Milwaukee Brewers: Could they reunite with Scooter Gennett?

Matthew Dewoskin
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 5: Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a single in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park on June 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Colorado defeated Cincinnati 9-6. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 5: Scooter Gennett #3 of the Cincinnati Reds hits a single in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park on June 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Colorado defeated Cincinnati 9-6. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers have already tried to shore up their infield by acquiring Brad Miller from the Tampa Bay Rays. Could they go even further and add Scooter Gennett from the Cincinnati Reds before the trade deadline?

The Milwaukee Brewers waived Scooter Gennett after Spring Training last year. The Cincinnati Reds grabbed him, and he turned in a career year, while the Brewers had a few different names at second base.

No one knew that Gennett was going to break out with a 27-homer. 97-RBI season in 2017. The power surged has continued into 2018, and Reds are looking to deal just about any veteran off their roster before the deadline in July. Should the Brewers look to bring Gennett back into the fold?

Do the Brewers need a second baseman?

They need a boost to their offense. If they can find a second baseman that adds to their lineup, why not?

Eric Sogard hasn’t continued to get on base like he did last year, and Jonathan Villar is still Jonathan Villar. Brad Miller could also work his way into the mix if he can’t handle shortstop. Gennett is better at the plate than all three of them.

How’s Gennett doing this year?

How does 13 homers, 50 RBIs, and a .372 on-base percentage sound? Gennett’s numbers are pumped up by a .383 BABIP. That’s almost 50 points over his career average. However, he’s still producing runs, and his strikeout percentage is under 20% so far this year. He’s doing well.

Is his production aided by the Great American Ballpark?

Yes, but it’s not as bad as you’d think. Last year Gennett blasted 16 of his 27 homers at home. He’s hit seven of his 13 homers in Cincinnati this year. He likes hitting at the Great American Ballpark, but it’s not inflating his numbers like Coors Field would.

What’s Gennett’s contract look like?

He’s signed through this year at $5.7 million, and has one more year of arbitration left. It’s hard to believe he still has an arbitration year left. It’s a perfectly reasonable situation for the Milwaukee Brewers to add.

What would a deal for Gennett look like?

The Milwaukee Brewers dealt a player to be named later for Neil Walker last year. Is Gennett worth that much more than a PTBNL? The player the Brewers sent to the New York Mets was former sixth round pick Eric Hanhold. Yes. THE Eric Hanhold.

Gennett shouldn’t cost the Brewers much more than Walker did.

Next: Could the Brewers make a deadline deal with the Padres?

A reunion with Gennett makes a lot of sense for the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline. The Reds are looking to deal any and all veterans other than Joey Votto, and they wouldn’t mind cutting payroll in exchange for a ‘lottery ticket’ prospect. If this deal is there, the Brewers should jump on it.

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