In what can only be described as a blockbuster move, Jason Paraskevas and Eddie Martinez came into the open market period with guns blazing. With Gerard Fitzgerald on the cusp of opting out to go back to the Astros, as was the plan from the beginning of the G7/Dakota deal, Paraskevas reached out to Gerard to see if he'd come to the Crew, and the two came to an agreement paving the way for Paraskevas to work a deal with the Royals.
The deal sends Anthony Bevilacqua and the 4th overall pick in the 2018 draft to the royals for Gerard and the 6th overall pick in the draft.
The Brewers have been courting Gerard for the last two off seasons and when he did not opt out to start 2017 when his team mate Jordan Robles left, it was not looking like it would ever happen, but with the right circumstances and parties involved it came together quite quickly and was unanimously approved by the voting committee.
The deal also makes Gerard officially the highest paid player in the PWBL. In an effort to change the face of the game and how teams are forged, the Brewers really went deep with a package worth up to $700 including playoff incentives and league fees. Setting the table for big names to begin considering opting out, forcing their owners to shop players around and allowing the players (who have right of refusal of trades) to negotiate a price.