The Milwaukee Brewers have been linked to several players within the Texas Rangers organization as the trade deadline approaches.
With arguably the best top three starters in any rotation in the majors, adding another solid starting pitcher would make their rotation elite. The latest has the team as potential favorites for starting pitcher Kyle Gibson
Gibson has been a name linked to the team for quite some time now. He made the All-Star team this year and would not be a trade deadline rental.
SP Kyle Gibson joining Milwaukee would give the Brewers one of the best rotations in baseball and a huge pickup to help secure the NL Central.
The 33-year-old has a record of 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA over 19 games. After starting out the season on fire with a record 6-0 from April through June, he has somewhat come back down to earth. Over the last seven games, he has a record of 2-3 and ERA of 4.14 with 19 earned runs.
Two out of those three losses have come to back-to-back starts against the Detroit Tigers. In his first start against the Kansas City Royals, he gave up five earned runs after only recording one out. His last start was also against a very good Houston Astros team. His pitching has been a lot better than what his current numbers show.
If the Brewers were to acquire Gibson, he would not be a rental either. He has one more year left on his contract and would earn $7MM in 2022. Gibson would most likely become the fourth starter for the Brewers behind Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta.
Brett Anderson would probably remain the fifth starter for now, with Adrian Houser and Eric Lauer used as middle inning relief or replacement starter as needed.
There is also the possibility of the Brewers receiving multiple players from the Rangers. Joey Gallo is a power hitter who can play in the outfield, but also has plenty of games under his belt over at first and third base. The Brewers will probably also be looking for a corner infielder before the trade deadline.
It’s also been reported that the Crew is looking to add multiple bullpen arms as well. The Rangers have multiple candidates in that area as well. Relievers like Ian Kennedy or Joely Rodriguez would be great additions to the Brewers bullpen. If Gibson wouldn’t be available, Jordan Lyles could even make his third return to Milwaukee.
Obviously, the price for Gibson or a package of multiple players would come at a high price. You would most likely lost an active roster player, along multiple top prospects. Players like Brice Turang (No. 2), Ethan Small (No. 4), Aaron Ashby (No. 7) and Tristen Lutz (No.12) could all be in play.
The downside is that if Gibson’s downward trend continues, Milwaukee would have another high-paid pitcher on their roster that might not be in their rotation. The upside is you would immediately have four of this year’s All-Stars in your current starting rotation.