The Brewers made a flurry of roster moves today. First, they designated Jett Bandy for assignment. Bandy has been absolutely awful this season, with his .188 batting average in 64 at-bats. His ISO is at .078 this season, which according to Fan Graphs is absolutely awful. Bandy hasn’t brought much to the team as the backup catcher since David Stearns traded for him last year. I have to believe Bandy’s career with the Brewers is over. Even if he accepts his assignment to AAA. I can’t imagine he gets the call-up to Milwaukee anytime soon.
With Bandy leaving the roster, the Brewers traded for Erik Kratz of the New York Yankees, and honestly, I had no idea who he was. Upon googling him I found out he is about to be 38, so that is exciting. Kratz has a career .203 batting average with a .250 OBP .616 OPS and a career 0.2 WAR.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 25, 2018
Orlando Arcia was also apart of the roster moves today, he will be heading back to AAA Colorado Springs. After taking a huge step forward last year at the plate, Arcia has taken two steps back. He is now hitting .194 this season with a .233 OBP. His strikeout rate went from 18.2% last season, up to 23.2% this season. His walk rate also went from 6.6% last season, to 4.8% this season.
Sample still relatively small, but Orlando Arcia, just demoted by #Brewers, leads all shortstops with eight defensive runs saved. Miguel Rojas and Addison Russell are next at six each.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 25, 2018
With Arcia going down to AAA, we are seeing the return of Eric Sogard. While Eric Sogard seems like one of those good guys in baseball, this isn’t the right move to make. He isn’t a good hitter and honestly, he just doesn’t seem the best option for a shortstop. While I understand that Sogard will probably be a warm body instead of a consistent player, it would be nice to see Nate Orf get a chance in the major leagues.
While the Arcia and Bandy moves needed to be done, these are not win-now moves. The Brewers aren’t a better team with Kratz and Sogard coming to Milwaukee. If the Brewers want to get serious about winning now. How about they go make a trade for Jed Lowrie, Jonathan Lucroy, or JT Realmuto?