I think the move they need to make is for Sonny Gray if they want any chance of making a deep postseason run. The starting rotation they have now just isn’t good enough in a playoff series. Should they win the division, their most likely NLDS matchup will be the Washington Nationals, who have an excellent rotation. If they want to match up against Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez they need Gray at the top of that rotation.
If Counsell sticks Garza or Davies or Guerra in a spot against Strasburg, the Milwaukee Brewers don’t stand much of a chance. The offense will be stymied by the Nationals rotation and if our pitching staff can’t hold up, the series will be over quickly.
Sonny Gray would fit beautifully into this team. He has ace-caliber stuff and has two more years of control. Plus he has a great relationship with Pitching Coach Derek Johnson and former A’s on the roster in Eric Sogard and Stephen Vogt. The only problem would be the cost it would take to acquire him.
Corey Ray will have to be included and probably Luis Ortiz or Brandon Woodruff will have to go to as well. It might take a few more less heralded prospects to finish the package. That’s just the price for an ace in this trade market. It’s going to be a similar package to Jose Quintana. He’s the only ace available, unless you still count Justin Verlander. There’s going to be a lot of teams asking for Gray and the Brewers need to strike before anyone else puts up their best offer.
Whether the Milwaukee Brewers should get Gray or not depends on what they need to give up to get him. Giving up too much will only hurt the future. What do you think it would cost to acquire a guy like Sonny Gray?