Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported Tuesday that the Miami Marlins’ new stance on the trade deadline was to listen to offers on “everyone not named Alcantara.” With the MLB trade deadline just a week away, no team should be off the table for the Milwaukee Brewers to call and look for reinforcements to help bolster the Brewers for another potential postseason run.
The Brewers have some assets in the minor leagues they could look to deal in an attempt to upgrade the major league roster. Let’s look at five players the Brewers could call the Marlins and find out the price tag on.
Milwaukee Brewers trade targets from Miami Marlins: RHP Pablo Lopez
Pablo Lopez is the first player the Milwaukee Brewers could make a call about, a starting pitcher. While the Brewers may be getting Adrian Houser and Freddy Peralta back soon, the Brewers could be motivated to grab another starter if they are worried about the health of one of the two or to maybe take the place in the rotation of Adrian Houser in 2023 and beyond.
Lopez is eligible for arbitration in 2023 and 2024, his age 27 and 28 seasons. If the Brewers were to make a move for Lopez they could either roll with a six man rotation as Craig Counsell has been known to do or move Houser to the bullpen for the postseason. The other option is to move Adrian Houser at the deadline should another team be looking for a starting pitcher.
Pablo Lopez would be a great fit with the rest of the Milwaukee Brewers pitching staff, currently sporting a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts, spanning 109.0 innings. Lopez has a fantastic 1.092 WHIP which would be second in the Brewers starting rotation to only Corbin Burnes. Lopez is currently sitting on 107 strikeouts, which would also rank second on the team to only Burnes.
Pablo Lopez is a guy that generates a lot of swing and misses to opposing batters, Lopez is in the 88th percentile of pitchers in chase rate and 78th percentile in whiff rate. Lopez does his work with a fastball changeup combo, similar to the way Devin Williams works. While getting a player of Lopez’s caliber may not be a pressing need, if he’s available and the opportunity is there to get him, he’s a guy you’d love to have on your staff.