‘I kind of knew I might be the odd guy out there’: Brewers trade doesn’t surprise Hunter Renfro
Hunter Renfroe had been around long enough for him to be able to read the handwriting on the wall.
With a 2023 salary projected to be somewhere north of $11 million for his final year of arbitration and with a host of famous players knocking on the door of the major leagues, the right-hander wasn’t surprised Tuesday night to learn he was. Traded to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for three promotion opportunities.
“Unfortunately, we were kind of expecting that,” Renfro said Wednesday. “The nature of the beast is that it’s a pretty expensive deal for a team like Milwaukee – especially with Brandon (Woodruff) and Corbin (Burns) and those guys who are set to earn close to $11 million as well.
“That’s kind of the nature of a mid-market team; they have a price to keep, so somebody had to go and I kind of knew I might be the odd guy out. I’m in Milwaukee and I love those guys.
“I expect it to be a great year with the Angels and I’m looking forward to the adventure there.”
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Renfrew’s stay with Milwaukee was brief but fruitful.
Acquired December 1 from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Jackie Bradley Jr. and a pair of small-hitters, Renfro has arguably been the Brewers’ most consistent offensive contributor by batting . 255 with 29 home runs and 72 runs batted in while compiling an OPS of .807.
He was also an influential player defensively, tallying 11 assists, the most by a player in the National League, in 1,043 innings pitched.
Despite that productivity, Renfro now finds himself faced with the prospect of fitting into his fifth team in the past five seasons while the Brewers will use the likes of Tyrone Taylor, Sal Frelick, Joey Wimmer and Esturie Ruiz.
“It’s weird,” Renfro said. “Especially when you’re on arbitration. It’s not like you’re a free agent for one year. You’re in a part of your career where most people have a little bit of a normal life and stay with a team for a little while. But I think that’s the nature of baseball, it makes you think Kind of makes you wonder.
“It’s part of it; we just knew he’s into it. But it’s always annoying when you have to go to a new team and make new friends. I’ve never been good with names, but I guess I’ll have to figure that out quickly.”
At the very least, Renfro will now be able to play alongside two of the game’s standout talents Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout with the Angels.
He will also be reunited with left fielder Aaron Loeb, a former teammate at San Diego and Tampa Bay who is also his next-door neighbor in Mississippi.
“It’s exciting for us to be together on a team again,” Renfro said. “To be with Trout and Otani and these guys, it’s very exciting. They have high expectations every year and we’ll see how it turns out. They’re not done yet, so see what it brings,” said (Angels general manager Perry Minassian).
While the fan reaction wasn’t quite as strong as when the Brewers traded Josh Hader in August, it’s still notable on social media with the overriding theme being that franchises are cutting financial corners and are no longer willing to spend the money to compete. The highest level.
Renfro is asked to take her in after a year with the organization.
“I’ve been a part of some rebuilds, so I understand the way things are handled. But I never considered myself a GM by any means,” he said. “I’m not intellectually bright. I haven’t played fantasy football or done anything like that, so I can’t even make sense of that. I see where he (GM Matt Arnold) is coming from, where he wants to get the young talent that’s out there and give them An opportunity to develop as MLB players and that sort of thing.
“But at some point you have to have some guys like Christian Yelich or Jes Peterson or Brandon Woodruff to take those guys under their belt, and why not do it while you’re in control? But I get that. It doesn’t have to be a great thing when you lose some guys.” It’s never like that when you lose (Josh) Hader, who’s one of the best Saviors. But it’s part of the job.
“It’s kind of that kind of thing where you sell high, when these guys are doing really well, and you try to get as much as you can for them. I understand that part of the game. It’s just one of those things where one way to build your farm system is to improve your team. In the long run, I get it. It’s miserable.
“It’s part of the game, and that’s the reason I move so much, I think.”
Homebrew machines add exterior depth
The Brewers added depth to the outside on Wednesday by signing Blake Perkins to a one-year contract.
Perkins, 26, is a 2015 second-round pick for the Washington Nationals who batted .246 with 15 homers, 50 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 101 games split between Class AA Somerset (71 games) and Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (30). match) in the New York Yankees organization.
Perkins is also a substitution player capable of playing all three overseas positions. He has yet to make his major league debut.
Milwaukee’s roster of 40 men stands at 38.
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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Hunter Renfroe Isn’t Surprised by the Trade the Brewers Made to the Angels
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