Affordable Brewers Trade Deadline Target #2: 1B Christian Walker
My personal favorite on this list is first baseman/designated hitter Christian Walker of the Arizona Diamondbacks. A true slugger, Walker has 23 home runs on the season, paired with a slash line of .204/.312/.450. Walker’s quality of contact has been great, he has excelled at drawing walks, and he has also been a great defender.
Walker ranks in the top third of the league per Baseball Savant in average exit velocity (89.7 mph), hard hit rate (43.6%), and barrel rate (13.5%). Additionally, His walk rate of 12.8% ranks in the top 7% of the league, and he is in the 99th percentile in outs above average on defense.
Since Walker is not set to be a free agent until 2025 and has had a strong first half of the season, he would most likely require a stronger trade package than Robbie Grossman. However, he would bring a true power threat to the lineup, especially against lefties.
Against left-handed pitchers Walker has a WRC+ of 168, an OPS of .996, and a wOBA of .415. Additionally, his .313 ISO against lefties is good for 6th in the entire league (min 90 PA). He would bring a very strong and much needed right-handed bat presence to this Brewers lineup.
It will be interesting to see if the Brewers and the Diamondbacks can be trade partners at the deadline for a second year in a row.