In the third graphic in this series, we look at how to replace runs the Milwaukee Brewers will be losing due to free agency. Although Prince Fielder re-signing isn't outside the realm of possibility, it's more fun to to at least imagine what the Brew Crew would do in terms of replacing his production.
Instead of just using runs scored straight up, I've used wRC (weighted runs created) and wRAA (weighted runs above average) to get a more accurate reading. 2012 projections are from Bill James data on Fangraphs.
Click after the jump to see how the Brewers can stay competitive.
Best case scenario is if the Brewers try to upgrade their two weakest positions, 3B and SS. Aramis Ramirez is out there, and along with Jimmy Rollins, their production is far greater than the McGehee/Betancourt combo.
McGehee/Betancourt: 103 wRC
Ramirez/Rollins: 160 wRC
Projections from 2012 Bill James numbers.
At first base, they can sign someone cheaper like Derrek Lee, that can still produce (73 wRC). Although Fielder is projected 116 wRC, a quick look at McGehee/Betancourt/Fielder (216 wRC) vs Ramirez/Rollins/Lee (233 wRC) puts them in the same ballpark in terms of production.