Brewers sign Josh VanMeter to minor league deal

Brewers sign Josh VanMeter to minor league deal

The Brewers have told reporters, incl Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinelwho have signed a box player Josh VanMeter to a minor league with an invitation to major league spring training.

VanMeter, 28 in March, has appeared in the past four major league seasons, spending time with the Reds, Diamondbacks and Pirates. He first received the call-up in 2019 and spent that season frequently alternating between the Reds’ majors and minors. His work in the majors was slightly below average as he hit .237/.327/.408 for a wRC+ of 88. But in 49 minor league games, he hit an incredible .348/ .429/.669 for a wRC+. of 175.

Unfortunately, VanMeter hasn’t been able to come close to that level of production in the three years since, majors or minors. He spent most of 2022 in the majors with the Pirates, hitting just .187/.266/.292 for a wRC+ of 59. He was designated for assignment and was dealt in September, eventually reaching free agency of the season

While he hasn’t hit much in recent years, VanMeter at least brings defensive versatility. In his time in the big leagues, he has played the corners, every outfield position except shortstop, as well as one inning behind the plate and three innings on the mound. His bat may also get a boost from the upcoming rules against extreme defensive swings, as he hits from the left side and was displaced in 79.7% of his appearances last year.

The Brewers have had some fluidity in their outfield image since then Jace Peterson he hit free agency and signed with the A’s while Kolten Wong was distributed to the sailors. The club received Abraham Thor back in that Wong deal and also acquired Owen Miller of the Guardians Luis Uries could take over third base while prospecting Brice Turang is an option to join Willy Adams in midfield, but Turang has yet to make it to the majors. Mike Brosseau is also in the mix. The addition of VanMeter gives the club an experienced player to add some depth without using up a roster spot for now. If he works his way back to the 40-man, he’s out of options and will either have to stay or be designated for assignment. He has three to four years of MLB service and could be retained for future seasons through arbitration if he can fit into Milwaukee’s plans.

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