Alvarez could be an interesting target for Crew
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In the wake of trading Adam Lind to the Mariners for a trio of prospects, the Brewers have added finding a first baseman to their offseason to-do list.
According to a source, the Brewers have already contacted agent Scott Boras about one potential free-agent target: Pedro Alvarez, the left-handed-swinging slugger who hit the market after being non-tendered by the Pirates. He also happens to be the son-in-law of new Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy.
Alvarez was an All-Star in 2013, when he finished with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs. He batted .243 with 27 home runs, 77 RBIs and 131 strikeouts in 437 at-bats last season. Boras declined to say Wednesday whether the Brewers had expressed interest, but he said he sees a fit.
"Certainly, their first-base needs have grown," Boras said. "And their need for power from the left-handed side is there. So if you put a plus sign between those two, I think the equal side, I would imagine, is they should have interest in a player with power like that."
Jon Paul Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports was first to report the Brewers' interest in Alvarez.
Barring an acquisition, the Brewers' leading internal option is Jason Rogers. They are not considering moving right fielder Ryan Braun to first base, manager Craig Counsell said.
"It's not as simple as musical chairs," Counsell said. "These aren't just the same chair they're sitting in. The positions are different. They're different chairs."