Brewers Acquire Gerut from Padres for Gwynn

Right Field BleachersCorrespondent IMay 21, 2009

Milwaukee is expected to announce a trade this afternoon that has them acquiring OF Jody Gerut from the Padres for Tony Gwynn Jr. As noted in the link, the Padres passed on the chance to claim Gwynn off waivers in April.

Gerut, 31, hit 22 homers and drove in 75 RBI as a rookie in Cleveland, and saw his numbers and playing time take a hit until last season, when he hit .296 with 14 HR and 43 RBI for the Friars. He’s hitting just .236 through 36 games this season, but has four HR and 14 RBI.

Both Gerut and recently signed Frank Catalanotto will do volumes to improve Milwaukee’s bench and/or triple-A depth.

Sounds like a great trade. What do you think?

Update: As if there was any doubt, the trade is now official. And to correct a boo-boo above, my expectation of Gerut making the 25-man roster was correct.