It is no secret that the Milwaukee Brewers’ offense has kept the team from running away with the division lead early in the season. The team’s starting pitching rotation boasts three potential All-Stars in Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta. In addition, Josh Hader again is among the best relief pitchers in the National League. However, poor early season performances from most of the Brewers’ offense, as well as a long series of injuries, have kept the offense from matching the dominant pitching.
Despite the poor offensive production, the Brewers remain within striking distance of the National League Central Division, and could very well end up on top of the division come October. In order for that to happen, though, something needs to change with the offense. Here, we present three trade candidates who could bolster the Brewers’ offense and help the team reach the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
Trade Candidate #1- 1B Joey Gallo
Stop me if you heard this one: a power-hitting first baseman who strikes out a ton, but has a high on-base percentage and can mash the ball. The Brewers have had their fair share of players like this in the past, and another one in Gallo could be a welcome sight in Milwaukee this season. The left-handed batting Gallo is hitting .211/.360/.389 with nine home runs and 25 RBI. These numbers may not jump off the sheet, but they are far better than anything the Brewers have received from first basemen Keston Hiura and Daniel Vogelbach this season.
Joey Gallo has two 40-home run seasons under his belt, and the short right-field porch at American Family Field may bolster his numbers again. He is under team control until 2022, making him a short-term fix at the position. The Texas Rangers, Gallo’s current team, is in the cellar of the American League West and are in selling mode. The Brewers have some covetable pitching prospects in their system, which a rebuilding team like the Rangers may like.
Trade Candidate #2- 3B Kyle Seager
When the Brewers were faced with filling their need at third base, they elected to sign Travis Shaw back to the club in hopes that he could recapture his 2018 form. While Shaw has certainly provided some pop from time to time this season, the overall production of the Brewers at third base has been another gaping hole in the lineup. Orlando Arcia, who was set to take over third base, at least part-time, was traded to the Atlanta Braves. Shaw is hitting below .200 and Luis Urias has been inconsistent.
Kyle Seager, the third baseman of the Seattle Mariners, could provide the Brewers lineup with some pop, as he already has 10 home runs, which would tie him for the team lead if he were already on the Brewers. Seager currently has a WAR of 1.1, which is higher than Shaw’s (-0.3) and Urias’s (0.4). Seager is hitting .222/.291/.440, which, again, does not jump off the sheet but would provide the Brewers with much more production at the hot corner than they have been receiving.
Trade Candidate #3- IF Eduardo Escobar
Eduardo Escobar not only can play all over the infield, but he also leads the National League in RBI. The Brewers, who are starved for offense on many nights, desperately need a player who can drive in runs on a consistent basis. Escobar has a slashline of .239/.283/.463, which is not very flashy. However, his 13 home runs and 39 RBI would be invaluable to the Brewers’ anemic offense.
Like the Texas Rangers, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Escobar’s current team, are last in their division and are set to begin another rebuild. The pitching prospects the Brewers possess will undoubtedly be enough to get a deal done. If the Brewers can garner interest from the Diamondbacks, they should get this deal done. Escobar’s WAR of 0.9 is higher than any Brewers’ infielder aside from Kolten Wong (1.6) and Willy Adames (1.3).
The Brewers’ offense is in desperate need of a boost. Christian Yelich is having another down year, having hit just one home run all season. Keston Hiura most likely needs much more time in the minors and Daniel Vogelbach has not recaptured the magic of last year’s post-trade hitting spree. All three of the above trade candidates have an OPS over .700 this season. Of Brewers’ regular starters, only Avisail Garcia, Wong, Yelich, and Omar Narvaez have OPS’s over .700. Adding another player (or two) who can drive the ball and bring runs home will make the Brewers a force to be reckoned with in the National League. Without them, however, it could be a very frustrating year in Milwaukee.