Marlins Trade Carr to Milwaukee For Young Pitcher
MIAMI (AP) _ After the Florida Marlins signed Gold Glove center fielder Devon White, the departure of Chuck Carr was expected. For Carr, a move was eagerly anticipated.
Carr, who hit just .227 as the starting center fielder last season, was traded Monday to the Milwaukee Brewers for young right-hander Juan Gonzalez.
Carr struggled in 1995, stealing only 25 bases after leading the NL with 50 two years ago and being benched at times for minor leaguer Jesus Tavarez.
Marlins general manager Dave Dombrowski said Carr requested a deal if the team wasn’t committed to him in a full-time role.
``Chuck really had expressed at the end of the season that if it was not going to work out that he would be able to come out and play every day, to move him if we could,″ Dombrowski said.
Carr’s agent, Rich Weisman, said Carr was told he would be the Brewers’ starting center fielder.
Carr hit .256 with 115 steals in three years with Florida.
Though both White and Carr are excellent outfielders with good speed, the Marlins liked White’s bat a bit better. White hit .283 last season with 10 homers and 53 RBIs for Toronto. He has 131 homers and 249 stolen bases in an 11-year career.
``(Carr’s) speed lends him to be a top of the order hitter, but we were in a position where he just didn’t get on base for us as a top of the order hitter,″ Dombrowski said.
Gonzalez, 20, was 11-4 last season with a 4.16 ERA for Beloit of the Midwest League.
``They were not that eager to deal him,″ Dombrowski said, ``but I think they realized if they were going to get their starting center fielder, they were going to have to give up someone with some ability.″