With trade season now in full swing and the deadline looming a mere two weeks away, the Brewers are looking to be competitive in more than just their play.
One of the best, if not the best, starting pitcher on the trade market is Oakland’s Sonny Gray. After a nice last outing of six innings of shutout baseball, Gray lowered his season ERA to 3.72. Even after a rough start to his 2017 season, he is posting 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings and only 2.8 walks per nine innings.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Brewers have emerged as the leading contender to land the right hander.
While the Brewers have maintained that they will not be “mortgaging the future” in any possible deals this season, Gray fits the bill as he has two years of team control after the rest of the 2017 season. The 27 year old could be a contributor for the Brewers through the 2019 season.
Looking at what the Brewers might have to give up, we can look to a deal that just went down today for two of Oakland’s relief pitchers.
The A’s sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals as they look to sure up the back end of their bullpen.
In return for the two reliable arms, the A’s landed two of the Nationals top ten prospects in infielder Sheldon Neuse and pitcher Jesus Luzardo.
Also looking at what the Brewers might have to give up in order to land Gray, the Chicago Cubs had to sell the rest of their farm system in order to land former White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana.
Luckily, the Brewers have options. With Orlando Arcia thriving at shortstop in the majors and a surplus of infielders in the minors, players like second baseman Isan Diaz, third baseman Lucas Erceg and shortstop Mauricio Dubon could all be expendable.
There is also a surplus of outfielder talent, as Domingo Santana has flourished this season out in right field. That leaves Ryan Cordell, Brett Phillips and Trent Clark all possible trade chips as well.
The only player who seems completely off of the table would be LHP Josh Hader who has been extremely consistent out of the bullpen for the Crew and also projects to be a starter in the near future.