The brewing business comes as no surprise to Hunter Renfroe

In addition to his plate contributions for the Brewers last season, Hunter Renfroe recorded 11 assists, the most by a National League outfielder, in 1,043⅔ innings.

In addition to his plate contributions for the Brewers last season, Hunter Renfroe recorded 11 assists, the most by a National League outfielder, in 1,043⅔ innings.

Hunter Renfroe has been around long enough to be able to read the handwriting on the wall.

Due to a 2023 salary expected to be somewhere north of $11 million in his final year of officiating and with a group of highly touted outfielders knocking on the door of the major leagues, the right fielder really wasn’t surprised Tuesday night when he learned he was being traded to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for three pitching prospects.

“Unfortunately, we expected that,” Renfroe said Wednesday. “The nature of the beast is that it’s kind of a deal too expensive for a team like Milwaukee, especially with Brandon (Woodruff) and Corbin (Burnes) and even those guys should be making close to $11 million.

“It’s kind of the nature of a middle market team; they have a price tag they have to keep up so someone had to go and I knew I could be the odd man out. It sucks but I loved my time in Milwaukee and I love those Boys.

“I expect to have a great year with the Angels and look forward to the adventure there.”

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Renfroe’s stay in Milwaukee was short but productive.

Acquired December 1 from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Jackie Bradley Jr. and a pair of minor-leaguers, Renfroe was arguably the Brewers’ most consistent offensive contributor as he hit .255 with 29 home runs and 72 runs batted in while compiling an OPS of .807.

He was also a impactful defensive player, recording 11 assists, the most by a National League outfielder, in 1,043⅔ innings.

Despite that productivity, Renfroe now faces the prospect of fitting into his fifth team over the past five seasons as the Brewers will use the likes of Tyrone Taylor, Sal Frelick, Joey Wiemer and Esteury Ruiz.

“It’s strange,” Renfroe said. “Especially when you’re in arbitration. It’s not like you’re a year-long free agent. You’re in the part of your career where most people have some normalcy and stick with a team for a while. But I guess that is the nature of baseball, where it makes you think and makes you think.

“It’s part of it; we knew it going into it. But it always sucks when you have to go to a new team and make new friends. I’ve never been very good with names, but I guess I have to figure it out fast.”

At the very least, Renfroe will now be able to play alongside two of the game’s preeminent talents, Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout with the Angels.

He will also reunite with southpaw Aaron Loup, a former San Diego and Tampa Bay teammate who also happens to be his neighbor in Mississippi.

“It’s exciting for us to be together as a team again,” said Renfroe. “Being with Trout and Ohtani and those guys, it’s pretty exciting. They have high expectations every year and we’ll see how that plays out. (Angels general manager Perry Minasian) said they’re not done yet, so we’ll see what it brings.” .

While the backlash from fans hasn’t been as strong as it was when the Brewers traded Josh Hader in August, it has still been notable on social media with the main theme being that the franchise is cutting corners financially and is no longer willing to spend the money needed to compete at the highest level.

Renfroe was asked for his opinion following his year with the organization.

“I’ve been on a few rebuilds, so I understand the way things are. But I’ve never considered myself a GM in any way,” he said. “I’m not that intellectually smart. I’ve never played fantasy football or done anything like that, so I can’t figure it out either. I see where he’s (GM Matt Arnold) coming from, where the youngest talent out there wants to go and give them a chance to develop as MLB players and that sort of thing.

“But at some point you have to have some guys like Christian Yelich or Jace Peterson or Brandon Woodruff to take those guys under your belt, and why not do that while you’ve got them under control? But I understand that it’s not necessarily a great thing when you lose someone, it never is, like when you lose (Josh) Hader, who’s a top responder, but that’s part of the business.

“It’s one of those things where you sell high, when those guys are doing really well, and you try to get as much as possible for them. I understand that part of the game. It’s just one of those things where it’s a way to build your farm system to improve your team in the long run. I get that. It sucks.

“It’s part of the game, and that’s why I’ve been moved around so much, I think.”

The brewers add depth to the exterior

The Brewers solidified their depth in the outfield on Wednesday by signing Blake Perkins to a one-year deal.

Perkins, 26, is a 2015 Washington Nationals second-round pick who hit .246 with 15 homers, 50 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 101 games split between Class AA Somerset (71 games) and Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes- Barre (30 games) in the New York Yankees organization.

Perkins is also a switch-hitter capable of playing all three spots in the outfield. He has yet to make his major league debut.

Milwaukee’s 40-man roster is 38.

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This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Hunter Renfroe Not Surprised by Brewers Trade to Angels

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