The Milwaukee Brewers have addressed their second base opening by signing a free agent third baseman. According to multiple reports, the Brewers have signed Mike Moustakas to a one-year contract, which will presumably push Travis Shaw back to second base. The team has not yet announced the deal.
Moustakas, 30, split last season between the Royals and Brewers, hitting .251/.315/.459 (108 OPS+) with 28 home runs overall. That includes a .256/.326/.441 (104 OPS+) batting line with eight homers in 54 games with Milwaukee.
With Moustakas back on board, Brewers manager Craig Counsell will presumably trot out a regular lineup that looks something like this:
CF Lorenzo Cain
LF Christian Yelich
1B Jesus Aguilar
2B Travis Shaw
RF Ryan Braun
3B Mike Moustakas
C Yasmani Grandal
SS Orlando Arcia
That is an awfully deep lineup. Deep with power and very balanced with righties and lefties (and a switch-hitter in Grandal). The Brewers have Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez penciled into a second base platoon prior to the Moustakas signing.