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  1. Simple. Keep Gamel in AAA for the bulk of this year, spending significant time learning to play 1rst base. If Fielder leaves, Gamel is his replacement. The money saved can be spent on a quality shortstop, and a Grienke and/ or Marcum extension. Do not trade Gamel for a splash type SP.

    Comment by Jimbo — March 24, 2011 @ 9:36 am

  2. Knowing nothing about Gamel outside of his player page and this article, I’m not sure whether his bat really plays at 1B. Up until last year, I’d have said his contact would need to take a giant step forward, given his marginal power and subpar defense – and while it looked like it did improve in 2010, it’s hard to tell by how much.

    2009 320 PA AAA – BB 11.9 %, K 32.6 %
    2010 359 PA AAA – BB 10.6 %, K 20.6 %

    He traded a few walks for a sizable reduction in Ks. It’s safe to say he really did make real strides forward in the contact department, and has major league handle on the strike zone. But still, to get time at 1B in the bigs, a team would need to be pretty short on minor league bats. If his range is good, as Hulet claims in the Brewers Prospect article, it sounds like he needs to take about 10000000000 grounders and get his glove in shape, because I have the feeling that’s the only way he’s getting real PT is at third.

    Comment by Telo — March 24, 2011 @ 9:55 am

  3. Gamel makes little sense for the Twins — he’s a lefty whose only role would be as a cheap DH for a few years. There’s upside with Gamel, but given his significant question marks, and given the Twins are probably looking for a piece they can plug in to help the current team, I doubt they would bite.

    Comment by robdeer — March 24, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  4. His glove isn’t the problem. Most of his errors come on throws.

    Comment by Dustin — March 24, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

  5. I don’t think the Brewers would want the deal either. Gamel will more than likely be the replacement for Prince Fielder, and the Brewers don’t need a back-end starter that much.

    Comment by Dustin — March 24, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

  6. I cant tell you how many calls ive screened in Milwaukee for fans that think Gamel can fill in for Fielder at 1b right after Prince leaves. Yikes

    Comment by Monty — March 25, 2011 @ 3:16 am

  7. There’s still a possiblity to see Gamel in the bigs this season: it is still possible that the Brewers are out of the playoff race come the trade deadline, in which case they could trade Fielder to help replenish their depleted farm and to make room for Gamel at 1B. There’s also the possiblity of an injury to McGehee or Fielder. Gamel in AAA as 1B/3B depth is a good problem to have.

    Comment by DrEasy — March 25, 2011 @ 3:52 am

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