The 2021 Trade Deadline is rapidly approaching. With the deadline on July 30th this year, there’s just about two months until all the trades have to be made. A lot can change between now and then, but there are a few players Brewers fans can already rule out.
David Stearns clearly hasn’t been willing to wait until July to make his in-season trades this year. He’s already completed four trades in the first two months of the season. He traded away Orlando Arcia for some pitching, traded cash to the Mariners to get Jacob Nottingham back, acquired Willy Adames in exchange for some pitching, and just recently sent Billy McKinney to the Mets for a lotto ticket.
With so many transactions in the books so far, that can help us rule some things out for what might happen as we get closer to the actual trade deadline.
Brewers fans can already rule out an acquisition of these three players at the July trade deadline:
1. Trevor Story, SS, Rockies
Perhaps the most popular Brewers trade target among fans is Trevor Story, and with good reason. Story is a star shortstop that is stuck on a bad team in Colorado and is a virtual certainty to be dealt this summer.
He’s a rental player, scheduled to hit free agency this offseason. That means the prospect acquisition cost will be lower, which is great because the Brewers farm system isn’t that strong. He would provide a massive boost to this offense that is in desperate need of one. He can provide power, hit for average, and bring speed to the basepaths while also bringing solid defense.
With the Brewers struggles to get offensive production from shortstop, Story would’ve made perfect sense as an acquisition.
If the Brewers got to July and they determined that Luis Urias wasn’t getting the job done well enough at shortstop, they could make the move to get Story to boost this season, while giving Urias the chance to reset for 2022.
The Brewers already made the determination that Urias wasn’t getting the job done and decided to make a trade, adding Willy Adames instead. Adames is under team control for three more seasons beyond 2021. He brings strong defense and should bring better offense than what the Brewers have had so far.
While Stearns moved on from Urias after just six weeks, he’s unlikely to do the same with Adames. The Brewers, in their mind, have addressed their shortstop problem and are unlikely to make another big time acquisition this year.
That rules out Trevor Story going to the Milwaukee Brewers this summer.