The Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins are geographic neighbors but are in separate Major League Baseball conferences. This is important because it makes trading with one another more of a possibility than opposed to dealing with other Midwest teams within their respective divisions.
This offseason the Twins have indicated that they wanted to decrease payroll. In order to accomplish that one player that has been mentioned in several trade rumors is Jorge Polanco. He has a $10.5 million salary for the 2024 season and a $12.0 million club option in 2025 with a 750k buyout.
Here we will take a look at a trade proposal that could send Jorge Polanco across state lines.
Milwaukee Brewers-Minnesota Wins trade proposal revolving around Jorge Polanco.
This trade proposal sends a potential All-Star caliber switch hitting infielder to Milwaukee in exchange for a promising outfielder and the Brewers 16th ranked pitching prospect. Additionally it frees up a spot for Jackson Chourio by removing a right-handed bat from the Brewers crowded outfield.
- INF/DH Jorge Polanco
- OF Joey Wiemer
- RHP Bradley Blalock
If this deal were to happen Milwaukee could strongly consider utilizing Jorge Polanco as their primary designated hitter. He has the ability to play second and third base defensively, but the 30 year old comes with a recent injury history in which he appeared in just 80 games in 2023 and 104 in 2022. Maintaining his health while getting his bat in the lineup should be a priority if they are going to swing a trade in order to acquire him.
Offensively Jorge Polanco would instantly slot in as a top of the order hitter for the Brewers. He has 30 home run potential while also maintaining a good batting average in which over his career he is hitting .269. The Brewers offense seemed to click last year after adding in a pair of veteran bats at the trade deadline, so making a similar move this winter makes sense.
For the Twins they get control over a young right-handed outfielder in Joey Wiemer who has two more years of pre-arbitration salary remaining. He has a ton of raw power, can play all three outfield positions, but was not very consistent at the plate during his first big league season. This creates some risk in acquiring him, but there is optimism that year two in the show could be a different story.
Bradley Blalock, who the Brewers acquired in the Luis Urias trade last summer, was also added in this deal because of Joey Wiemer’s offensive uncertainties. Blalock was added to the 40-man roster this off-season in order to be protected from the Rule-5 draft. 2023 was his first season post Tommy John and he has a ceiling of a middle of the rotation starting pitcher.
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