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Milwaukee Brewers: Other Reliever Trade Options

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JULY 15: Relief pitcher Ian Kennedy #31 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on July 15, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JULY 15: Relief pitcher Ian Kennedy #31 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on July 15, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /
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In the next of our series previewing the MLB Trade Deadline, we take a look at what other relievers may be available for the Milwaukee Brewers to target in trades.

Relief pitching has been a problem for the Milwaukee Brewers this season.

After having what was arguably the league’s best bullpen last season, the Brewers pen this season has regressed to the middle-of-the-pack.

Milwaukee will need to bolster their pen ahead of the MLB Trade Deadline if they want to put themselves in a position to seriously contend for a World Series this season. There could be several enticing options on the market for them to explore.

In this article, we’ll take a look at what second and third tier options are likely to be available on the market this summer, or what we characterize as solid options or depth.

Solid options, as I explained in my article earlier this week when discussing the second-tier of the starting pitching market, are guys who aren’t impact, potentially franchise changing talents on their own, but can provide substantial value to the team, especially in the short term.

Depth options, which we haven’t previously discussed until now, are players who can help round out the team, but are unlikely to make more than a marginal impact. They can still provide value, though, by being decent options at the back of a pitching staff or the bench (hence the depth label).

If you want to see who the top-tier options are on the market, we took a look at the starting pitching market here, the relief market here, and the position player market here. We also went into the second-tier of the starting pitching market here, and will go into the second/third tier of the position player market, and the third tier of the starting pitching market in the days ahead. I’ve decided to trim those who are unlikely to move from these articles since the standings are beginning to show much more clarity on who’s likely to be a seller.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at what second and third tier relievers are likely to be available on the trade market!

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