The Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics were recently paired together in a trade proposal from an article by Jim Bowden at The Athletic (subscription required). In his trade proposal he swapped a pair of MLB ready prospects from each team.
To clarify his article was a list of trades that he would like to see happen and there have been no reports or indications that either side is interested or pursuing his proposal.
Milwaukee Brewers-Oakland Athletics trade proposal exchanges outfielder Garrett Mitchell for first baseman Tyler Sonderstrom.
Both Garrett Mitchell and Tyler Sonderstrom are first round draft selections from the 2020 MLB draft. The Brewers took Mitchell 20th overall and the Athletics Sonderstrom at 26th. Could a straight exchange of these two prospects make sense? Here is Jim Bowden’s explanation behind his trade proposal.
Brewers need a long-term solution at first base, preferably a left-handed hitter with 20- to 30-home run power, and Soderstom, a first-round pick in 2020, would be the perfect fit. Last year in the minors, the 21-year-old slashed .267/.324/.501 with 21 doubles, 29 home runs and 105 RBIs across three different levels. This year, he had already hit 20 home runs at Triple A when the A’s summoned him to the major leagues after the All-Star break.
In return, the A’s would get Mitchell, who is another first-rounder from the 2020 draft. The 24-year-old outfielder is on the injured list and working his way back after undergoing shoulder surgery in May. He is extremely athletic and can beat you with his speed, defense and range. But the Brewers could contemplate moving Mitchell because they also have outfielder Jackson Chourio, one of the game’s top prospects, on the way, and their outfield is currently set with Christian Yelich in left, Joey Wiemer in center and Sal Frelick in right.
Last off-season the Brewers sent Esteury Ruiz to Oakland. A shoulder injury has kept Ruiz sidelined since early July, but the speedster was the league’s stolen base leader for quite some time. It would be a bit out of the ordinary to see Oakland accept a second deal involving an outfielder from Milwaukee, especially when they know Mitchell is unlikely to play this season after recovering from shoulder surgery.
For Milwaukee it does make some sense to trade from a prospect area of strength in order to address an area that they have struggled in at the MLB level this year. Additionally Sonderstrom could be the answer for years to come and could make an impact this season because Rowdy Tellez has struggled.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Garrett Mitchell suffered a shoulder injury and will undergo surgery. The Brewers' starting centerfielder tore his labrum, potentially ending his season. He subluxed his shoulder during a game against the Mariners and the team's medical staff recommended surgery.
Garrett Mitchell's salary for the 2023 season is $724,300. He will earn a base salary and carry a total salary of the same amount.
Tyler Soderstrom has played both catcher and first base, and in his 69 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, he has recorded a .254 batting average, .303 on-base percentage, and .536 slugging percentage. Soderstrom has hit 15 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs, driven in 59 runs, and scored 45 runs.