The Milwaukee Brewers have been listed as a potential landing spot for Manny Machado.
This is a little early for deadline deal rumors, but here we are. David Schoenfield of ESPN says that the Milwaukee Brewers make sense as a potential trade fit. It is never a bad thing to get a perennial All-Star, but it come with a hefty price tag.
When the season started, the main questions were about pitching. However, the rotation has actually been fairly strong overall. There is a long time until any deal would be made, so there is a lot that can still happen.
We ran a poll on our Twitter account that did not point towards a Machado being a good idea.
The main issue with a deal for Manny Machado is that he is rental. He will be hitting free agency at the end of the year, so paying a huge price tag is not a smart idea. That is, unless there is some guarantee he signs with Milwaukee after the season. If the name Corbin Burnes even comes up, David Stearns should hang up the phone.
However, with names like Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, and Luis Ortiz, a deal might be possible. That is, of course, assuming the price is a pitching prospect.
Stearns is a very smart tactician. If he makes a move, it is something to believe in. But with high caliber rentals, there is fine line between paying enough and too much. Ortiz might be a decent option to deal because of his struggles in recent years. That being said there is a lot of potential there that is hard to part from.
How Would Machado Fit?
This is an issue in that Machado plays third base and shortstop. Travis Shaw and Orlando Arcia are not exactly expendable pieces. It is likely that Arcia could move to second base. That would not be terrible, it gives Keston Hiura another year to mature. But it does block Mauricio Dubon who was on a 23 game hit streak prior to an injury.
It would give the lineup another great bat. Lorenzo Cain, Christian Yelich, and Machado, among the Milwaukee Brewers hitters from last year, completely change the face of the 2017 lineup. If the pitching keeps up, that is a scary good team.
Will It Happen?
Probably not. The price tag will likely be too high for a team that is still looking to the future. Giving up prospects would not exactly be ideal. Even if it does mean Manny Machado. It is more of a pipe dream at this point, but anything is possible.
Machado is a great hitter and an elite fielder. Him in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform is a nice thought. But there is little chance he will return when the season is over. He will be demanding too high of a contract. We will see what happens.