10 Players Milwaukee Brewers Must Consider Trading
10 Players Milwaukee Brewers Must Consider Trading
The Milwaukee Brewers are in a deep hole that appears impossible to climb out of to clinch a playoff berth. Their 22-35 record, which puts them in second to last place in the National League, means the team will be sellers around the All-Star break, which is still a little over a month away.
It is never too early to begin considering who will be dealt, as there is no question general manager Doug Melvin has already put plenty of thought into it. In fact, I would not be surprised if trade talks have already begun with other teams. I am sure no specifics have been talked about, but there is little doubt that Melvin has at least tossed some names out there.
The way the Brewers are playing almost everyone is expendable. Obviously, certain players such as Ryan Braun, Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez are locks considering how well they have played. Not to mention, they carry a lot of weight in the organization. Other than those three players, a fire sale should not be out of the realm of reality.
A drastic change needs to be made, specifically with starting pitching. The rotation has the worst overall numbers in the NL, which is embarrassing considering some of the talent among the starters. Milwaukee’s primary goal should be to acquire starting pitching, some Major League ready and some prospects. In order to accomplish this, the Brewers will have to give up some decent players. Packaging players together is certainly a possibility to get more out of a deal.
Who are ten players Milwaukee must consider trading in order to improve the overall well-being of the team going forward?
Yuniesky Betancourt is someone the Brewers could get a decent amount for around the trade deadline because of the power he has shown in 2013. He was signed to be a backup who was forced to make plays on a daily basis in the starting lineup. His eight home runs and 29 RBI explain everything any team needs to know about him. National League teams will be all over Betancourt as a quality bat off the bench.
Milwaukee has a club option for Norichika Aoki in 2014, but the fact is the team could get quite a bit for him in a trade this season. His .294 batting average, four homers, 13 RBI and nine doubles are solid. However, it is his defense and speed that should have teams interested. Aoki is not a power guy but he will consistently reach base (.363 on-base percentage).
Starting pitcher Marco Estrada is someone the Brewers will most likely have to package in a deal to get rid of, but he is also someone that when added to a package could sweeten the deal. His strained hamstring could be a problem depending on how long he is out of the lineup. However, his decent numbers over the years means some team will be willing to take a chance on him in the bullpen if nothing else.
Corey Hart has yet to suit up for the Brewers in 2013. Unfortunately, when he finally does it might not be for very long. Hart is a free agent after this season and rumor has it Milwaukee is not going to be able to keep him. The fact is he is a quality player who is very talented at the plate. Not to mention, he is a team player who can line up at multiple positions on defense. Plenty of teams would part ways with solid prospects to acquire Hart at the end of July.
Left-handed pitcher Chris Narveson has only suited up for two games in 2013 before he was placed on the disabled list with a sprained middle finger. He is someone who can be effective in the starting rotation as well as the bullpen. With that being said, the Brewers will not trade him if they can get rid of some other pitchers, but he is someone that could certainly be dealt in a packaged deal.
It would be unusual for Milwaukee to trade Kyle Lohse in the first season of his three-year contract, but the starter is clearly frustrated with his current situation. The right-hander wants to play for a contender, which is something the Brewers do not appear to be. Not to mention, he hardly ever gets any run support when he takes the mound, which is part of the reason for his 1-6 record. Despite his numbers not being ideal, there are contenders that could still give up quite a bit for him.
Yovani Gallardo is another starting pitcher the Brewers will probably not part ways with in a trade. However, if he is packaged with the right people, there is a good chance Milwaukee could see some outstanding players come back their way. Gallardo has struggled in 2013, but the fact is he is a very talented starting pitcher that would do wonders in other rotations. Also, he still has one more year on his contract after this season so it is not as if it is a one and done.
John Axford has struggled mightily at times this season, but the truth is he is filled with potential. Teams will certainly take a hard look at him around the trade deadline, especially if he continues to pitch at a high level. The right-hander has not given up an earned run in 12 straight appearances, while he has struck out 11 batters over that span. He has also dominated in the setup role as he has recorded eight holds in 2013.
Aramis Ramirez is one of the players on this list that will be traded if the right opportunity presents itself. He has a power bat that will do wonders for contenders down the stretch. Not to mention, he is hitting for average this season as well. The fact that he has one more year on his contract is even more reason for teams to acquire him.
Rickie Weeks’ time in Milwaukee is coming to a close, as the Brewers need to do whatever it takes to get rid of his ridiculous contract. Weeks is the highest paid player on the team, which means the only way he goes is if he is packaged with Ramirez or Hart in a trade. With that being said, plenty of teams will take a gamble on him because he has shown promise in his career. Not to mention, he has power for a second baseman, which is rare.