Brewers: Finding David Stearns’ Actual Batting Average As GM

Mar 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager David Stearns addresses the media before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager David Stearns addresses the media before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports /
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David Stearns’ Batting Average On Trades, Part 2

2017 Season

  • Tyler Thornburg to Boston for Travis Shaw, Mauricio Dubon, Josh Pennington, Yeison Coca – Hit
  • Martin Maldonado, Drew Gagnon to Los Angeles(AL) for Jett Bandy – Miss
  • Damien Magnifico to Baltimore for Oliver Drake – Hit
  • Garrett Cooper to New York for Tyler Webb – Miss
  • Ryan Cordell to Chicago for Anthony Swarzak – Hit
  • Tayler Scott to Texas for Jeremy Jeffress – Hit
  • Eric Hanhold to New York(NL) for Neil Walker – Hit

Stearns starts off with another big hit, turning two months of Tyler Thornburg as the closer into a highly productive third baseman, and a couple prospects. Thornburg got injured and never really got going in Boston.

In a swap of catchers, the Brewers got the worse end of the Maldonado/Bandy trade. Bandy didn’t do much while Maldy has been a solid starter for years now.

The Brewers had a productive Triple-A first baseman in Garrett Cooper and nowhere to play him with Thames and Aguilar on the roster. So trading him made sense, but Tyler Webb gave up a grand slam in his first game and didn’t last much longer after that. This will go as a miss for Stearns.

Hits: 12  Misses: 4  Draws: 2

2018 Season

  • Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison, Jordan Yamamoto to Miami for Christian Yelich – Hit
  • Cash to Chicago(AL) for Tyler Saladino – Hit
  • Andrew Susac to Baltimore for Cash – Hit
  • Wendell Rijo to New York(AL) for Erik Kratz – Hit
  • Ji-Man Choi to Tampa Bay for Brad Miller – Miss
  • Kodi Medeiros, Wilber Perez to Chicago(AL) for Joakim Soria – Hit
  • Brett Phillips, Jorge Lopez to Kansas City for Mike Moustakas – Hit
  • Jonathan Villar, Luis Ortiz, Jean Carmona to Baltimore for Jonathan Schoop – Miss
  • Bryan Connell, Johan Dominguez to Chicago(AL) for Xavier Cedeno – Hit
  • KJ Harrison, GIlbert Lara to Washington for Gio Gonzalez – Hit
  • Demi Orimoloye to Toronto for Curtis Granderson – Hit

Tyler Saladino only cost a little cash and he was solid for that price. They also got some cash back by sending away Susac. Good calls on both those moves.

Choi forced his way onto a crowded roster but ran out of playing time. He was traded for Brad Miller, who didn’t do much in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Choi has blossomed into a huge player for Tampa. Stearns was on the losing end of this deal.

David Stearns called the Schoop trade a miss himself after he non-tendered him later that year.

Rookie ball pitchers for Cedeno, who was a solid addition is a hit, as were the additions of Gio Gonzalez and Curtis Granderson.

Hits: 21  Misses: 6  Draws: 2

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