Brewers Cool On DeJesus

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Brewers have been looking for another outfielder for over a month now, and have moved away from David DeJesus and to free agent Kenny Lofton. Brewers GM Melvin said he is looking for a right handed outfielder if possible, but would take a productive lefty like Kenny Lofton. Lofton batted .296 with 7 HR, 38 RBI, and 23 SB in 136 games with the Rangers and Indians. But, he has hit .261 with 2 HR in 11 games at Miller Park and has seen success at several stadiums in the NL Central in his career. I think it would be a great pick up by the Brewers. Lofton is productive, and is fighting for an everyday job, so he will give it his all everyday. Lofton not only will give them a solid lead off hitter, but will give them some flexibility in the outfield if they decide to keep Hall in center. If Melvin changes his mind, he might look to righty Mike Cameron. Although Cameron struggled, he has seen success in the NL Central and at Miller Park having hit .343 with 4 HR in 10 games. I think something will get wrapped up in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.


jimmyb1799 12:19 AM CST  

There would be no way that the Melvin would look at Mike Cameron. The Brewers are looking for a guy with a high OBP, and Cameron does not fit the bill. Plus, Melvin does not want to move Bill Hall to another position again. It's simply not fair to the guy to have him switch positions so frequently.

With that said, I think that Lofton will be playing LF for the Brewers. I don't think the signing will come for another week or so, however. Apparently Ned Yost and Melvin want to talk about it together later in the week.

Anonymous 9:24 AM CST  

I think you need to read that again. The Royals are looking for the right handed player. The Brewers would prefer the lefty. The Brewers already have 6 right handed everyday players. Doug Melvin wants a lefty with high OBP to bat second.