When the Blue Jays traded Rowdy Tellez to the Brewers in June 2021, the transfer was principally seen as a depth addition to stabilize first base after slugger Daniel Vogelbach went down with a hamstring harm. Now, over a 12 months since that commerce was accomplished, Tellez has blossomed right into a righty-masher, posting a .222/.303/.498 (117 wRC+) slash line towards right-handed pitchers in 2022, with a collective .219/.307/.462 line and 35 homers towards all competitors.
On the heels of such a productive season, Tellez will garner some commerce curiosity. Predicted to earn solely $5.3MM in his second journey by the arbitration course of, Tellez initiatives as an reasonably priced possibility in a skinny first base market (just lately analyzed by MLBTR’s Anthony Franco). In addition to José Abreu, Josh Bell, probably Anthony Rizzo if he executes his opt-out, and some veterans coming off down years, there are few first basemen out there that present energy just like Tellez.
As for the Brewers, whereas they don’t at present have any prime prospects at first base, ranked by MLB.com, former Brewers’ prime prospect Keston Hiura doesn’t have a transparent beginning spot. Willy Adames and Luis Urías are penciled in because the beginning shortstop and third baseman, respectively, and Kolten Wong is patrolling Hiura’s pure place, second base, with prospect Brice Turang ready within the wings if the Brewers decline Wong’s membership possibility this offseason. With a crowded infield, the Brewers could also be pressured with the robust name of beginning Hiura, who hit .226/.316/.449 in 80 video games final season, and buying and selling Tellez, or probably shifting on from Hiura because of the logjam.
If the Brewers determine to commerce Tellez, some groups that could be within the slugger embody the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants.
The Astros relied on Yuli Gurriel to carry down first base in the course of the 2022 season, however the 38-year-old, who will flip 39 in the course of the 2023 season, confirmed indicators of decline, hitting a meager .242/.288/.360 in 146 video games. It’s a far cry from the robust .319/.383/.462 line the righty posted within the 2021 season, and extra akin to his weaker, pandemic-shortened 2020 displaying wherein he hit .232/.274/.384 in 57 video games. Internally, the Astros have Yainer Díaz and Joe Perez as potential heirs to Gurriel. Each gamers made their MLB debut in 2022, however neither progressed by the minor league system as first basemen. Díaz, who hit .294/.343/.587 in Triple-A Sugar Land this previous season break up time at catcher and first, after starting his minor league profession as a catcher. Perez hung out on the different nook infield place, third base, however is blocked by All-Star Alex Bregman. Perez spent nearly all of the 2022 season at Doble-A Corpus Christi the place he slashed .265/.355/.397 in 64 video games.
The Giants primarily used a mix of Brandon Belt and Wilmer Flores at first base this previous season. The lefty Belt hit an underwhelming .213/.326/.350 and underwent season-ending surgical procedure on his proper knee whereas the righty Flores hit a barely stronger .229/.316/.394. With Belt a free agent, the Giants might commerce for Tellez to platoon with utility man Wilmer Flores. Nevertheless, the Giants could choose to convey again Belt in hopes of a rebound season after he slashed a formidable .274/.378/.597 in the course of the 2021 season.