Maybe this wasn’t the deadline deal some fans were expecting, but it is a deal none the less. The Milwaukee Brewers traded for RHP Jeremy Jeffress in exchange for AA RHP Tayler Scott.
Jeffress has had two previous stints with the Brewers and each time found clarity in Milwaukee after off the field issues. Jeffress having a strong support system in Milwaukee was a huge reason GM David Stearns and the Brewers pulled the trigger on the deal.
After a stellar year out of the bullpen in 2016 with both the Brewers and Rangers, Jeffress has been much less effective. He has posted a 5.31 ERA and given up eight homeruns after only giving up two all of last season. Jeffress has already walked 19 after only walking 18 all of last season. In short, he hasn’t been the same this season.
In need of a change of scenery perhaps, the Brewers thought it worth a low level prospect to see if Milwaukee can spark him just as it has two times before. The deal is also done in hopes that he can provide even more depth to a bullpen that has been worn down at times and less than reliable at other times.
Another wrinkle in the trade is that it basically means that last season, as Jeffress was apart of the Jonathan Lucroy deal, that the Brewers received Lewis Brinson (their number one prospect), Luis Ortiz (their top pitching prospect) and Ryan Cordell (a prospect flipped for RHP Anthony Swarzek) for Jonathan Lucroy who is no longer on the Rangers after drastically under performing. Not bad, not bad at all.
Overall, this is another classic low-risk, medium reward trade we have all come to know and love under the Stearns regime.