The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to sign 1B Eric Thames for 3yrs/$16MM plus a $7.5MM Club Option for 2020. The 30-year-old last played in the big leagues in 2012 when he batted .232/.273/.399 over 271AB's with the Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners. Thames has spent the last four years in the Korean where he's dominated the last three years. He slashed .381/.497/.790 with 47 HR's and 140 RBI's en route to being named the MVP of the KBO league in 2015.
How this affects Milwaukee's 1B Future Outlook: It's out with the old and in with the new at first base in Milwaukee this offseason as the organization will say goodbye to Chris Carter after one year with the franchise and will bring aboard one of KBO's most dominant hitters over the last three seasons. Thames didn't have much success in the majors, but could follow in Jung Ho Kang and Hyun Soo Kim's footsteps in making an impact at the big league level after coming over from Korea.
How this affects Milwaukee's overall future outlook: Thames' signing moves Hernan Perez back into a utility role once Lewis Brinson is ready for a full-time role. Carter gave Milwaukee 40 HR's last year in the heart of Milwaukee's lineup which Thames likely won't reciprocate in 2017. However, he should get on base much more often than Carter and strike out significantly less than Carter's NL-leading 206 times. A