The Milwaukee Brewers have sent Ji-Man Choi to the Rays in return for infielder Brad Miller and cash.
Just a day removed from his pinch hit grand slam that put the Milwaukee Brewers in the lead, Ji-Man Choi has a new home. This is right on the heels of Eric Thames rehabbing and on his way back to action. The emergence of Jesus Aguilar has left little room for Choi to have any playing time.
Brad Miller had recently been DFA’d by the Rays, and the Brewers made the move. The injuries to the middle infield make this a smart move. It adds some depth in a position where they are growing thin.
Meet Brad Miller
Miller is just two years removed from posting a 2.3 WAR, and one year removed from a zero WAR. At his best, he knocked thirty homers in a season. That means he fits right in with the Milwaukee Brewers. So far in 2018, he has hit five long balls while hitting .256 in 48 games.
Defensively, Miller is another utility man. He has played every position on the field except for catcher. That gives the Crew another option to add depth up the middle, and even give Travis Shaw some more days off if needed. Eric Sogard and his low .100’s batting average can go back to the minors.
No More Choi
It is sad because Choi is an extremely talented hitter. He’s proven that on several occasions in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform this season. Unfortunately for him, the playing time was just never going to come. But that speaks more to the level of talent in the Brewers organization. He should be able to find the playing time in Tampa Bay, so his bat can shine through.
At the time of trade, this move has the potential to help both sides. It improves Milwaukee at the MLB level, while also giving the Rays a decent bat. The Crew also take home some cash in the deal, which is never a bad thing.
This will most likely not be the last trade made by the Brewers. They made an early move, signalling that they are potentially ready for more. We will have to see what happens as the deadline approaches. For now, welcome to Milwaukee Brad Miller.