The Milwaukee Brewers have traded for Tyler Saladino from the White Sox.
This move adds more depth to the infield, however Tyler Saladino will be playing in Triple A. In order to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Milwaukee Brewers designated their newest pitcher, Alec Asher, for assignment. Considering the pitcher has already been claimed twice in this situation, the team might lose him.
What Did The Brewers Give Up?
Cash. That is it. The White Sox announced that they claimed Trayce Thompson off of waivers. This was a quick way to clear a 40-man spot. Hence the Brewers newest infielder.
Saladino By The Numbers
On his short career, Saladino is a .230 hitter. He has played intermittently in the MLB since 2015, but never more than 93 games. Saladino’s career slash line is .231/.281/.330. It is not a move for a huge juggernaut, but it adds more depth to the infield. In 246 games, his career WAR is 0.5.
Defensively, Saladino has experience at every position except for catcher. Most of his appearances have come at third, however. Before this move, Andres Blanco seemed to be the Travis Shaw insurance plan. Now, Saladino is a much better one. Overall, not a bad move.
The long season gets longer for Asher. He is on waivers for the third time this season. It is fairly likely that the Milwaukee Brewers will lose him. That is not the biggest loss, but it would be interesting to see how the coaching staff would handle him. We still might get to see it.
He is another backup utility infielder. His flexibility means that the Milwaukee Brewers will not have to call up a ton of people in order to cover multiple positions. I just hope it does not block Mauricio Dubon. Saladino is not the best hitter, but he is one with some decent experience and that will play a factor.
An educated guess would say that Saladino is now the first man up if anyone is hurt, or if anything else happens. It is a good move by the Brewers to continue to grow their experience in Triple A. It really can cover their bases by not losing a ton of experience.