Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Options to replace Gamel
By AJ Mass
With Corey Hart recovering from off-season knee surgery, the Milwaukee Brewers were planning on giving Mat Gamel the first base job until their slugger was able to resume play. That, apparently, is no longer a possibility.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, two days after aggravating his own knee injury, Gamel will miss the entire 2013 season. That leaves the Brewers with players like Taylor Green, Alex Gonzalez, and Bobby Crosby as possible fill-ins, but perhaps it also opens the door for the signing of free agent Carlos Lee.
Lee did hit 60 home runs over a season-and-a-half for the Brewers back in 2005 and 2006, and is currently shopping his wares as a free agent following a disappointing nine homer season split between the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins in 2012.
The Brewers also have asked about Mike Carp, who was designated for assignment by the Mariners last week.