The Milwaukee Brewers have already made one trade this offseason, shipping Mark Canha to Detroit in exchange for a minor league pitcher. This is not likely to be the last trade the Brewers make this offseason, so who else could be a target?
For the purposes of this, the trade targets listed are only going to be players that are on a team's 40 man roster. While trades including minor leaguers may happen, these are trade candidates that would find a spot on the Brewers roster in 2024.
Let's go through each team's potential Brewers trade targets division by division.
Baltimore Orioles - INF Ramon Urias
The Brewers need some infield help and Urias was the starting third baseman for the Orioles prior to the arrival of Gunnar Henderson. With Henderson, Jordan Westburg, and soon Jackson Holliday in the Orioles infield, Urias could be a strong candidate for a new team. Urias is the brother of former Brewer Luis Urias.
Boston Red Sox - 1B/3B Bobby Dalbec/SP Nick Pivetta
I'm going to cheat here and give two trade candidates for the Red Sox because I think both are quite plausible and would make a lot of sense. Bobby Dalbec is a corner infielder that lost his first base job to Triston Casas and third base is occupied by Rafael Devers. He crushes lefties with a career .855 OPS against them and is a perfect change of scenery candidate.
Nick Pivetta is a solid, experienced starting pitcher with one year of arbitration left before hitting free agency. With Brandon Woodruff likely out for all of 2024, someone like Pivetta could fill that void. He's durable, eats innings, doesn't walk many, and gets his fair share of strikeouts. He doesn't wow with the ERA and struggles with home runs, but he'd be a good short term addition to the rotation.
New York Yankees - C Kyle Higashioka
Rumor has it the Yankees are willing to trade their backup catcher, Kyle Higashioka. He slugged 10 homers last season and hit .236. Since Victor Caratini is a free agent the Brewers are in need of a new backup catcher and Higashioka could be the perfect guy. He's in his last year of arbitration and is projected to earn $2.3MM in 2024.
Tampa Bay Rays - 1B/OF Harold Ramirez
Harold Ramirez would be the perfect addition to this Brewers offense and he's likely very available in trade talks. He's a first baseman and corner outfielder, but he's kind of out of a job in Tampa Bay. Randy Arozarena and Josh Lowe have the corner outfield spots locked down and Yandy Diaz is a stud at first base. Ramirez may be out of a starting job after hitting .313/.353/.460 with 12 homers in 434 plate appearances this year. The Brewers could install him as their everyday first baseman and he still has two seasons of team control left.
Toronto Blue Jays - SP Alek Manoah
This is an opportunity for the Brewers to acquire an ace-level talent for pennies on the dollar. Alek Manoah has incredible stuff, but out of nowhere he just lost his way on the mound this year. He was demoted to rookie ball and struggled to figure things out. The Brewers specialize in maximizing a pitcher's talents and if the Blue Jays feel they can't tap into Manoah's talent, they could look to trade him and the Brewers could fill a rotation void with a high upside arm for cheap.