Milwaukee Brewers "Showing Interest" In Free Agent They Drafted 11 Years Ago

The Milwaukee Brewers, with an eye on strengthening their first base position following the departure of Rowdy Tellez, have shown interest in Garrett Cooper, a notable free agent.

Cooper, 33, boasts a significant baseball journey, beginning with his selection by the Brewers in the 2013 draft.

His path led him through the New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins, with a recent stint at the San Diego Padres.

Last season, Cooper played in 123 games, hitting a career-high 17 home runs and 61 RBIs.

His performance, including a batting average of .251 and an on-base percentage (OBP) of .304, positions him as a potential asset for the Brewers, especially considering his career OPS+ of 109 and a .816 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

The Brewers' interest in Cooper emerges amidst their consideration of re-signing veteran Carlos Santana.

While Santana has been a valuable player, his increasing age (37) and potential salary demands could be factors in the Brewers' decision-making process, according to Tyler Koerth.

There are speculations that the Brewers might be unwilling to meet Santana's salary expectations, which could be around $8 million, given his performance last year.

Cooper, on the other hand, could be a more affordable option. Last season, he earned $4.2 million and might be available for a similar deal, offering the Brewers a cost-effective alternative with a decent track record.

Garrett Cooper's potential return to the Brewers, the team that initially drafted him, could provide them with a reliable first base option. Photo Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports