The Brewers will have some decisions to make both before and after this weekend’s series against the Minnesota Twins. With Takashi Saito set to return from the 60-day disabled list, the Brewers will need to open a spot on the 25-man roster for him, and given Ron Roenicke’s comments to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt, the Brewers will be looking to swap out a hitter, giving the team 12 pitchers and 13 hitters like the typical NL roster.
Mat Gamel will likely be kept on as a first baseman/designated hitter for the last interleague series of the year. Carlos Gomez hasn’t played much lately, but the platoon between him and Nyjer Morgan in center field appears to be a strict left/right platoon, even if Ron Roenicke won’t call it such. That leaves Mark Kotsay, Josh Wilson, Craig Counsell, and perhaps the elephant in the room, Casey McGehee as options to be sent down. Wilson and Counsell both seem long shots, as Roenicke (as well as myself) likes having two guys on the bench who can play every infield position.
That leaves Kotsay and McGehee, both attractive options to send down. The two have combined for -1.2 Wins Above Replacement according to FanGraphs and are contributing absolutely nothing to the team. Unless the Brewers want to start Josh Wilson or Craig Counsell at third base, though — not ideal, and Mat Gamel is not an option period — the Brewers would need to bring in a third baseman as well.
Enter Taylor Green. Toby Harrmann wrote extensively about his case to come up a couple of weeks ago, and not much has changed. Green’s AAA line of .311/.376/.524 is fantastic, and his peripheral numbers support it, as his walk rate, strikeout rate, and power numbers are all solid. He’s no guarantee at the MLB level, but at this point, he appears to be the best option in the organization at third base.
The Brewers decision should be easy. Mark Kotsay collects a $100,000 roster bonus coming soon, and he clearly doesn’t deserve it. He should be cut to make room for Takashi Saito’s return. Casey McGehee should be sent down to the minor leagues in order to make room for Taylor Green’s MLB debut. McGehee can attempt to work on what ails him in the minor leagues, and if he begins to hit again, he can be called up within 10 days in favor of Mat Gamel, who doesn’t provide much without the designated hitter rule. Green can remain as a backup infielder, as the Brewers shouldn’t need five outfielders — the fourth outfielder, Gomez, rarely plays as is.