Avisail Garcia is back for his second season in Milwaukee, and looking to shake off his first year struggles. To do that, Garcia has lost 36 pounds, and looks like a new man. Garcia has multiple things going for him in 2021 that should make it a better season than 2020. Besides the weight loss, Garcia is shifting back to right field, where he was signed to play.
Right field is a much less physical position than center field is, especially with the extra poundage Garcia was playing with last year, which should benefit him. Without having the additional physical strain that manning center field brings Garcia will hopefully be able to rebound offensively.
Garcia made far less hard contact than he did at any point in his career. His barrel percentage plummeted to 3.8%, down from 11.7% in 2019. His expected statistics plummeted also, far below his career norms. That is no guarantee he will bounce back, but typically players do not fall off a cliff that severe at such a young age.
Avisail Garcia is looking to rebound after a tough 2020 season. Is there any chance that instead of returning to form in Milwaukee, he ends up traded to a new team?
Looking at the finances, Garcia is in the final guaranteed year of his 2 year/ $20 million contract signed back in the 2019 offseason, but Garcia does have a $12 million club option for 2022.
When looking at who is a more attractive outfield target, Garcia has less guaranteed money, and is younger than Lorenzo Cain. That combination of age and cost may make him a more attractive target for some teams, just by the fact that if they acquire him and he struggles, Garcia is a free agent at the end of the season, and teams are not committing long term to him.
Will any of these players be traded? No one knows for sure. There is no way to know what David Stearns is thinking at any given time, he keeps his cards close to the chest, and there are very few leaks giving insight to the direction the club is headed in.
All that is known for sure is that David Stearns and the rest of the Front Office aren’t afraid to make moves that they believe will help the team in the long run.