No. 2: The Tyler Thornburg Trade
We’re reaching back a few years for what I believe to be one of the most one-sided trades in recent memory. In late 2016 the Milwaukee Brewers dealt breakout set-up man Tyler Thornburg to the Boston Red Sox for Travis Shaw and prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington.
Unfortunately for Boston, Thornburg has thrown a total of 24 major league innings since the trade, all in 2018. The reliever was initially seen as a stabilizer in the back end of the bullpen but went through shoulder troubles that cost him the entire 2017 season.
If not for those problems, this trade might look a little more fair. Thornburg was coming off an incredible season and showed no signs of slowing down.
The Brewers netted a solid return in their third baseman of the future, Travis Shaw, and a prospect at a position of need in second baseman Mauricio Dubon.
Shaw has blossomed into a top 10 third basemen in the two years he’s been in Milwaukee, ranking 9th since 2017 in the MLB with a WAR of 7.1. He’s also provided solid defense from third base along with great offense. His power (63 home runs the last two seasons) and ability to get on base (.347 OBP) make him a crucial hitter in the middle of the lineup.
In addition to acquiring Travis Shaw, the Brewers also received Dubon, who may factor into a contributing role on the major league roster soon. Dubon has hit well down in the minor leagues while also producing speed on the base paths. He was also providing solid power with a .574 slugging percentage in the 100 plate appearances before injuring his ACL in 2017. He looks to return to full strength for spring training in 2018 and, if he can return to his past production, may compete to fill in at a vacant second base position for a postseason run.