Milwaukee Brewers trade targets from Miami Marlins: 2B Jazz Chisholm
Welcome to the least likely option of this list, but a fun one to consider nevertheless.
If the Milwaukee Brewers could manage to acquire Jazz Chisholm from the Miami Marlins the question marks for the second baseman of the future would be answered, and for a long time. Chisholm is under team control for this season and 2023 with three years of arbitration eligibility following that, potentially making Chisholm controllable until his age 28 season in 2026, with Luis Urias and Willy Adames, the Brewers would have a very formidable infield.
Jazz Chisholm is currently on the 60 day injured list, further complicating a potential deal, but Chisholm was still recognized as an All-Star in 2022. So far in 60 games played Chisholm is slashing .254/.325/.535 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI. Chisholm is electric on the base paths as well, Jazz has 12 stolen bases in his 60 games played in 2022.
As previously stated, Chisholm would be the hardest to acquire and quite possibly the second least available player to the untouchable Sandy Alcantara. Chisholm is just 24 years of age and would help keep the Milwaukee Brewers playoff window open even longer. It would cost a fortune to acquire, but he would be a huge boost to the lineup.
Milwaukee Brewers trade targets from Miami Marlins: 1B/DH Garrett Cooper
Garrett Cooper is another player the Milwaukee Brewers could look to target from the Miami Marlins, and another one that was drafted by the Brewers previously. Cooper was selected in the sixth round by the Brewers in the 2013 draft. Cooper never appeared in Milwaukee and was traded to the New York Yankees for Tyler Webb, a trade Brewers fans would like to forget.
Cooper is currently on the 10 day injured list but having a good season nevertheless, Cooper is slashing .279/.347/.426, very solid numbers that would rank him first on the Brewers in batting average and on base percentage and fifth in slugging. His .773 OPS would rank second on the team to only Hunter Renfroe.
Garrett Cooper is 31 years old and plays first base when he’s not in the Marlins lineup as a designated hitter, Cooper is on the books for $2.5 million for this season and is arbitration eligible in 2023. While the Brewers are currently good on starting first baseman with Rowdy Tellez who has been one of the Brewers best power hitters, being able to give him a day off against say a left handed pitcher (Cooper is a right handed batter) could be something of interest for the Milwaukee Brewers as it is a role that has been forced on Keston Hiura at times.
While Cooper hasn’t been amazing against left handed pitching, albeit in a small sample size, has a slightly better average than Rowdy Tellez but a lower OPS, making Cooper a tricky platoon with Tellez specifically but still a valuable option to use at designated hitter, a role that Andrew McCutchen has filled often, so picking up Cooper to DH could put McCutchen into the outfield and keep his bat in the lineup.
These five are certainly not the only five players the Brewers could look at acquiring from the Miami Marlins should they truly be in fire sale mode, but five that come to mind right away.