Moustakas was confirmed as the Brewers' primary starting second baseman Monday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports. Moustakas has played the position throughout spring, so manager Craig Counsell called the announcement a "little bit of a foregone conclusion." It remains to be seen how reliable he'll be defensively at his new spot, but that won't matter for fantasy owners in most leagues. Even if the Brewers decide he's unplayable at the keystone at some point this year, that decision isn't likely to come until he's picked up the added positional eligibility in most formats.
Moustakas went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's win over the Reds. Moustakas clubbed his first long ball of the spring in the second inning to give Milwaukee an early 1-0 lead. He once again slotted in at the keystone, although the transition to a new position hasn't slowed his bat thus far. He's gone 3-for-6 with a home run and two runs scored in the early days of Cactus League play.
Moustakas said he felt comfortable at second base Sunday against the Rangers, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Moustakas admitted that he forgot to cover the base on a throw, but otherwise it was an uneventful debut at his new position. Manager Craig Counsell praised Moustakas, saying it was a good first outing and that he's confident the 30-year-old will only get better as he plays more second base. Travis Shaw is expected to be the primary third baseman, with Hernan Perez serving in a utility role.
Moustakas will get looks at second base this spring, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The news is something of a surprise, as Moustakas has been almost exclusively a third baseman thus far in his major-league career, and a move to a tougher defensive position at this stage would be rather unusual. The Brewers also have Travis Shaw as a very capable option at the hot corner, but the team solved that problem last season by playing Shaw at second. There's no obvious reason why they'd switch that plan around this season, but if Moustakas manages to pick up enough games at second base to qualify there in some fantasy formats it would be at least a small boost to his value.
Moustakas agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Brewers on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The deal will become official following a physical exam. Moustakas elected free agency after turning down his 2019 option with Milwaukee, but he'll return with the Brewers and should be their premier option at third base, especially against right-handed pitching. This means Travis Shaw will once again see time at second base as he did in the second half of the 2018 campaign. The keystone will become a bit more crowded with Moustakas back in the picture, as Cory Spangenberg, Hernan Perez and Tyler Saladino could all compete for backup work at second behind Shaw.
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