Although several teams could use an upgrade in center field, there has not been much chatter around Oakland A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano. That may be about to change.
According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the market for Laureano is beginning to heat up. The Milwaukee Brewers have reached out to the A’s about his availability as they look for an answer in the middle of their outfield.
Milwaukee Brewers interested in Ramon Laureano
The Brewers certainly need help in center. They have used four different options at the position, with Andrew McCutchen even getting a handful of chances. None of those players have been overly effective, as Brewers center fielders have combined for a .214/.273/.336 batting line in 480 plate appearances entering Friday, hitting just 11 homers.
Laureano may not be having the type of year that the A’s would have hoped for, but he would certainly be an upgrade. He has produced a .224/.305/.396 batting line in his 285 plate appearances thus far, hitting ten homers and 14 doubles. That performance would be an upgrade in the Brewers’ lineup.
He would also be able to make an impact defensively. Laureano has been a Gold Glove caliber center fielder in the past and would be able to keep that level of defense that Milwaukee has come to expect at the position. Lorenzo Cain may not have been able to hit, but he, Tyrone Taylor, and Jonathan Davis had been able to perform admirably in that aspect.
Laureano would also be a longer term solution for a team in need of one. He has two more years of team control left after this season, allowing the Brewers to have some stability in center. Their window of contention is very much open this year and finding another piece to upgrade the lineup could make a difference.
The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to improve in center field. Acquiring Ramon Laureano from the Oakland A’s would do exactly that.