Brewers decline Thames option

Joe Zenzola
November 04, 2019 - 1:23 pm

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The Brewers made a tough move, declining the $7.5 million team option on 1B Eric Thames, instead paying him a $1 million buyout.

The move, coming a couple hours after the Chase Anderson trade, leaves the Brewers with no consistent options at first base from last year.

The Brewers announced the news first themselves, along with confirming some moves reported on in the past few days:

The news comes as a bit of a shock to many, including our Milwaukee Baseball Insider Adam McCalvy:

Thames had a great bounceback year, hitting .247 with 25 home runs and an impressive .851 OPS after taking over the full time first baseman gig once Jesus Aguilar was traded.

With the Brewers trading Chase Anderson and declining Eric Thames' option, the Brewers will save $15 million in payroll, which may mean the Brewers are looking at a front end starter, according to Sports Insider Jon Heyman: 

In the meantime, David Stearns says that a move to first base for Ryan Braun may be a possibility...

...but not for Keston Hiura: