The Milwaukee Brewers added four players mid-season this year in which three quarters of them have enjoyed significant success with the team. Carlos Santana, Mark Canha, and Andrew Chafin were all acquired via trade whereas Josh Donalson signed on as a free agent. According to a report from Todd Rosiak at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel one of these major additions is eager to remain with the team beyond the remainder of the 2023 season.
Milwaukee Brewers mid-season addition Mark Canha is hopeful to remain with the team beyond 2023.
Mark Canha joined the Brewers at the trade deadline from the New York Mets in which Milwaukee parted ways with pitching prospect Justin Jarvis. He has enjoyed a ton of success with the Brew Crew. His slash line sine the trade is .296/.388/.451 with five homers and 32 runs batted in.
According to Todd Rosiak, Mark Canha provided the following statement regarding his eagerness to remain a member of the Milwaukee Brewers beyond 2023.
“I think this organization just really does it, quote unquote, right. It’s just a place that has a good feel and a good idea of how to win ballgames and how to construct rosters….At this point in my career, when you’ve been in a bunch of different situations, year to year, you appreciate that.”
From a contract perspective the Milwaukee Brewers could elect to retain Mark Canha for at minimum one more year because he has a $11.5 MM club option for the 2024 season. If that option is declined then Milwaukee will owe him $2.0 MM. Whatever remaining balance is left on his two year, $26.5 MM deal that he signed with New York in 2021 they elected to cover during the trade (minus a prorated MLB minimum salary).
Aside from his strong performance at the plate Milwaukee may also want to consider keeping Mark Canha around due to the uncertainty they currently have at first base going forward. Carlos Santana is set to be a free agent and Rowdy Tellez has not been himself this year. Mark Canha is well versed at this position and is also flexible enough to play a corner outfield spot. Defensive versatility is a trait that Milwaukee has valued in the past and first year GM Matt Arnold has shown continued interest in that.
It will be interesting to see what happens with Mark Canha at the end of the season. Whether he remains with the team in 2024 or not he has been a great addition to the Brewers this year and if he hits the free agent market he should receive a nice contract as a result.
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