The Milwaukee Brewers have made a lot of additions and subtractions via trade since Matt Arnold took over last fall. Players like William Contreras, Joel Payamps, Elvis Peguero, Janson Junk, Jake Bauers, and Oliver Dunn have all been acquired via trade and are locked up for multiple years. Contrary to that guys like Luis Urias, Adrian Houser, and Tyrone Taylor have all left the club through trade.
This off-season the Brewers have again been more active in the trade front as opposed to signing free agents. They have done this despite retaining two of their biggest trade chips in Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames. Currently it sounds like the plan is to enter the 2024 season with them on the roster, but this doesn’t mean that they won’t be traded mid-season.
Three players may allow the Milwaukee Brewers to control the trade market this summer.
Each year it seems like a few teams dictate the trade market and get good value in return when trading away some of their most talented players. In 2021 the Chicago Cubs sold their core of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo. Last year the New York Mets traded away Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, David Robertson, Mark Canha, Tommy Pham, and Dominic Leone and re-stocked their farm system.
Looking ahead to 2024 there is a possibility that the Milwaukee Brewers will become the team that “takes control of the trade market”. MLB Insider Robert Murray mentioned this on his recent podcast in which he indicated that if they are out of contention at the deadline that three players would help them own the market.
The three players that Murray mentioned were: starting pitcher Corbin Burnes, shortstop Willy Adames, and reliever Devin Williams. Burnes and Adames are both entering their final year of team control whereas Williams has two arbitration years left.
There is no denying that the trio of players mentioned would all result in a massive haul for the Brewers. By holding onto them now they give themselves the best shot at winning in 2024 while also having an exit strategy should the team struggle. The biggest risk is that if one gets injured then they may not be trade-able next summer.
Robert Murray’s full thoughts regarding how the Brewers can own the trade market next summer can be found by clicking on the video below.
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Frequently Asked Questions
William Contreras has signed a six-year contract with the Brewers, valued at $78 million. This strategic signing is considered a significant achievement for the team, bringing long-term benefits and a solid commitment from the player.
Willy Adames' future with the Brewers is uncertain as he approaches his final year of arbitration before free agency in 2024. The Brewers may opt to retain him through the season or consider a trade. His performance and the team's direction will likely influence this decision.
Willy Adames earns a significant income from his baseball career. As of the 2022-2023 period, his annual salary reached 13.3 million. His career earnings total an estimated 15.34 million, inclusive of salaries and bonuses. This reflects Adames's value as a prominent shortstop in the MLB.