Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In late July, I mentioned how the Mets and Rangers had contacted the Brewers about OF Norichika Aoki, but both were told he was more likely to be traded this winter.
Today, the Brewers are open to trading Aoki for a left-handed power bat at first base, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The way Sherman sees it, Aoki could be Sandy Alderson’s every-day leadoff hitter, which would move Eric Young Jr. into a “super sub, late-game runner, double-switch piece.”
The 31-year-old Aoki will earn roughly $2 million next season and will be a free agent in 2015. He has played two big league seasons since leaving Japan, hitting .287 with a .355 OBP, and averaging 9 HR, 45 RBI, 30 doubles and 25 stolen bases.
Sherman suggests swapping Aoki for Ike Davis, who could become Milwaukee’s “left-handed power bat at first base.”
It’s an interesting idea, but — if I’m trading Ike — I’d want to first explore his full market, which Alderson intends to do at next week’s GM Meetings.
I still believe Davis can be part of a larger package that can net a more powerful hitter than Aoki. To waste Ike on a one-for-one move to get a leadoff hitter, creating a bigger need for power, would be premature. I think we’ll know more on these sort of ideas and rumors after next week’s meetings.