In Milwaukee Brewers rumors, the Crew is deep in talks for Rays starter Chris Archer. According to reports, Milwaukee is among the finalists.
The final offers for Archer were due last night. But that doesn’t mean that the offers can’t change after.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 31, 2018
The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly finalists for Archer along with the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates are surprise contenders this year, riding a hot streak in the month of July to an unexpected buying trade deadline for the Buccos.
Whether the Pirates should or should not deal for Archer isn’t ours to debate. But they’re in third place in the NL Central behind the Brewers and face long odds of making the playoffs. But I digress.
How Likely Is A Chris Archer Deal?
It’s looking more and more likely that the Rays will end up trading Chris Archer by the deadline. Whether it’s to the Brewers or not is unknown. But David Stearns is reportedly being aggressive in talks.
Sources: #Brewers, #Braves, #Pirates all strongly in mix for Archer, with #Dodgers and others potentially lurking. If bidding is indeed as furious as it sounds, the #Rays have played this exactly right, taking it to the last day, trying to extract maximum value.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2018
The Milwaukee Brewers have found themselves in a bidding war for the services of Chris Archer. David Stearns has the prospect package to win it for sure. It’s just a matter of whether or not he’s willing to give up that package.
In order to win this bidding war, Stearns will have to give up one of Keston Hiura, Corbin Burnes, or Freddy Peralta. The Brewers could be creative and try to center a package around Corey Ray or some other prospects with helium over the summer.
This trade will be painful for the prospect fans, should the Brewers make the deal. But the Crew will be Archer for four pennant races. That type of control, with as inexpensive as his contract is, is invaluable to the small market Milwaukee Brewers.
The results of this bidding war will play out over the next few hours. The Brewers are among the most aggressive teams and are looking to get a deal done.