Milwaukee Brewers: 5 current players who could get traded soon
2. Eric Thames
Eric Thames is the Milwaukee Brewers version of Wally Pipp.
Thames was expected to deliver another 30+ homer season and drive in a ton of runs. However he suffered through thumb and leg injuries, and Jesus Aguilar stepped up to take the every day first base role from Thames.
Thames only played 96 games, but still bashed 16 homers, and posted a .219/.306/.478 slash line.
He was essentially forgotten by the time September rolled around, and the Brewers even acquired Curtis Granderson to fill a role similar to Thames. He was also left off the playoff roster in the NLDS and NLCS. It’s clear that he may not have a future with the Brewers, despite an affordable contract that runs through 2019 with a club option for 2020.
He has legit power, but probably shouldn’t play everyday in the field. If the Brewers could find a match with an American League team with a need at first base/DH, Thames could get flipped for a solid prospect, or get added into a package for a larger catch.