The Milwaukee Brewers are in the throes of a playoff race, one game off the division lead in the NL Central and tied for the league’s top Wild Card spot. The team needs to add some pitching to the fold before the single July 31st trade deadline, but David Stearns and company may have some difficulty finding a deal for an impactful arm based on the fact that the organization’s minor league system was recently ranked last in the game by Baseball America. Realizing that, the front office brain trust has reportedly considered an outside-the-box solution to finding an upgrade for their beleaguered staff.
From Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic:
The Brewers, arguably the most creative team at last year’s deadline, have kicked around the idea of bolstering their injury-depleted rotation by trading one of their potential free agents, catcher Yasmani Grandal or infielder Mike Moustakas. It’s unclear whether the concept has advanced beyond internal discussions...The return of Travis Shaw and emergence of Keston Hiura would make Moustakas perhaps easier to replace than Grandal, but the Brewers probably could find a cerebral, defensive-minded catcher.
Moustakas and Grandal both signed one-year deals with mutual options prior to the start of this season, and both made the National League All-Star team after excellent performances during the team’s first half. Moose started the year as the regular second baseman but has since moved back to his natural position at the hot corner with the fall-off of Travis Shaw and the emergence of Keston Hiura. He has hit .261/.333/.532 with 26 home runs in 418 plate appearances, equaling out to a 119 wRC+. Playoff contending teams that have gotten poor production out of their third basemen include the Cardinals, Phillies, Indians, and Rays.