The Milwaukee Brewers pulled off the first big trade of the 2021 MLB season, acquiring Willy Adames from the Tampa Bay Rays. With this team clearly buying in the hopes of making the postseason, the MLB trade deadline offers plenty of possibilities for Milwaukee.
Unlike many contenders in the National League, the Brewers really don’t need rotation help. The trio of Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta is among the best in MLB and could handle the workload in a playoff series. Even behind them, Adrian Houser is an effective No. 4 starter for a playoff-caliber team.
For as strong as the Brewers’ rotation is, its lineup is a problem. Far too often this season, Milwaukee has seen great pitching performances wasted by a group of hitters who fail to consistently produce runs. At a time when the NL Central is up for grabs, president of baseball operations David Stearns can’t let this time go to waste.
Let’s examine three trades that could help the Brewers reach the MLB postseason.
Milwaukee Brewers land Eduardo Escobar
Even before Travis Shaw’s injury, the Brewers needed to find something better at third base. Through 72 games, Milwaukee’s third basemen have the third-worst wRC+ (62), the worst SLG (.307) and batting average (.187). Things aren’t getting any better in June, as evidenced by a 54 wRC+ and .152 batting average.
Eduardo Escobar fixes all of that with one powerful swing. The 32-year-old doesn’t hit for a high average (.240) and walks just 6.4% of the time, but he drives in runs. Escobar has 15 home runs and 45 RBIs through 70 games, posting a .455 SLG and 100 wRC+. Better yet, his spray chart shows his power would play nicely in the NL Central.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are rebuilding, so Escobar is a safe bet to be moved. Because he’s a rental, the price will also be reduced and there aren’t a ton of teams in the market for a third baseman/second baseman. A trade package of outfielder Tristen Lutz (MIL’s No. 12 prospect) and pitcher Patrick Weigel could get a deal done.