UPDATE, 12-21-07 at 10:50am: Brewers GM Doug Melvin says he hasn’t spoken to Lofton’s agent for weeks.
FROM 12-20-07 at 11:51am:
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Brewers have their eye on free agent center fielder Kenny Lofton. Such a signing would allow them to shift Bill Hall to third base and Ryan Braun to left field. How much of a defensive gain would they get from this? One reader suggested to me that the Crew might instead just use Lofton in left and leave Hall and Braun where they are.
Lofton is terrible against southpaws, so the Brewers would need to find a platoon partner. Corey Hart could be that guy but that would open up right field. The Brewers’ interest in Lofton dates back to July, according to Evan Grant.
Crasnick says the Brewers are also considering Luis Gonzalez, if they decide not to move Braun. Previously we’ve heard the Giants, Rangers, Twins, and White Sox could be interested.