The Milwaukee Brewers have made their first trade of the off-season. This is also the first official trade that will go under Matt Arnold’s name. In a trade with the Marlins, the Crew is acquiring a familiar face in catcher Payton Henry.
C Payton Henry has been acquired from Miami in exchange for OF Reminton Batista. pic.twitter.com/n1Ftcez0mu
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) November 10, 2022
Henry was drafted by the Brewers during the 2016 draft. As a Brewers prospect he was best known for his defense. Eventually, Henry was traded for the Marlins at the 2021 trade deadline for reliever John Curtiss. As a Marlin, Henry made the Marlins big league roster out of camp. Unfortunately he struggled offensively, was sent to the minor, and ended up undergoing thumb surgery.
The 25 year old will now join the Brewers and has two minor league options remaining. Henry joins Victor Caratini, Mario Feliciano, and Alex Jackson as catchers on the 40-man roster. Omar Narvaez became a free agent upon the conclusion of the 2022 season. It is likely that the Brewers make more transactions surrounding the catcher position.
Who did the Brewers give up in return?
In order to re-acquire Henry, the Brewers parted ways with 17 year old prospect Reminton Batista. The outfielder played in the Dominican Summer Leauge this season and appeared in 46 games. During that time he hit .252/.348/.333 and stole 18 bases.
Overall, this is a low risk move for the Brewers. They parted ways with a young prospect that is not in their top 30 and received a MLB ready catcher in return. Henry appears to be a depth piece at this time and has minor league options remaining.