The Milwaukee Brewers signed free agent third baseman Brian Anderson on Tuesday night. The deal will become official after Anderson passes a physical. The signing marks just the second Major League free agent signing for the Brewers this offseason. Anderson joins Wade Miley as the only two players Milwaukee has deemed worthy/affordable of a contract. The signing of Anderson, in particular, is interesting because it helps provide some clarity to what the Brewers’ Opening Day lineup could look like.
Recent Brewers Third Basemen
As mentioned, Brian Anderson is a third baseman. This is a position in which the Brewers have needed a reliable starter for years. Travis Shaw recently manned the hot corner for a couple of seasons, as did Mike Moustakas. Shaw, of course, just announced his retirement and Moustakas is a free agent. Jace Peterson saw a great deal of time at third base last year, but signed with the Oakland Athletics in free agency.
One Starting Role Remains a Question
Now with the addition of Anderson, the Brewers have just one major question in regards to their stating lineup: who will play second base? Kolten Wong was traded to the Seattle Mariners, leaving a hole and a handful of candidates to replace him behind.
Potential Brewers Opening Day Lineup
- Left Field- Christian Yelich
- Shortstop- Willy Adames
- Catcher- William Contreras
- First Base- Rowdy Tellez
- Designated Hitter- Jesse Winker
- Center Field- Garrett Mitchell
- Right Field- Tyrone Taylor
- Third Base- Brian Anderson
- Second Base- Brice Turang
The big question here, as mentioned, is second base. Brice Turang is on the Brewers’ 40-man roster. However, they may not want to start his Major League service on Opening Day. If that is the case, the Brewers could put Luis Urias at second base to start the season.
One other, less likely, and less desirable option would be Keston Hiura at second base. Of course, Hiura came up as a second baseman, but performed so poorly that the Brewers have tried to shift him to first base and left field.
Related: Brewers: The Top Five Second Basemen in Team History
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If Turang is the best option then go with him. Stop messing around with years of service control. Put the best team in the field… going to need it to win the central.