Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee Brewers’ one-off view, is back on the move.
Although this time the move is much bigger than him slipping from shortstop to third base as the team traded Arcia to the Atlanta Braves for right-handed relievers Chad Sobotka and Patrick Weigel.
“We are pleased to add two major arms of power to our organization,” said President of Baseball Operations David Stearns in the release announcing the deal. “Both have great league experience and give us additional quality opportunities throughout the season.”
Both Sobotka and Weigel report to Brewers’ alternative training ground in Appleton.
Arcia, 26, hits just .091 through four games this season, though he played a key role in the team’s lone victory on opening day and drove into the winning race in the 10th inning with a fielder.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Arcia as far back as 2019 out of season when Milwaukee swung a four-player deal with the San Diego Padres that brought Luis Urías to the Brewers.
Arcia was informed this offseason that he and 23-year-old Urías would share the shortstop job after Arcia had been the team’s undisputed starter there since making his debut in the major leagues in August 2016.
Two of Arcia’s three starts this season have come in at third base.
Arcia was actually the Brewers’ most consistent hitter in 2020, leading the team with an average of .260, but is a .244 hitter with a .293 on-base percentage for his career.
Defensively, Arcia has a huge range – a big plus for all the shifts the brewers have made – and a strong throwing arm. But in 2019, in 2020 and in his one start at shortstop this season, he has accounted for minus-6 defensive runs hidden at the position.
His best overall season came in 2017, when he hit .277 with 15 home runs and 53 runs pitched while playing in a career-high 153 games.
Arcia avoided arbitration this offseason by signing a $ 2 million one-year contract with Brewers on December 2nd. But it is believed he had been on the trading block as far back as last season.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Orlando for his contribution to our team and community,” Stearns said. “Orlando contributed to some of the greatest moments in Brewer’s history, including his memorable four-hit performance in Game 163 in 2018.
“We wish Orlando and his family well as they move on to their next baseball chapter.”
Arcia’s fit with the Braves seems to be more like a move to depth, as they already have a luminaire at shortstop in Dansby Swanson.
Swanson has had to deal with a calf injury and, like Arcia, a tough start to the record with a .100 average.
Sobotka, who turns 28 on July 10, was a fourth-round draft pick for the Braves in 2014. He has played in 50 major league games since 2018 and is 1-0 with an average of 5.36 earned runs and 61 strikes in 47 innings. .
Weigel, who turns 27 on July 8, debuted in the Major League for the Braves last season and threw 2/3 of an inning. A seventh-round pick of Atlanta in 2015, he missed most of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
In an interesting twist, Brewers actually pulled Weigel out of Oxnard College in the 22nd round of 2014, but could not sign him.
This story is under development and will be updated.