A lot has been said over the past few months surrounding the culture of the Milwaukee Brewers. It all started with the Josh Hader trade. Multiple players spoke afterwards regarding their frustration. Even David Stearns commented that the trade had a larger impact in the clubhouse than he anticipated. This left new president of baseball operations Matt Arnold in a tricky situation.
Heading into this off-season, Matt Arnold had some tough decisions to make. After picking up Kolten Wong’s 2023 option, he was left with two impact players that both had just one year of control remaining. Ultimately, he ended up trading both Hunter Renfroe and Kolten Wong.
With all the trades, one would think that the culture of the Brewers would be hindered even more. However, off-season trades typically generate less of a response from players. This is mainly due to availability. By the time players report to spring training, they often have had time to decompress and we are not seeing their gut reactions to trades.
In the Brewers most recent trade, they acquired Abraham Toro. Matt Arnold did have some strong comments on the infielder. He indicates that he brings a ton of energy to the field and will enhance the team’s culture.
Abraham Toro has an .835 OPS over nearly 1,700 Minor League plate appearances but didn’t put it together in the bigs for the Astros or the Mariners.
Here’s what GM Matt Arnold said about that. pic.twitter.com/j0MoDJuE0O
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) December 3, 2022
The Milwaukee Brewers currently have an energy catalyst in Willy Adames. His ability to positively boost the club with his presence each and every day is not something that can be measured. If Toro can bring a fraction of the energy that Adames supplies, he will be loved in Milwaukee.