The Milwaukee Brewers held their annual fanfest on Sunday, and manager Ron Roenicke let reporters and fans know that the club could be on the market for some depth at first base in light of Corey Hart's knee surgery, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com:
"There’s still the possibility that Doug [Melvin] is talking to some guys right now [and] we get somebody else into camp," [said Roenicke].
The Brewers currently have Mat Gamel penciled in as the starting first baseman, but the club doesn't really have any other options if his knee gives out again.
While Roenicke did not give any specifics, McCalvy speculates that veteran Lyle Overbay could be a good fit.
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Overbay, 36, spent the 2012 season in a part-time role with the Diamondbacks and Braves, hitting .259/.331/.397 with two home runs in 65 games. The 12-year big-league veteran racked up some of his best numbers when he manned first base for the Brewers from 2004-2005, so a return to his old stomping grounds may be good for him.
McCalvy adds that Milwaukee is in discussions with a few free-agent infielders:
Doug Melvin said #Brewers are still talking to a couple FA infielders.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) January 27, 2013
Veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez may be among those still in the conversation, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, meaning the Brew Crew isn't limiting their search to first-base options.
Gonzalez, 35, appeared in just 24 games for the Brewers in 2012, missing most of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. He is a career .247/.292/.399 hitter in 14 big-league seasons and has never played anywhere other than shortstop.
If the club did bring bass the veteran shortstop, he would likely be competing for the back-up infielder role with Jeff Bianchi and new acquisition Bobby Crosby.