The Milwaukee Brewers have a sense of urgency going into the final month of the season. They were leading the NL Central race until fairly recently when the Cubs woke up and the Cardinals, buoyed by Matt Carpenter turning into Barry Bonds, both surpassed them in the standings. Given the moves the Brewers have made before and during this season, the team seemed committed to making a playoff push rather than fold up and try again next year.
First, they acquired Gio Gonzalez to shore up their biggest weakness which is very clearly their starting rotation. However, that isn’t all they did as also added an intriguing bat right before the midnight deadline for waiver wire moves.
Curtis Granderson is not the same player he was when he was making All-Star teams and hitting 40 home runs a season. While he is basically unplayable against left-handed pitchers, the guy still has some power and has hit 11 homers off of righties this season for the Blue Jays. As a veteran bat who can help lead a clubhouse and provide some value off the bench or against righties, he is a fine get.
As for Demi Orimoloye, he is a real prospect which is an awesome return on a guy like Granderson. He was ranked in the top 20 prospects in the Brewers system not too long ago. While he has struggled a bit since his promotion to high-A which saw him slash .237/.304/.372, he still has real upside with a ton of athleticism in the outfield.