Nov 4, 2023, 02:05 PM ET
MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have traded veteran outfielder Mark Canha to the Detroit Tigers, declining his option for the 2024 season. In exchange, the Brewers have acquired minor league pitcher Blake Holub.
With a Monday deadline looming, the Brewers had to decide whether to pick up Canha’s $11.5 million team option for 2024 or pay a $2 million buyout. Opting for neither, the Brewers chose to trade Canha to the Tigers, marking his second trade this year.
Canha, who will turn 35 on Feb. 15, played a crucial role in the Brewers’ pursuit of the NL Central title this season after being acquired from the Mets at the trade deadline. In return for Canha, the Mets received minor league pitcher Justin Jarvis and agreed to cover $3.26 million of Canha’s remaining salary for the year.
During his 50 games with the Brewers, Canha showcased his skills with a .287 batting average, a .373 on-base percentage, five home runs, and 33 RBIs. One of his standout moments came on Sept. 16 when he hit a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning, leading the Brewers to a 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Prior to the trade, Canha had a .245 batting average, a .343 on-base percentage, six home runs, and 29 RBIs in 89 games with the Mets.
Throughout his career, Canha has maintained a .250 batting average, a .349 on-base percentage, 113 home runs, and 417 RBIs. He has previously played for the Oakland Athletics (2015-21), Mets (2022-23), and now the Brewers (2023).
As part of the trade, the Brewers have acquired 25-year-old right-hander Blake Holub. Holub had an impressive season, going 6-4 with a 3.03 ERA and eight saves in 48 combined relief appearances with Single-A West Michigan and Double-A Erie.