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Swinging away: Brewers maintain aggressive approach to roster building despite past strikeouts
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Swinging away: Brewers maintain aggressive approach to roster building despite past strikeouts

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David Stearns has had to make some difficult decisions over the last few weeks.

Hoping to snap his team out of a bit of a funk, the Milwaukee Brewers president of baseball operations replaced starting shortstop Luis Urias by acquiring Willy Adames in a trade with the Rays and then designated right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment.

Both moves required Stearns to swallow a little bit of his pride as Urias, acquired in a November 2019 trade with the Padres and handed the starting job when Stearns dealt Orlando Arcia to Atlanta less than a week into the season, and Lindblom, who signed a three-year, $9.125 million free agent deal a few weeks after the Urias trade, were two significant transactions that didn't pan out the way Stearns or the Brewers hoped.

That happens in baseball sometimes, especially when limited financial resources require some outside-the-box thinking — which has been a hallmark of Stearns' tenure. So while Stearns has made no shortage of small moves that paid big dividends (claiming Junior Guerra off waivers, acquiring 19-year-old Freddy Peralta in a trade for Adam Lind, trading four prospects for Christian Yelich), there have also been more than a few that didn't work out the way Stearns hoped.

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"At the end of the day we really just thought a new voice, a little bit of different framing of message, perhaps, a new idea, might be beneficial for our group as a whole," team president of baseball operations David Stearns said.

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