The Milwaukee Brewers are making a change in the outfield as they get a little bit healthier.
Tyrone Taylor is being activated from the IL after missing 11 days with a shoulder strain. To make room for him on the roster, current backup outfielder Derek Fisher is being designated for assignment.
Fisher didn’t get much for opportunities with the Brewers but Taylor is the best option in the outfield right now.
In just four games, Fisher had eight at-bats and posted a .250/.250/.500 slash line, which isn’t bad. He had an RBI single and a triple in his two hits. The sample size wasn’t large enough to get a full read on Fisher’s abilities, but he’s out of minor league options and with a more proven option in Tyrone Taylor healthy and ready to go, this was the move they had to make.
Taylor, so far this season, has a .765 OPS and 108 OPS+ to go along with six home runs in just 88 at-bats.
He’s shown improved hitting ability with regular playing time, something he’s gotten more of in the wake of Lorenzo Cain’s injury and Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting woes.
The difficulty for Taylor and really Fisher as well is cracking the starting outfield. With JBJ, Cain, Avisail Garcia, and Christian Yelich all locked into high-salary contracts, it’s difficult enough to get playing time spread around between those four, let alone finding room for Taylor and Fisher.
Perhaps David Stearns can leverage Fisher into another trade with a team and get back a lottery ticket prospect, but odds are he’s done in a Milwaukee uniform after just eight at-bats.
The Brewers made a bunch of other moves as well, changing up the pitching staff.
Hoby Milner goes back down to Triple-A while Brett Anderson goes on the IL. To take their places, the Brewers called up recent waiver wire pickup Ryan Weber and spring training standout Miguel Sanchez.
Sanchez has a 3.22 ERA in 16 appearances for the Nashville Sounds this year. He was not on the 40 man roster before but with Fisher’s DFA, a spot opened up for him.
The Brewers now have two new bullpen options and have made a change in the backup outfield spot in their latest flurry of transactions.
It’s easy to see why they weren’t too thrilled, as both Fisher and McKinney have been DFA’ed already since they were the two players that were out of minor league options and only Taylor has really stood out among the rest.