Is Milwaukee Brewer Top Prospect Mat Gamel Next to be Traded?

Christopher J. FarinoContributor IMay 9, 2009

MARYVALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 19: Mat Gamel of the Milwaukee Brewers poses during photo day at the Brewers spring training complex on February 19, 2009 in Maryvale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Brewers traded away top prospect Matt Laporta for CC Sabathia in 2008 in an attempt to get in the playoffs and win a championship. With nothing to show for the trade still strong in their mind another prospect, Mat Gamel, is on the rise and the possibility of trades have once again swirled.

Mat Gamel is currently tearing it up in AAA Nashville batting .356 with 7 home runs and 28 RBI's. So why trade a future All-Star again? Simply put, he can't play defense. He didn't make the team after Spring Training for the explicit reason of his awful defense at third base as well as anywhere else they have tried him.

The Brewers do not want to see another Ryan Braun-type hitter get away, but it makes sense for him to go to a American League team to play DH.

So the question from fantasy owners, when will Gamel get the call? It could be any day now, but is a sure-thing by the time Interleague play starts in June. Expect Gamel to get the call by then to play DH and to possibly show him off to the American League for trade bait.

If he doesn't get traded the Brewers might just bite the bullet like they did with Braun at third base in his rookie year and give the job to Gamel.

Another 30 home run-hitter in that line up will be too tempting to pass up, no matter how good or bad his defense is.


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