In what was one of the most controversial moves of his tenure as General Manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, David Stearns sent down Keston Hiura for Travis Shaw this week. Was it the right move?
It’s been a volatile 48 hours for the Milwaukee Brewers in the court of public opinion.
Manager Craig Counsell said last week that Milwaukee’s injured third baseman, Travis Shaw, would return from the ten day Injured-list for the Brewers home-stand against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, that move was made official.
The controversy, however, was not the fact that Shaw was reactivated from the IL. The corresponding roster move that was made to open a spot on the 25-man roster, was.
In order to clear a roster spot for him, the Milwaukee Brewers sent down their hot-hitting second baseman and top prospect, Keston Hiura, to Triple-A San Antonio on Monday.
Though the move was anticipated by most, that didn’t stop a heated debate from occurring both before and after the move happened, especially on social media.
Given the ire that the move has drawn from Brewers fans, it’s worth looking into the question: Was sending down Hiura the right move? Let’s take a look at the arguments in favor of each side.