The Milwaukee Brewers have made a trade for shortstop Willy Adames and reliever Trevor Richards from the Tampa Bay Rays today. In return, the Brewers are sending relief pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen to Tampa Bay.
Shortstop Willy Adames has been traded from Tampa Bay to Milwaukee, source tells ESPN. Rays will be getting pitching back.
Door is open for Wander Franco. Or Taylor Walls. Or Vidal Brujan. Rays are loaded at shortstop at the Triple-A level.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 21, 2021
Adames is currently hitting .197 on the season. He also has five home runs and a career .740 OPS. Historically, Adames is a below-average fielder, but his hitting has made up for that over the course of his career. He has a 44.4% hard hit percentage this season with a career .340 batting average on balls in play.
The other player in the trade with the Rays is starting pitcher turned reliever Trevor Richards. Richards has pitched in four seasons in his career, including 2021, and has a career 4.42 ERA with 300 career strikeouts. Richards is a groundball-first pitcher who also strikes out batters at a 22% clip over his career.
J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen are two young bullpen arms going to Tampa Bay in the trade. Feyereisen has had a standout season thus far for Milwaukee. He has a 3.26 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 19.1 innings this season. Rasmussen has yet to pan out at the major league level. He is 0-1 in 15 games this season, but has a 13.2 K/9 ratio.
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