The 2022 Trade Deadline is coming up fast. The Milwaukee Brewers are clear buyers and will be adding players to the roster. But that means some players will have to be subtracted.
Even coming out hot out of the All Star Break, this Brewers roster needs some tweaking and some positions need to be upgraded and players need to be replaced for this team to reach it’s full potential.
Here are three Brewers players who should be off the roster after the 2022 Trade Deadline is done.
1. Pedro Severino
According to FanSided’s Robert Murray, the Brewers are looking to trade Pedro Severino. They’ve been operating with three catchers for practically all of July and Severino simply hasn’t gotten much playing time. They cannot continue to operate with three catchers.
The Brewers love Omar Narvaez and Victor Caratini, both of whom mesh well with the pitching staff and have been hitting well at the plate. Plus both of them are eligible for the postseason while Severino is not.
Milwaukee may be trying to showcase Severino to use him as a trade piece during the Deadline, but even if they can’t find a willing partner to acquire him, he simply shouldn’t be on the roster after the Deadline passes. The two backup catchers is hurting their bench and they cannot operate with it for much longer.
2. Jonathan Davis
While Jonathan Davis has been providing excellent centerfield defense since his arrival, the offensive production simply isn’t there. He has a .623 OPS and the Brewers are going to be looking for upgrades in the outfield, centerfield specifically.
Once the Brewers acquire that centerfielder, it’s likely that Jonathan Davis will be sent off the roster. He is out of minor league options so he’d have to go through waivers. Although there’s a small chance they could keep him as a fifth outfielder and late inning defensive replacement or pinch runner.
The Brewers never really planned on Davis being a big contributor on the big league club this year but he’s been called upon out of necessity. When another acquisition enters the picture, it’s likely Davis gets pushed out.
3. Peter Strzelecki
It’s nothing against Strzelecki or his performance, really. He’s simply the last man in the bullpen. The Brewers are likely to acquire at least one bullpen arm at the Trade Deadline and are close to getting Jake Cousins and Justin Topa back from injury.
When those two pitchers return or when another bullpen arm is acquired, who goes down? The last guy in the pen, which is Strzelecki.
He’s bounced up and down throughout the season, but when the reinforcements arrive, he’s going to be back down in Triple-A Nashville. Strzelecki is a low leverage middle relief arm that doesn’t have the big league experience yet to be trusted to step into those big situations if need be. Of course, it’s difficult for him to get that experience if he won’t be given the opportunity, but still the Brewers need to go to guys they trust in the bullpen in big spots and Strzelecki just simply isn’t there right now.
By the time we get to the game on August 3rd, Strzelecki is likely to be off the Brewers active roster, as are Davis and Severino.
We’re just under a week away from the Deadline. Things are about to get crazy.