The Milwaukee Brewers have already made two trades ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline. Last week, Milwaukee acquired first baseman Carlos Santana from the Pittsburgh Pirates, and on Monday afternoon they traded for outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha from the New York Mets. Will they be making any more moves?
Mike Heller of iHeart Media on 97.3 The Game in Milwaukee certainly hopes so. On his show yesterday, he and Doug Russell discussed that this might be the year for the Brewers to go, as he puts it, pseudo-all-in. His reasoning? The starting rotation, with Corbin Burnes is good enough to win a World Series.
The Milwaukee Brewers Pitching Staff with Corbin Burnes Can Win a World Series
Heller was joined on his show by Doug Russell, and the two discussed what kind of trades they want to see the Brewers make at the deadline. What follows is a portion of their exchange, which includes a very bold yet promising prediction from Heller regarding the talent level on this Brewers pitching staff:
Heller: “I think that Corbin Burnes, right now, might be the best pitcher in the National League that you can give the ball to as a starting pitcher. I think his last four starts, his last five starts have put him in the capacity. You’ve got him for one run through.
“You’ve got Brandon Woodruff coming back if you get him full after one more rehab start with the Nashville Sounds. He’s had two already with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
“You’ve got probably the best start he’s ever had in Milwaukee ever for Freddy Peralta his last time out. If you can get Wade Miley back, if you can throw those four guys out there and what the Brewers have gotten out of the backend of their bullpen, now is the time to see if you can go pseudo-all-in.”
Russell: “So what has changed your mind?”
Heller: “Because I know that Corbin Burnes is going away. A year ago I would not have done it and given up on Frelick, and Wiemer, and Turang, or Garrett Mitchell. But I know that this year, if the Brewers had dropped out of the race, they would have traded Corbin Burnes today or tomorrow.”
Russell: “Sure. Without a doubt.”
Heller: “But I believe, with that rotation, you can win a World Series. You can win a World Series with this starting pitching and the backend of the bullpen, but you have to go get a bat.”
Russell: “So, are you saying you haven’t changed your mind about going all in?”
Heller: “I haven’t changed my mind because I think the Brewers are a playoff team next year!”
Russell: “Even without Corbin Burnes?”
Heller: “Yes! Because I think they’re going to keep Woodruff.”
The two then discussed how Woodruff’s injury this year, while unfortunate, may have made him more affordable to the Brewers.
Heller also suggested that the Brewers may be willing to trade some of their top prospects for the right bat, even Jacob Misiorowski and Jeferson Quero. His reasoning is that Milwaukee will be able to replenish their farm system with whatever top prospects they get in return for Burnes when they trade him this winter.
For more on this discussion, as well as updates from Green Bay Packers training camp, listen to the full show linked above. Today, Tuesday August 1, Heller will be joined by Wisconsin Badgers head football coach Luke Fickell, so be sure to be on the lookout for that amazing interview.