The Brewers made a great deal of moves this offseason, including multiple trades, and solid under-the-radar signings. Most of the moves have paid off but with every offseason, there are always a few that don't work out and this year is no different.
Here are two offseason moves the Brewers made that are looking like mistakes.
1. Signing Luke Voit
It's been a rocky season for Luke Voit. The former Yankee has produced underwhelming numbers to start the season, in 68 at-bats he has slashed .221/.284/.265 with no home runs and a strikeout rate of 36.5%. When this signing happened Voit was advertised as someone who mashed left-handed pitching. However it's been almost the opposite, Voit currently owns a batting average of .091 and a strikeout rate of 60% against lefties. The Brewers made this move to upgrade from Keston Hiura, another player who has struggled royally against left-handed pitching. However, there has been no difference. Now the Brewers have brought in Darin Ruf to address the exact same problem again. It's clear that signing Luke Voit was a mistake, let's just hope the third time is a charm and Ruf ends up being the answer.
2. Trading Hunter Renfroe for Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero, and Adam Seminaris
While this move opened the door for the Brewers to try out more outfield prospects, there is no doubt they're sputtering offense is missing Renfroe's power. Renfroe clubbed 29 home runs last season and is already up to 10 this season. Along with losing Renfroe's presence in the lineup, the pitchers the Brewers acquired have not been great. In Janson Junk's lone MLB start this year he allowed five runs in 4.2 innings, meanwhile Adam Seminaris currently owns a 5.77 ERA in Biloxi with the Brewers AA affiliate. Elvis Peguero has been the only one to bring any value, he has a 3.86 ERA in 11 MLB appearances this season. With none of the players acquired bringing any significant value, and Hunter Renfroe putting together another solid power season the Brewers have to be kicking themselves for this one.
Every team makes moves that they later regret, lets hope the Brewers can bounce back from these and be an even stronger team than before.