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Posted: February 23, 2020, 2:44 PM Post
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Do you think the Brewers should deal Ben Gamel?

If so, what should they look for? Pitchers? Prospects?


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Posted: February 23, 2020, 2:52 PM Post
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Not sure what you might be getting in return?


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Posted: February 23, 2020, 3:13 PM Post
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No. Keep your depth. It’s what will make this team good.

"I'm not as good as I was but in big moments I'm still the guy. I want that opportunity." -Ryan Braun


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Posted: February 23, 2020, 3:31 PM Post
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All your going to get in a lottery ticket so keep em for depth.


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Posted: February 23, 2020, 4:47 PM Post
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Gamel is worth next to nothing in trade. You don't get the luxury of picking and choosing what you might want if you dealt him. The only reason to deal him is if you think his roster spot is best used on someone else.


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Posted: February 23, 2020, 11:38 PM Post
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This would likely happen once Gamel reached Arb and/or ran out of options. I believe he has 1. What would Milw get in return for him? Probably some International pool money from Baltimore or other various team, but Baltimore I know seems to always trade from that. I think that would be your best deal.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 4:19 AM Post
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Brew4U said:
No. Keep your depth. It’s what will make this team good.


What depth does he actually provide with this current team build? He's mediocre in CF as is Garcia. He hits LHP better despite being a lefty and every single OF we have other than Yelich hits LHP better than RHP. He's not a defensive replacement vs Yelich in LF or Garcia in RF.

If you play him vs RHP he's pretty broken, so whats the point? You want Cain Braun Garcia and Yelich in vs LHP. Broxton is at least speed and defense plus. Taylor will be back shortly enough to be the injury call up if someone goes down.

He's a decent player who doesn't fit.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 6:12 AM Post
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Injuries happen. People underperform. Lots of things can occur in a season. He’s a guy that can fit all over your outfield and plays it pretty well. You’re not going to get much for him in a trade so keep your depth and use it to your advantage.

"I'm not as good as I was but in big moments I'm still the guy. I want that opportunity." -Ryan Braun


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 7:50 AM Post
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I bet if stearns included Lutz as a sweetener with Gamel we could get a low A prospect or two, right Clancy?


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 8:00 AM Post
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Gamel has an option remaining as well, and considering we employ Cain, Garcia and Braun, we aren't exactly immune to injury concerns in the OF. I would highly doubt he goes anywhere.

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Posted: February 24, 2020, 8:10 AM Post
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TJseven7 said:
Brew4U said:
No. Keep your depth. It’s what will make this team good.


What depth does he actually provide with this current team build? He's mediocre in CF as is Garcia. He hits LHP better despite being a lefty and every single OF we have other than Yelich hits LHP better than RHP. He's not a defensive replacement vs Yelich in LF or Garcia in RF.

If you play him vs RHP he's pretty broken, so whats the point? You want Cain Braun Garcia and Yelich in vs LHP. Broxton is at least speed and defense plus. Taylor will be back shortly enough to be the injury call up if someone goes down.

He's a decent player who doesn't fit.


Gamel has an option left and he's a likely better than Taylor and Broxton. Pretty simple.

And if injuries don't hit too hard, he's perfect to have as the late game bench bat for a late-game hit where you need the ball to go in play as opposed to Broxton, Taylor, or Ray.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 1:24 PM Post
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Even if Gamel is blocked and the Brewers do him a favor by trading him to a team where he might play more the only thing they'd be getting back is the 1.4 million dollar salary relief and any Gamel trade would most likely be officially for 'future considerations'.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 2:00 PM Post
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Ben Gamel will find his way into baseball games. We do so much double switching and this rotation seems all but certain to have a lot of 5 inning starts. There will be plenty of defensive replacement, pinch hitting, double switch, fill in for injury situations...Gamel will get plenty of opportunity to help this team win.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 2:07 PM Post
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Yea the biggest value he had when we got him is the options. He still has one so I think it makes sense to keep him this year for depth considering how injury prone all of our OFs are in front of him. He's competent on D everywhere, competent to have a good late game AB if needed, and enough if due to injury you need him to start a small chunk of games. Basically, he's not awful and you never know if you might need him. But, yea I could also see doing him a favor if another team says they want him and have an MLB job for him all year.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 3:11 PM Post
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Gamel seems like a good fit for the extra roster spot. He can play all three OF positions fairly well so he can sub in on defense, he can make contract if used in a pinch hit situation, and he could even pinch run if needed. Unless we have someone else we really need to give that spot to, Gamel is more valuable to the Brewers as the "26th man" than anything they'd get in trade for him at this point.

We have some injury-prone OFs, so I'd guess that Gamel will get a decent amount of playing time even as the 5th outfielder, especially if Braun plays a lot of 1B.


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Posted: February 24, 2020, 11:27 PM Post
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Dealing away your bench depth before we're 4 games into ST leaves a lot of time where that move could backfire -- and that's before the season even starts, let alone over the season when that need for depth could make this move look bad. Taylor's injured, Ray's never seen the MLB regular season yet, so who's really proven like Gamel is behind where Gamel currently sits on the depth chart?

I'm not opposed to this move eventually if the right opportunity comes along and with sufficient depth already on hand, but if you do this, there's still risk the Brewers are still looking for another Ben Gamel type to fill Ben Gamel's roster spot/role . . . . so I still wonder what the wisdom in trading Gamel away would be.


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Posted: February 25, 2020, 9:23 AM Post
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For the type of role Gamel is filling, he's much better suited for it than a young player with minimal mlb experience. Especially considering he has experience from last year filling a very similar role and was very good at it. But let's be real, nobody is going to come barreling down the door to offer us a ton in trade for Gamel. Puig and Melky Cabrera are available for $ only, and there are plenty of other guys currently on minor league deals that will probably shuffle around toward the mid/end of March. And from what I've heard, Gamel is an incredibly hard worker and great in the clubhouse. He's the total package of what you're looking for in a 4th/5th OF and far more valuable to us than what another team might offer for him.


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Posted: February 25, 2020, 11:20 AM Post
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I think his most value is depth if you trade him you are looking at an Eric Yardley or Ray Black option at best.


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Posted: February 25, 2020, 12:06 PM Post
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Avisail Garcia - 117 games played
Ryan Braun - 124 games played (36 years old)
Lorenzo Cain - 148 games played (34 years old)

Not hard to figure out why they brought Ben Gamel back. Mind you the above is games played, not starts. A very healthy Braun (for his present standards) played 144 games, but started only 113 games and many of those he got pulled early from last year. Keon Broxton is terrible with the bat and Tyrone Taylor would likely be pretty terrible too. You don't trade away a valuable veteran depth piece that can swing that bat a bit for little to nothing.

He makes a ton of sense for this team and when one of our ancient/injury prone OFers goes down we will be blessed Ben Gamel is around.


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Posted: February 25, 2020, 12:16 PM Post
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MrTPlush said:
Avisail Garcia - 117 games played
Ryan Braun - 124 games played (36 years old)
Lorenzo Cain - 148 games played (34 years old)

Not hard to figure out why they brought Ben Gamel back. Mind you the above is games played, not starts. A very healthy Braun (for his present standards) played 144 games, but started only 113 games and many of those he got pulled early from last year. Keon Broxton is terrible with the bat and Tyrone Taylor would likely be pretty terrible too. You don't trade away a valuable veteran depth piece that can swing that bat a bit for little to nothing.

He makes a ton of sense for this team and when one of our ancient/injury prone OFers goes down we will be blessed Ben Gamel is around.


This is also why I was advocating for an additional OF add. Braun will need 50 games off while also playing half his games at first, Cain and Yelich will both get 15 games off. Garcia won’t play everyday either. That’s not even including injuries. I would much rather have another solid bat that can start 100 games than Gamel personally. But I do agree that at this point, we need to retain Gamel as he is most likely the next guy up in the pecking order.


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