The Milwaukee Brewers are near the top of the NL Central standings as we sit here in early May. It’s not too early to start looking ahead to potential July trade deadline acquisitions.
If you ask most Milwaukee Brewers fans, they would say there’s no shortage of needs to address with this team. To get to the promised land of the World Series, there are a couple additions that need to be made.
Even though it’s only May, some of those team needs are becoming obvious with more than two months to go until the deadline.
Arguably the most pressing need for this team will be in the bullpen. With Corey Knebel out for the season, the Brewers have lost one of their high-leverage relievers. No one else has really been able to step up into that role for the team, and it’s something that needs to be addressed if the Crew is going to continue to rely on that bullpen for their success.
Now the easy answer for a lot of people would be to just sign Craig Kimbrel, and while that does make sense, for the purposes of this article, we’ll look strictly at trade candidates.
There’s a number of trade candidates out there who are on bad teams but pitching in late-game situations. They would make a lot of sense to acquire.
Also, the bench could be another area the Milwaukee Brewers address during July, as is the case with most contending teams.
Without the August waiver trade period, all these acquisitions must be made before the July deadline, making the bench acquisitions similar to Curtis Granderson and Gio Gonzalez last year, moves that need to be made earlier.
Here are three potential candidates for the Milwaukee Brewers to acquire this July.