With little happening so far in the MLB off season, rumors are still flying about on key players. While it is slow, there is a connection to the Milwaukee Brewers in the latest rumor mill.
Henry Schulman covers the Giants for the San Francisco Chronicle and he’s heard the Milwaukee Brewers are still interested in dealing Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana. This isn’t earth-shattering news. We’ve known these two have been on the market for some time. But the intriguing aspect is the source.
Schulman covers the San Francisco Giants and has inside info on the team. So, if he heard this, that likely means the Giants are talking with the Milwaukee Brewers about a deal involving Broxton or Santana.
This doesn’t mean a deal is actually close. But it does mean that there are still teams looking at both of these outfielders, even with their issues. Judging by the Giants fans’ responses, they would be happy with Broxton despite his high strikeout rate. Santana would be great for them as well, but as Schulman notes, it would take a ton to get him. The Giants don’t seem to have the resources to acquire Santana.
What could a deal look like?
Are there bigger implications for this deal?
If we want to put this tweet under a microscope, it could mean that the Milwaukee Brewers are interested in dealing Broxton and Santana before Opening Day. That might be dissecting this rumor too much, but it’s not an impossible scenario. If Broxton and Santana are both traded, that would clear the way for Brett Phillips and Lewis Brinson to start. Phillips takes Santana’s spot in right while Brinson takes over center. It could happen.
However, that’s not a probable scenario. One of the two being moved is the most likely course of action. Broxton is the best bet to be wearing a different uniform on Opening Day over Santana. And the Giants match up well in a deal for Broxton. As long as there’s interest on both sides, there’s a path to a deal.
If the Milwaukee Brewers deal Santana, they need an ace in return. With the high price set on him and the needs of this roster, it’s the only path to a deal. The Giants won’t move Madison Bumgarner for Santana, so they are likely out. Unless they can conjure up a three team deal, Broxton looks to be the guy.