Ray Durham Becomes the Newest Milwaukee Brewer

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IJuly 21, 2008

Two weeks after the Milwaukee Brewers acquired ace CC Sabathia from Cleveland, they landed Ray Durham from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for two minor leaguers; outfielder Darren Ford and pitcher Steve Hammond.

The deal was made official just hours (maybe even minutes) after the Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Giants in the City by the Bay. The deal most likely was done during the series itself.

Neither team wanted to announce anything due to the fact the other team was in the opposing dugout. More so it was to protect Durham, as he didn't want to spend the final game of the series looking over at his former team.

After the Brewers' 7-4 victory on Sunday, Durham packed his bags, said his goodbyes and walked over to the visiting clubhouse to join his new team.

The Brewers boarded a plane and headed to St. Louis to begin a four-game series with the Cardinals on Monday.

Durham had been quarantined by the Giants due to a flu-bug that had floated around the Giants team. He was feeling better and managed to get to the dugout, but only stayed for a couple of innings.

Durham had many emotions going through him. He was sad to leave San Francisco, but excited to start anew in Milwaukee.

Now, the more important stuff; what does this move do to the Brewers now?

It gives them yet another veteran on the bench to go along with Craig Counsell and Gabe Kapler to help all the young guys out. Plus, Durham provides a solid backup to Rickie Weeks, and probably will start at least once a week at second base.

Not to mention he's a switch hitter, the only one in the Brewers dugout.

This further proves to fans that GM Doug Melvin, owner Mark Attanasio, and everybody else in the Brewers' organization is committed to winning now. As of Monday, Milwaukee trails the division-leading Cubs by three games and the Cards by just one.

They did not have to give away top prospects for Durham either. Hammond had poor numbers in Triple-A Nashville and Darren Ford was only in Class-A ball. His average was .230, but he had 48 stolen bases and plays above-average defense.

The Brewers also get cash considerations in the deal.

Ray Durham starts his Brewers career on the road, but will most likely receive a standing ovation the first time he steps on the field at Miller Park, just like Sabathia.

That could happen Friday when Milwaukee returns home for seven games against the Astros and the hated Cubs.

So welcome to Milwaukee Ray, you will surely be surprised by the amount of support already on your side.

Let's just see if the Cubs have a counter-reaction to this one.