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Milwaukee Brewers: Grading The Crew’s Trade Deadline

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers watches from the dugout during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 21, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21: Manager Craig Counsell #30 of the Milwaukee Brewers watches from the dugout during the first inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 21, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – MAY 18: Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to third base in the first inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on May 18, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images) /

What They Gave Up

RHP Cody Ponce, 1B Jesus Aguilar, SS Mauricio Dubon

Ponce had been moved to the bullpen in Double-A and needed 40 man roster protection in December for the Rule 5 draft. He likely wasn’t going to get it, so they got something for him, which is fine.

Jesus Aguilar broke out in 2018, was an All-Star, played a huge role in the Crew’s 2018 success, and was beloved by teammates, fans, and all. But he struggled in 2019, with some crazy regression and his value plundered. He lost the starting job and fell into a platoon at first base with Eric Thames. So they get Jake Faria for him, a 26 year old pitcher who could start down the road but can be effective out of the bullpen this year.

Perhaps the Brewers could’ve gotten more for Aguilar, but considering he started as just a waiver claim, all the value he provided the organization was more than they could’ve asked for, and I think it’s still a solid trade.

Trading Mauricio Dubon is something I expected to happen fairly soon. What I didn’t expect is what he got traded for. With Robert Murray reporting a “significant” trade involving Dubon and the Giants, and Murray’s report from a few weeks ago about the Brewers discussing a deal with the Giants involving Dubon and Will Smith, pretty much everyone expected Will Smith to return.

But nope, it’s a different rental reliever, and a much worse one based on this year’s stats so far. Pomeranz is a consolation prize and it remains to be seen if it’s a good one. Getting a rental failed starter/now reliever with poor stats and a 29 year old project who has no command at all is a confusing return for the Crew’s 3rd best prospect.

The Brewers farm system has been ranked among the worst in baseball after Keston Hiura‘s graduation, but how far it’s fallen is surprising. That a top 3 prospect could only get that return is shocking. Trading Dubon makes sense, but the return he got did not.

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