Brewers Trade Deadline: 3 Trade Ideas To Signal Crew Is “All In” On 2021
By David Gasper
Go big or go home. Although Brewers president of baseball ops David Stearns is typically patient and looking to play the long game, 2021 might be the year to push the Milwaukee Brewers “all in” for a World Series in 2021.
As other outlets and pundits have mentioned, this year might be the year to make this kind of push. Milwaukee has been willing to be patient and take “as many bites at the apple” as they can to try to win the World Series. But it’s also hard not to recognize that this season might present their best shot to win it all.
Right now, the Brewers have their four key pitchers (Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta, Josh Hader) all dominating at the same time. It’s not particularly likely this group will be this dominant for a whole season all at the same time again. All four pitchers are also relatively cheap, but will be getting more expensive next year and even more expensive the year after that.
If the Milwaukee Brewers decide they want to go “all in” on 2021, what trades can they make ahead of the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline to do so?
Brewers “All-in” Trade Idea #1: Trade for Trevor Story
It’s a down year offensively for Trevor Story, even though he plays half his games at Coors Field. He’s hitting just .242 with a .737 OPS and 12 home runs on the season. That’s nothing like the player who hit in the .290s with an OPS over .900 and 30+ homers in each of 2018 and 2019.
Still, just like Christian Yelich, that star offensive player is in there somewhere.
If the Brewers can get both Yelich and Story in the same lineup and back to their All-Star form down the stretch, this lineup instantly becomes electric.
Story is going to be one of the biggest bats on the trade market this July and on the free agent market this offseason. There’s a large numbers of star-level shortstops hitting free agency this winter and Story will get his share of the money that’s sure to be flying around. The Brewers, if they trade for him, likely won’t be the team to pay him that money. This would be more of a CC Sabathia level move where they know going into this that they won’t re-sign the player they bring in.
Whether Story has a similar kind of impact on the Brewers as Sabathia or not, this would be a move that signals the Milwaukee Brewers are all in on 2021 as their World Series year.
The cost to acquire Story might not be enormously high, given that he’s a rental, he’s having a down year so far, and not many contending teams are desperate for a shortstop.
The Brewers have Willy Adames now, but having a player at a certain position hasn’t stopped David Stearns from acquiring someone else who plays that same position before. Story could move around the field, potentially to centerfield, or even third base. Milwaukee could use an offensive jolt at both of those positions.
Story is the biggest name on the hitting market and the Brewers need to boost their lineup. If they make this move, they are all in on 2021 being their World Series year.