The Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers agreed to a trade involving Mark Canha and minor league pitcher Blake Holub. Milwaukee was open to trading him due to a looming $11.5 MM 2024 club option. This led to the thought process of why not trade him instead of declining his option and receiving nothing in return.
For Detroit they have a very young team and future hall of fame veteran Miguel Cabrera just retired. They additionally are coming off of a second place finish in the American League Central in which they had a 78-84 record. Adding a veteran like Mark Canha who does not take an at-bat off will go a long ways towards the development of their younger player as well as winning more games in 2024.
Once the trade was announced Tigers president of baseball operations Scott Harris highly praised Mark Canha.
Mark Canha was highly praised by Detroit Tigers executive Scott Harris after being acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Via a zoom conference here is what Scott Harris had to say about trading for Mark Canha.
“I think he’s going to make us better on the field. Mark (Canha) is an on-base machine. He comes up to the plate with a plan, he grinds out at-bats, he never gives in to pitchers and he makes a ton of contact. He’s been one of the biggest on-base threats in our game over the last four or five years. He immediately makes us better that way.”
“We did a lot of work on Mark (Canha) and we feel really good about what he’s going to add to our clubhouse. It’s no secret that we’re going to have a very young team next year. Adding Mark (Canha), a high-character guy who brings grit and toughness to our team as a veteran who has seen a lot, will only help our young guys adapt to the big leagues faster.”
“Adding that type of bat, with that type of approach at the plate can only help the younger players. I hope many of our guys can emulate that type of approach when they see it every day. I believe that approach can be contagious. You watch a veteran grind out at-bats every day, it’s inspiring.”
Despite only being with the Brewers for two months, Milwaukee fans certainly saw a lot of what Scott Harris was mentioning. After he was acquired there was a shift in the team’s offensive approach and he additionally was around rookie players Sal Frelick, Brice Turang, Andruw Monasterio, and Blake Perkins. It is a shame that Milwaukee had to part ways with him presumably due to the financial constraints of operating in a small market.
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