the few spots where the Brewers will be able to improve this off season.