The Milwaukee Brewers are off to a great start to begin the 2023 season. If they continue to perform well they will be positioned to be buyers at the August 1 trade deadline. One area that they continue to struggle in is hitting against left-handed pitchers. This could be an area that they look to improve upon by trading for an impact bat.
As the roster stands today, infielders who are typically in the lineup against left-handed pitchers include Luke Voit, Brian Anderson, Owen Miller, and Mike Brosseau. Luis Urias is another person to not forget about, but he is currently on the 60-day injured list with a hamstring injury. Of these players, Voit has reverse splits and is better off facing right-handed pitchers, Brian Anderson has been streaky offensively, and Owen Miller plus Mike Brosseau have been solid in their opportunities.
If the Brewers want to add an impact bat against left-handed pitchers J.D. Davis from the San Francisco Giants could be someone to target. The 30 year old right-handed third baseman has a career .771 OPS against southpaws. He does traditionally hit right-handed pitchers better, but there is no significant drop off in his splits. This is not the case for some of the Brewers current options against left-handed pitchers.
Trade proposal lands the Milwaukee Brewers J.D. Davis from the San Francisco Giants.
Contract wise, J.D. Davis is making $4.21MM in 2023 and is under club control via arbitration for one more additional season. Having another year of club control does raise his trade value, but the Giants do have some holes in their farm system that could be addressed by acquiring some new prospects.
Milwaukee Brewers receive:
- 3B J.D. Davis
San Francisco Giants receive:
- SS Freddy Zamora
- INF Abraham Toro
This has the Brewers giving up their 21st ranked prospect in Freddy Zamora, who is off to a great start this season. The Giants have two infield prospects in Marco Luciano and Casey Schmidt who are near MLB ready, but neither project as an everyday shortstop to eventually replace an aging Brandon Crawford. Zamora is a true shortstop and with a little more development he could be that guy if he stays healthy.
Switch hitting Abraham Toro is also included in this package. This allows the Giants the ability to slot him in at third base if they desire, but he can play second base and first base as well. Toro is under club control until 2026, so if he finds success in San Francisco he could be an asset for several years.
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