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Brewers still trying to find a long-term position for Mat Gamel

Sep 24, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

Third base prospect Mat Gamel began getting some reps at first base recently as the Brewers plan ahead for the possibility of life without Prince Fielder, but yesterday he made his first career start in left field subbing for an injured Ryan Braun and now it sounds like Milwaukee’s coaching staff may like him more as an outfielder.
“My assessment says that’s where he’s going to wind up, in the outfield,” manager Ken Macha told Anthony Witrado of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Of course, Macha also pointed out that, as of now, Braun is signed through 2015 and right fielder Corey Hart just inked a $26.5 million extension that goes through 2013.
“We might get in the winter and somebody might be interested in somebody and it’s a deal that fits both clubs and somebody goes,” Macha said. “It might not be Gamel. It might be one of the other guys. So who knows what happens as things move forward.”
Braun obviously isn’t going anywhere and the odds of trading Hart just months after signing him to an extension seem pretty slim, so Gamel replacing Fielder at first base remains the most likely scenario whether it happens in 2011 or 2012.

  1. Mr. Heyward - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    What’s with Gamel and Latos? Their parents forgot to add a “t” to their names. The way they spell their first names leads me to believe they were both tread on a lot when they were young. Yeah it’s happy pun Friday today.

  2. BigOldBarn - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Could always move Braun to 1B and move Gamel to LF.

  3. GOB - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Not sure why the Brewers are doing the OF thing. Must we forget Pujols and Teixeira- who both started out at 3rd and became extremely legit defensive 1st basemen? While it’s not exactly the same (lots more responsibilities) the two positions are quite similar in angles and reaction time.

  4. Chief McHeath - Sep 24, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Yeah but everything I’ve read suggests Gamel is awful at both angles and reaction time.

  5. GOB - Sep 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    oh well, there goes that

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