Brewers DFA Candidate #2: INF/OF Tim Lopes
Lopes still has three minor league options remaining, so the Brewers may want to hold on to him and send him down for Triple-A depth, but he has also been pushed farther down the depth chart with the addition of Bradley.
He’s 0-for-5 this spring, having only made appearances in three out of the seven games. If he’s not even getting many ABs in the early part of spring, where a player like him normally would, and he’s not performing in his few chances, then he’s close to the chopping block.
Lopes was claimed off waivers from Seattle over the winter, and his minor league options were certainly appealing, even if his previous offensive stats weren’t all that appealing.
Since he has the options, though, he has a better chance of sticking around than McKinney or DFA candidate number three…
Brewers DFA Candidate #3: OF Derek Fisher
Another out of options outfielder that saw his chances of making the big league roster dwindle with the addition of Jackie Bradley Jr. Derek Fisher is a DFA candidate.
So far in spring training, Fisher is 3-for-11, with a double, a home run, and a walk. He’s performed the best of the three players listed so far.
Considering the other two players were waiver claims and the Brewers didn’t pay anything to get them while Fisher was acquired in a trade in which the team gave up cash and a player to be named later, Milwaukee might want to give Fisher a little more time in camp before they give up on him.
The only way Fisher makes the Opening Day roster and avoids a DFA eventually is if the Brewers decide to carry five true outfielders on their 26 man roster. Considering the bevy of options they’re going to use in the infield, the roster space doesn’t appear to be there for Fisher.
Since he’s playing well right now, it might not be Fisher getting booted for Bradley, but he may end up getting booted soon enough.