Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse have been big disappointments this season for the Milwaukee Brewers. As key veteran pitchers that the team counted on to contribute this season, they have often not even allowed the Brewers to compete. But even with their struggles, their names will still be among those available and drawing interest this July.
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Recently Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle indicated that while the Houston Astros want Johnny Cueto, they have also shown interest in Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza. Heading toward the deadline the Brewers should trade either one of them to Houston as soon as possible.
By sending either pitcher to the Astros, the Brewers would be sending them a veteran arm that the Astros desperately need. Currently the Astros are led by pitchers like Lance McCullers and Dallas Keuchel, arms who not only have little post season experience, but also little MLB experience. By adding an arm like the Lohse or Garza, they would get a rotation leader who is pennant race and October tested.
Trading a pitcher like Lohse who has an ERA over six and has allowed 19 home runs or a pitcher like Garza who has a hefty amount left on his contract which run through 2017, won’t be easy. While neither of these pitchers will bring a big return from the stacked Astros farm system, trading one of these pitchers is a must.
Getting them off the Brewers’ roster not only will net at least a possible piece for the future, but it will also allow Taylor Jungmann to continue in the rotation after Wily Peralta returns and give an opportunity for a pitcher like Tyler Cravy to also show more of what he can do at the major league level soon.
Both Cravy and Jungmann have nothing left to prove at AAA, so there is no reason for them to not be showing what they can bring from here on out in the major league rotation. The team is going nowhere and it is time to look towards the future. Lohse and Garza will not be part of their next playoff run, so it is time to move them now and see what the future brings.