The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals were recently paired together in a trade proposal article from Dan Szymborski of Fangraphs. In his proposal he provided the Brew Crew with third baseman Jeimer Candelario in exchange for two top 30 prospects. Let’s take a further look into his proposed trade.
Trade proposal lands Milwaukee Brewers Jeimer Candelario from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Robert Moore and Freddy Zamora.
In this proposed trade the Brew Crew received an offensive upgrade at third base for two months. Jeimer Candelario is a switch hitter who has a 125 OPS+ this season with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s. The cost to acquire this rental player was eighth ranked prospect Robert Moore and 20th ranked prospect Freddy Zamora.
Here’ Dan Szymborski’s thoughts on his trade proposal.
I can’t imagine that the Brewers will stand completely pat given their precarious lead in the NL Central, but I suspect they aren’t in the mix for the best players available at the deadline. The team is 13th in the NL in runs scored, so they need to add offense fast, and Candelario’s a solid bat to plug into the middle of the order for two months.
Third base has been one of the lineup’s (many) weak spots. Brian Anderson has been fairly mediocre this season and is currently on the injured list, while Luis Urías, previously one of the team’s unsung heroes, missed time with an injury to start the season and then played such bad baseball upon his return that he ended up back in Triple-A. Urías has hit better of late in the minors, but I don’t think the Brewers should be putting all their eggs in that basket with such little time left to find another plan. Plus, even if Urías storms back to the majors, the Brew Crew have been awful at first base and designated hitter, too.
To me Jeimer Candelario is a real trade target that the Brewers should consider. They just added Carlos Santana at first base and gave up an 18 year old prospect in return. I will say the idea of giving the Washington Nationals two top 30 prospects for a rental player seems a bit steep.
Altering this trade proposal to include just one top 30 prospect and then a younger/more unproven player would be a more ideal scenario. Jeimer Candelario will be highly coveted by a lot of teams, so it’s possible that his asking price may actually be quite high, but only time will tell for sure.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Jeimer Candelario is of Dominican nationality. He was born in New York City but relocated to the Dominican Republic when he was five years old.
Robert Moore currently plays for the Milwaukee Brewers after being chosen as the 72nd overall pick in the 2022 MLB draft. The Brewers selected him for his professional career in Major League Baseball.
The Cubs traded Jeimer Candelario to Detroit in July 2017. He then played six seasons with the Tigers before joining Washington on a one-year deal in November 2022.