Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
2 weeks ago

Middlebrooks declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock and is now a free agent.

EDGE Analysis

Middlebrooks passed through waivers untouched, but rather than stick with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate, he decided to test the waters of free agency. The 29-year-old hit an unimpressive .211/.231/.368 in 39 plate appearances for the big club this season, but he should be able to find a minor-league deal somewhere given his respectable minor-league numbers over the previous two campaigns.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
4 weeks ago

Middlebrooks started at third base and went 1-for-4 in Monday's 11-2 loss to the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers have leaned on Drew Robinson as their primary third baseman with Adrian Beltre limited to designated-hitting duties while he recovers from a hamstring injury, but Middlebrooks received the starting nod at the hot corner in the series opener. Neither Robinson nor Middlebrooks have made much of an impact offensively in September, but with few attractive healthy alternatives laying in wait, it's expected that the duo will continue to see all of the reps at the position until the regular season concludes Sunday.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
1 month ago

Middlebrooks struck out in his pinch-hitting appearance during the Rangers' 8-1 loss to the Mariners on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Since being added to the big-league squad as a Sept. 1 callup, Middlebrooks has seen more action than expected, appearing in seven of the Rangers' last 11 games and batting 3-for-16 with three RBI. Injuries to Mike Napoli (leg) and Adrian Beltre (hamstring) have helped Middlebrooks' case for picking up at-bats, but his responsibilities could dwindle once Napoli is cleared to return. Beltre was activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier this week and deployed as a pinch hitter Wednesday, but his injury probably won't allow him to play the field for the rest of the season.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
2 months ago

Middlebrooks was called up by the Rangers on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers will reward Middlebrooks for his strong season with Triple-A Round Rock, and it's possible he will see some chances in the immediate future with Adrian Beltre nursing a hamstring strain. Middlebrooks generated a lot of buzz after hitting 15 homers in 75 games with the Red Sox as a 23-year-old in 2012, but it was only a matter of time before his contact woes and lack of patience were exploited by big-league hurlers.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
5 months ago

Middlebrooks (hand) is back in action for Triple-A Round Rock, and has home runs in each of his first two games since coming off the DL on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

He also homered in his last game before landing on the DL with a broken left hand on April 17, so he has technically homered in three straight games. His season line is .309/.377/.691 with a 13:5 K:BB in 55 at-bats, but it seems clear that he is a Quadruple-A hitter at this point.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
6 months ago

Middlebrooks was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock with a broken left hand, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Middlebrooks was off to a nice start before landing on the DL, going 15-for-48 with four homers and 14 RBI through 12 games. He hit just .111 in 31 plate appearances with the Brewers in 2016, so he'll continue to serve as organizational depth with Round Rock when he returns.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
11 months ago

Middlebrooks agreed to sign a minor league deal with the Rangers on Friday, the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reports.

EDGE Analysis

He will join the organization he grew up rooting for, serving as organizational depth. Last year Middlebrooks hit .111 in 31 plate appearances with the Brewers and posted a 108 wRC+ at Triple-A. The former top prospect looks like a Quadruple-A hitter at this point.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
1 year ago

Middlebrooks elected to become a free agent Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Middlebrooks spent most of the 2016 season with Triple-A Colorado Springs and appeared in just 10 games with the big club after signing with the Brewers last offseason, so he will seek opportunities elsewhere heading into next season.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
1 year ago

Middlebrooks (lower leg) was activated from the disabled list and outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Middlebrooks has recovered from his lower leg strain, but the Brewers will not add him to the 25-man roster at this time. There is an outside shot he could see action with the big club before the season ends when rosters expand in September.

Will Middlebrooks
3B FA
1 year ago

Middlebrooks (lower leg strain) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Low-A Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

EDGE Analysis

He will DH for the Tiber Rattlers on Wednesday and is expected to play at least two games in the Midwest League before moving up to a more advanced level. The Brewers probably won't activate Middlebrooks until rosters expand in September, at which point he will occupy a part-time role.