Apr 18, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel (24) during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Gamel, 28, was claimed off waivers by the Cubs in October and was once considered to be a pretty good first-base prospect. Gamel twice ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects and appeared on their list of Top 10 Brewers prospects on four separate occasions.
Several serious injuries, including a torn ACL in 2012 have derailed his career. Had Gamel not torn his ACL he would have filled Corey Hart’s spot in the Brewers lineup to prove himself for the first time in his career. He has a career line of .229/.305/.367 in the big leagues – a stark contrast to his .304/.374/.512 like against Triple-A pitchers.
Despite not playing a full season since 2011 he could provide depth at first base for Triple-A Iowa. Gamel should receive a minor league deal just north of $500K with a non-roster spring training invite to make room for a big free-agent signing.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 38.