Milwaukee Brewers: 2017 MLB Trade Deadline Preview

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 04: Keon Broxton
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 04: Keon Broxton /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – JULY 05: Matt Garza /

Players That Could Get Traded Away

Frankly, it’s unlikely that the Brewers sell at the deadline given where they are in the standings. But we must prepare for every potential scenario. The Milwaukee Brewers would need to fall off a cliff in the next few weeks for the team to sell. The way they’re playing right now doesn’t lead anyone to anticipate that sort of decline.

The Brewers do possess some moveable assets that could garner a decent return package.

Garza just had his best start of the season against the Orioles on Wednesday night, going 6 1/3 shutout innings. Garza has suffered through some mediocre seasons in the past, but is stepping it up in the final year of his contract.

His 4.36 ERA isn’t eye-popping, but fans can tell he’s been better this season. If he can string together a couple quality starts, he could garner a decent return package while dumping what’s left of his contract.

Garza is the second-highest paid player on the team, but they won’t get a return similar to that of Will Smith or Khris Davis. They’d be lucky to get a Top 30 prospect in return for him, but don’t hold your breath.

As much as we all love this guy, he’s overachieved this year. He’s a career .248 hitter. His BABIP this year is a ridiculous .372 and that’s a sign that this success won’t last. He has four hits in his last 24 at-bats. The regression may have already begun.

He’s suffering from a sore ankle of late and it may have impacted his performance on the field. The Milwaukee Brewers would be wise to sell high on Sogard if they fall out of contention quickly.

If David Stearns can take Eric Sogard and turn him into a Top 30 prospect or two, that’s a huge win for Stearns. That’s the epitome of making something out of nothing.

Broxton is as hot-and-cold of a hitter you will ever find. He had a terrible cold streak earlier in the year, leading the Brewers to call up Brinson. The addition of the Brewers’ top prospect lit a fire under Broxton and he’s played well ever since.

But Milwaukee will likely want more consistency from their center fielder and that could lead them to make a change. Trading Broxton would clear room for Lewis Brinson, who is much better defensively and is much more consistent at the plate. Meanwhile, Broxton leads the NL in strikeouts

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The Deadline is on July 31st, at 4 PM, Eastern Time. It’s going to be an exciting deadline for baseball fans, but the Milwaukee Brewers may not do much. David Stearns may surprise, but he’s more likely to make waiver claims and prospect promotions to improve this team.