Injuries to the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation have left them thin at the position. Brandon Woodruff is out until late June, Aaron Ashby may potentially return late in the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, and Wade Miley was recently placed on the injured list.
Given this situation Milwaukee may be forced to add an external starting pitcher mid-season. One team they could look to turn to is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are currently competing in a tough National League West division and need a lot to go right in order to make the playoffs. One player who has been excelling this year and that they could use as trade bait would be starting pitcher Alex Cobb.
Through nine starts this year 35 year old veteran Alex Cobb has a 1.94 ERA and a ground ball rate of 62.4%. His 2023 salary is $9MM and he has a $10MM 2024 club option. Between his style of pitching and contract situation he is an intriguing trade target for the Brewers to consider.
Trade proposal lands the Milwaukee Brewers Alex Cobb from the San Francisco Giants.
Milwaukee Brewers receive:
- RHP Alex Cobb
San Francisco Giants receive:
- SS Eric Brown Jr
- LHP Russell Smith
This trade could be a win for everyone. Milwaukee gets immediate starting pitching help and the Giants get a potential shortstop replacement for an aging Brandon Crawford while also taking a flier on a tall and lengthy left-handed starting pitching prospect. The Giants have two infield prospects in Marco Luciano and Casey Schmidt who are near MLB ready, but neither project as an everyday shortstop like Brown does. He is an experienced college bat who was selected in the first round last year and could progress through the minor leagues quickly.
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Typical Brewers management! Always going the cheap route!