The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just two days away. The Milwaukee Brewers are rumored to be in the market for a big bat, starting pitcher, and relief pitcher. Recently, Sarah Langs of MLB.com shared a trade proposal she think should happen, but won’t. This trade would cost the Brewers a great deal, but would land them the big bat that they reportedly want.
Details of the Proposed Trade Between the Brewers and Red Sox
Red Sox Receive:
- Luis Urias
- Joey Wiemer
- Russell Smith
- Taylor Floyd
- Rafael Devers
Evaluating the Trade
When I plugged in the trade values for each player on Baseball Trade Values, the trade was deemed to be a fair for both sides. Let’s start by taking a look at how it would benefit each team.
How the Trade Would Help the Brewers
Rafael Devers is currently hitting .324/.379/.602 with 22 home runs and 55 RBI. He has been an All-Star third baseman in each of the past two seasons and was awarded the Silver Slugger last season. The Brewers certainly could use a hitter of that caliber. Better yet, he is under club control for next season as well, so he would not be such a short-term rental.
How the Trade Would Help the Red Sox
While Luis Urias is not the hitter that Devers is, he can step in and play third base for the Red Sox. As Boston has fallen out of contention, they are selling at the deadline. A young star like Devers can fetch more in a trade than an older hitter like JD Martinez. Joey Wiemer is the Brewers’ number three overall prospect and is ranked in MLB’s top 100 prospects.
Would the Brewers Make This Trade?
On the one hand, the Brewers have a plethora of stud outfielders in their minor league system. Even if Wiemer were traded, they would still have Jackson Chourio, Sal Frelick, and Garrett Mitchell. It is easy to see the Brewers trading Wiemer for the right price.
The question is: is a one-and-a-half-year rental the right price? Luis Urias has had his struggles, but has more years of club control. Additionally, Urias is a vital component of the team’s chemistry. I feel that trading him away, even for a bat like Devers’, would be detrimental in the long-run.
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