We are another day closer to the August 2nd MLB trade deadline, which means trade rumors are starting to heat up. I believe there will be a few players that may be on the market that would not break the bank for the Brewers but could be valuable enough to take the Crew over the hump. First, let’s look at why I chose these players specifically.
Brewers Righty/Lefty Splits This Season:
The Brewers have excelled at hitting right-handed pitching this season. They rank 4th in MLB in OPS and wOBA against righties, and 7th in WRC+. The same story cannot be said against left-handed pitching. They rank 25th in the league against LHPs in OPS, WRC+, and wOBA.
Simply put, the Brewers struggle to hit lefties. Luckily for the Brewers, there are a few players that may be available at the deadline that could help fill that hole.
Reviewing The Brew took a deeper dive into the potential trade for Boston’s J.D. Martinez earlier this week, so check that out if you haven’t already. But that is a trade that could cost the Brewers a bit to complete.
Here are four more affordable players the Brewers could target at the 2022 MLB trade deadline.
Affordable Brewers Trade Deadline Target #1: OF Robbie Grossman
Up first is Robbie Grossman, a 32-year-old outfielder for the Detroit Tigers. On the surface, Grossman’s numbers don’t fly off the page. He is slashing just .202/.308/.274 on the year and has an OPS+ of 70. However, I still find him to be an interesting trade piece for his ability to play anywhere in the outfield and for his splits against left-handed pitchers.
Against lefties, Grossman has a wRC+ of 183 which is good for third in the entire league among batters with at least 90 plate appearances. He has an OPS of .980 and a wOBA of .428 against them as well.
Being a career .246 hitter, I think it would be a solid buy low opportunity on Grossman. Coupling his overall lackluster numbers on the year with him being a rental opportunity, it would not take much for him to become a Brewer and I think it’s worth the look. He is sneakily among the league best when it comes to hitting left-handed pitchers.