What happens to the Milwaukee Brewers infield if Travis Shaw needs a few weeks or a month or longer on the DL? While it’s possible for the Brewers to survive with an infield that features Cory Spangenberg at the hot corner, they should look to add a third baseman who can at least replace some of the power that they’ll lose with a Shaw injury.
Matt Davidson has back-to-back 20-homer seasons on his resume. They also came with a .220-ish batting average, but power is power. Davidson only played 107 1/3 innings at third base in 2018, but he has over 500 innings at the hot corner in his Major League career. He also has the ability to handle left-handed pitching, and generates most of his power against righties.
Oh, and Davidson also made three scoreless relief appearances, and could reach 92 MPH on his fastball. He also featured a slider, a curve, and a splitter in his arsenal.
Davidson is still on the market, and it looks like he’ll have to take a Minor League contract if he wants to play in 2019. The Milwaukee Brewers could use extra depth to stash in the Minors in case Shaw, Eric Thames, or Jesus Aguilar needs time off.
Lucas Erceg is likely to spend time in Triple-A in 2019, but he still needs seasoning before he’s ready to help the Brewers at the Major League level. The Brewers could use a capable veteran to handle third base, and Davidson is one of the few options available who could sign on a Minor League deal.