Believe it or not, the 2020 MLB Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away. Who should the Brewers target in trade talks?
It seems kind of ridiculous to be talking about the trade deadline and who the Brewers should acquire when we’re only 20 games into the season. In a normal year, 20 games would get us to near the end of April, and that’s way too early for thoughts about a July trade deadline.
But in the strange 2020 season, this is exactly the situation we find ourselves in.
One week, the Brewers looked like sellers, and the next week the Brewers look like buyers. It’s too early to completely judge the performances of players like Omar Narvaez and Justin Smoak, but with less than two weeks to the deadline, it’s the Crew’s only chance to improve their roster heading into September and the postseason.
So how does one balance the desire to improve the roster with the knowledge that the rest of the season is not fully guaranteed and you’re getting a player for a shorter number of games than usual? That’s the task of Brewers GM David Stearns and his staff.
Keep in mind, teams can only trade players that are currently in their 60 man player pools, so the depth of prospects is limited. Throwing in a random reliever from High-A to get a deal done won’t be possible unless that reliever is already on the 60 man.
Stearns has commented that he’d be willing to make some moves at the deadline and give up some prospects to do so. It’s unknown exactly how far he’d be willing to go or how far other GMs are willing to go in trades this year. It’s an unprecedented time for all of them. The amount of blockbusters will probably be down, but deals will still be made.
The question is, do the Brewers really need to grab extra bench guys in smaller deals? It seems like the need is more for an impact player that plays just about everyday.
The Brewers have a very deep roster with some guys that have been underperforming. Do they simply try to ride it out with the guys they have or bring in someone else to help? If they look for help, here are a few possible targets.