The Milwaukee Brewers already have made one trade in the past week, acquiring first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana from the Pittsburgh Pirates. On Monday evening, they completed their second trade of Major League Baseball’s trade deadline, acquiring outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha from the New York Mets. Will Sammon of The Athletic broke the news on Twitter/X:
Brewers are acquiring outfielder Mark Canha in a trade with the Mets, league source tells @TheAthletic.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) July 31, 2023
In return, the Brewers are sending right-handed reliever Justin Jarvis (Double-A) to New York.
How Will Mark Canha Help the Milwaukee Brewers?
Canha is a utility player that can play the corner outfield and infield spots. The majority of his appearances this season have come in left field (52), though has 13 games apiece at first base and right field, and his appeared in 15 games as the designated hitter.
Over the course of his career with the Oakland A’s and Mets, Canha has appeared in 439 games in left field, 132 at first base, 180 in centerfield, 128 in rightfield, 69 at designated hitter, and nine at third base.
This season, Canha is hitting .245/.348/.422 with six home runs and 29 RBI. He is currently in the first year of a two-year $26 million contract, though the second season is a club option.
Unfortunately, the Brewers will not really be able to look to Canha to improve their poor performance against left-handed pitching. A right-handed hitter, Canha has reverse splits, hitting .255/341/.373 against right-handed pitchers and .229/.348/.396 against lefties.
In Canha, the Brewers have the kind of player that they value, one who can play multiple positions. What obviously attracted them to Canha is his ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots.
One has to wonder what Rowdy Tellez’s status will be on the team once he gets healthy.