The Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox completed a deal with one minute to go before the trade deadline on August 1. This trade sent infielder Luis Urias to Boston in exchange for minor league pitcher Bradley Blalock.
From the Brewers perspective they likely traded Luis Urias at the deadline knowing that he was going to be a potential non-tender candidate this offseason. Rather than lose him and get nothing in return they shipped him to Boston and got a pitching prospect.
On the surface this seems like a great move by Matt Arnold, especially if he didn’t have future plans for Urias after this season. However there is one potentially dangerous aspect to keep in mind regarding the acquisition of Bradley Blalock.
Newest Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Bradley Blalock will be Rule-5 draft eligible this offseason.
After the trade was announced Matt Arnold spoke on Bradley Blalock and how he was impressed with his power curveball and that his heater sits in the 92-95 MPH range. He also went on to say that he immediately slots in as one of the better pitching prospects in Milwaukee’s system.
The potentially unfortunate part is that he will be Rule-5 draft eligible this offseason. This means that if the Brewers do not add him to the 40-man roster before a date not yet established but that is typically in November, he could be selected by any team during the Rule-5 draft.
It may be a long shot that he is selected in the Rule-5 draft, but clearly Matt Arnold and his scouting department saw traits that they liked in Bradley Blalock. This means other teams may have similar thoughts. It will be interesting to see if the Brewers end up protecting him or leaving him exposed to the Rule-5 draft this offseason.
For the latest on the Milwaukee Brewers’ trade involving Luis Urias and Bradley Blalock, check out our Trade Rumors Milwaukee Brewers.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The Brewers traded for Luis Urias from the Milwaukee Brewers infielder in a swap that involved sending minor league right-handed starter Bradley Blalock.
The Brewers acquired Luis Urias from the San Diego Padres during the 2019-2020 offseason. Since then, he had a standout season in 2021 with 23 home runs and 75 RBI's, but has not been able to maintain that level of success.
Luis Urías has played for the San Diego Padres and the Milwaukee Brewers. He began his career with the Padres in 2018 and was traded to the Brewers in 2019. As a talented infielder, Urías has showcased his skills on both teams, making significant contributions to their lineups.