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The 7 Biggest Mistakes The Brewers Made That Doomed Them In 2022

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 04: Manager Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers and general manager David Stearns meet before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on May 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 04: Manager Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers and general manager David Stearns meet before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on May 4, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 08: Trevor Rosenthal #47 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Three of the National League Division Series at Globe Life Field on October 08, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Mistake that doomed the Brewers #4: The Trevor Rosenthal Trade

The most recent picture we have of Trevor Rosenthal pitching in an actual big league game is from 2020 when he was with the Padres. That was three organizations ago for Rosenthal.

He signed with the Athletics for 2021, missed all of that season with various injuries. Then he missed the beginning of 2022 not signing with a team because he was coming back from injury, until he signed with the Giants. He suffered another injury there and never threw a pitch for them but was on the mend when the Brewers decided they would trade a valuable Top 20 prospect for Rosenthal on August 2nd.

That was their only move on Deadline Day, too, by the way.

The Brewers knew then they would be getting Rosenthal for at most one month of the year, as it would take until the beginning of September for him to be ready for game action at the earliest. But instead, as shocking as it was for a pitcher who missed two seasons due to injury after injury after injury after injury, Rosenthal suffered yet another injury and would go on to miss the entire 2022 season and never throw a pitch for the Brewers.

Oh, and he’s a free agent at the end of the year as well.

This is without a doubt one of the dumbest trades the Brewers have ever made. It didn’t make sense then, it makes even less sense now. They had already acquired three relievers prior to Rosenthal, needing help at other position groups, and decided against making those trades because the prices were “too high” but felt totally comfortable paying the price of a top 20 prospect in the organization for a fourth reliever, that hadn’t pitched in two years and was still injured.

He also was never put on the 60 Day IL after that. That means he’s occupied a 40 man roster spot this entire time. And for what? That spot could’ve gone to a healthy pitcher or a healthy position player that actually would’ve played for this team.

With all the new players acquired and not as many going out off the 40 man, that led to some shuffling, and it was a mighty poor shuffle at that, which was mistake #5.

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