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GM's Can't Be Sentimental

by Tom King

The Milwaukee Brewers traded Nori Aoki yesterday and social media erupted in protest. Aoki had become a fan favorite in his two years in a Brewer uniform and fans were unhappy to see him go especially for a guy they don't know alot about. Most casual fans don't keep up with knowing every player in both leagues so unless you are a serious fantasy baseball player chances are good you hadnt heard of Will Smith before. Smith, who was aquired in the trade for Aoki, is a 24 year old left-handed pitcher who throws a 91 MPH fastball along with a curve and change-up. He can start or relieve and has had good numbers in both AAA and the majors. He also has a salary that the Brewers will control for five years. But this deal wasnt made entirely for money reasons. The Brewers want to give Khris Davis a chance to play every day this season. He made a ok debut lasts season replacing the suspended Ryan Braun. The idea is that by moving Aoki that opens right field for Braun and Davis will play left, his natural position. Plus the Brewers main concern in this off-season is improving the pitching staff and replacing some of the bullpen guys that have left. Doug Melvin said he realized that the fans won't like the deal because of their affection for Aoki but even Aoki knew he was probably going to be the odd man out and wanted to play everyday which he will in Kansas City. Melvin, like Ted Thompson, and every other GM out there cannot be swayed by fan reaction in making deals...it's a big part of the job...pulling the trigger on unpopular deals if you believe it will help your team in the future.