MILWAUKEE -- A former Brewer’s arrival in Toronto has paved the way for a former Blue Jay to move to Milwaukee to provide outfield depth.
The Brewers on Monday made a trade for Blue Jays outfielder Derek Fisher, committing to send a player to be named and cash to Toronto to complete the swap. The Jays had designated Fisher for assignment on Thursday to clear a 40-man roster spot for former Brewers reliever David Phelps.
Fisher, 27, is a left-handed hitter and former premier prospect who has logged Major League at-bats in each of the past four seasons for the Astros (2017-19) and Jays (2019-20). He is a .194/.286/.376 hitter in 458 big league plate appearances while making starts at all three outfield positions. Fisher is out of Minor League options.
“This is a really physically gifted player,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. "A tremendous athlete who has a tool combination that allows you to think that he can really contribute at the Major League level if he’s able to put it together and get the opportunity. There’s a reason why he was a highly regarded prospect.
“He’s going to come to camp and have to compete for a job and compete for a spot on our team. He understands that and I think he’s ready for that competition.”
Fisher ranked as high as No. 4 on MLB Pipeline’s list of Houston’s top prospects before his 2017 promotion. His numbers across six Minor League seasons -- .279/.374/.486, with 111 stolen bases in 505 games -- are reminiscent of a more powerful, speedier version of former Brewers backup outfielder Ben Gamel, who became a free agent earlier this winter when the Brewers declined his 2021 option. Gamel has since signed a Minor League deal with the Indians.
Fisher joins a group of outfielders who will vie for at-bats behind projected Brewers starters Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Avisaíl García. Also on the 40-man roster are Tyrone Taylor, former first-round Draft pick Corey Ray and more recent acquisitions Billy McKinney and Tim Lopes.