On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers lost second baseman Scooter Gennett to their rival, the Cincinnati Reds, as they claimed him off waivers. C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported the transaction first.
Gennett, 26, was drafted in the first year player draft in 2009 out of Sarasota High School in the 16th round by the Brewers. Gennett was born in Cincinnati and now he is going home to play for the Reds.
The four season veteran, has a solid slash line of .279/.318/.420 with 35 career HRs and 160 RBIs with the Brewers. Since making his debut with the Brewers in June of 2013, the lefty hitter has become an instant starter for Milwaukee. Gennett has potential to become an all-star caliber player and the Reds believe he can reach his potential.
With Brewers' top prospect Orlando Arcia reaching the majors and taking over shortstop, Johnathan Villar is expected to move over to second base. Gennett may have trouble receiving playing time in Cincinnati, as the starting infield seem to have their positions locked in. It appears Gennett will have to ride the bench.
Gennett will be playing under a $2.53 million contract this season and he is arbitration eligible in 2018. He is set to become a free agent in 2020.