Examining Potential Summer Trades for the Milwaukee Brewers

This has been a season of many negatives for the Milwaukee Brewers thus far in 2015. Manager Ron Roenicke was fired in early May, and was replaced promptly by former Brewer Craig Counsell. The Brewers have also seen key players Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Jean Segura, and Scooter Gennett hit the disabled list for extended periods of time in the first two months of the season. So, what’s next for the Brewers? In a NL Central division that continues to improve every season, the Brewers need to thoroughly analyze their roster and farm system moving forward if they want to legitimately compete season after season.

The next two months may be busy in the Brewers front office. They have already made it known to competing teams that they will be listening to trade offers upon the July 31st trade deadline. The Brewers possess multiple valuable assets for teams looking to make a mark in the 2015 record books. Below I will be analyzing some key players that may be changing teams come July 31st.

3B Aramis Ramirez

Ramirez has already made it clear that he intends to retire at the end of the 2015 season. Now may be a good time for the Brewers to start evaluating options at third base for 2016 and beyond. Many teams could be in the market for a veteran player like Ramirez. While his defensive abilities have deteriorated over the last couple of years, Ramirez may be an intriguing bench option for teams looking for a bat off the bench. He could also generate interest from an American League team, who could use his bat as a designated hitter.

Potential Trade Partners: San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, LA Angels

1B Adam Lind

Lind is in the final year of his contract and could generate interest from American League teams as a designated hitter. He is a below average defensive first baseman, and has a good batting average against right handing pitching throughout his career. Lind primarily served as the designated hitter for the Toronto Blue Jays the past several years after coming over to Milwaukee in a trade this past offseason. The Brewers may want to trade Lind and/or Ramirez in an effort to create more playing time for Jason Rogers, who has hit the ball well since coming up from AAA early in the season. Rogers has experience in the minors playing first and third base, along with both corner outfield spots.

Potential Trade Partners: St. Louis Cardinals, LA Angels, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians

OF Gerardo Parra

Parra is also in the final year of his contract, and is an above average defensive outfielder at all three outfield positions. Parra has won a Gold Glove award in both corner outfield spots. He is also an average top-of-the order hitter. Parra had been delegated to fourth outfielder duty, but is now the Brewers everyday left fielder after an injury suffered to Khris Davis this past weekend. Once Davis returns within 4-6 weeks, I expect the Brewers to be shopping Parra heavily. He could generate an above-average return, especially for his defense.

Potential Trade Partners: San Francisco Giants, LA Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles

SP Kyle Lohse

Lohse is another player in the final year of his contract. Lohse is a veteran pitcher who has plenty of postseason experience. While Lohse has struggled thus far in 2015, he could be a hot commodity come mid-July, especially if he makes some quality starts over the next several weeks. Contending teams are always desperate for an additional starting pitcher for a postseason run, so I expect teams to take a long, hard look at Lohse.

Potential Trade Partners: St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox

RP Jonathan Broxton

Broxton, also in the final year of his contract, is another veteran Brewers pitcher with playoff experience that is also struggling thus far in 2015. Broxton has plenty of experience closing during his days with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but could prove to be an intriguing option for playoff teams looking for a 7th or 8th inning option later in the season. Playoff teams can never have too little pitching, so I expect Broxton to be moved. The Brewers also want to give some of their minor league prospects a taste of the Big Leagues.

Potential Trade Partners: Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers

SS Jean Segura

Segura had a phenomenal 2013 season after coming over in the Zack Greinke trade with the LA Angels during the summer of 2012. Segura looks to be a part of the Brewers long-term picture, but that does not mean the Brewers would resist trading him if presented with the right deal. Segura struggled during the 2014 season, as he was plagued by the death of his son in the middle of the season. He did not take the ball to right field in 2014, something that generated a lot of offensive success for Segura in 2013. There are also lots of question marks pertaining to his defense, as a move to second base or third base may make sense in the future. While I consider the odds of Segura being traded to well below 50-50, I expect the Brewers to still listen to some offers, especially with AA prospect Orlando Arcia playing well in Biloxi.

Potential Trade Partners: New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees

CF Carlos Gomez

Gomez has one year left on his deal, expected to become a free agent in 2017. With only a salary of $8 million this year and $9 million next season, a team making a playoff push may look for this five-tool player. The centerfielder brings so much to the table, and the Brewers would undoubtedly get a huge return back for him. He will be looking for a big contract in 2017 anyway, so the Brewers may be better off trading him now or next season and to receive some value.

Potential Trade Partners: LA Dodgers, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Detroit Tigers (and probably many more)

These seven players could all generate interest for the Brewers come mid-July, but I also expect the Brewers to listen to offers on Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, and Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez, should the right offer present itself. Teams do not want to take on Braun or Garza’s contracts, and the Brewers would really need a helluva offer to trade Lucroy. Rebuilding is in the future for the Brewers, and the time to start may be now. I expect the Brewers to demand an excess of minor league pitching in return for some of its key trade access. Some Major-League ready arms certainly would not hurt, as well! Stay tuned for an exciting couple of months of Brewers baseball (trading)!

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