Houston Astros - IF/OF Mauricio Dubon
The Brewers had Mauricio Dubon once and had to trade him to get Drew Pomeranz. Dubon has become a valuable utility piece for the Astros and put up good numbers this year. Milwaukee could use him as their super-utility option if the Astros are willing to part with him.
Texas Rangers - SP Andrew Heaney
Who to pluck from the World Series champions' roster? As much as I'd love to put Adolis Garcia's name here, I'm going to go with a slightly more realistic option in Andrew Heaney. He just picked up his $13MM player option for 2024 after having a slightly down season in 2023. He had a 4.15 ERA in 28 starts this year and could very well bounce back next year on a fairly reasonable salary. Heaney's a lefty as well, which would make him all the more valuable as a Brewers trade target.
Seattle Mariners - 1B Ty France
Ty France has put up some solid numbers as a first baseman, but when Evan White returns to the field in 2024, France may be out of a starting job, which makes him a potential trade candidate this winter. France has two years of team control left and would give the Brewers a solution at first base that's better than Rowdy Tellez was this year. France has trended downward offensively but he doesn't strike out much and has decent pop. He could perhaps benefit from a new, hitter friendly ballpark.
Los Angeles Angels - IF Brandon Drury
The Angels won't sell off anyone until they know Shohei Ohtani isn't coming back. But if and when he leaves, they could sell off some veteran assets, one of whom being Brandon Drury. He's in the final year of his contract and will make $8.5MM in 2024. He's been a consistently productive bat with both average and power. He is a strong defender as well, so the Brewers won't sacrifice defense to improve their lineup if they get Drury.
Oakland Athletics - SP Paul Blackburn
Paul Blackburn is one of just three arbitration-eligible players on the Athletics and is slated to be the second-highest paid player on the team at just $3.2MM next year. Knowing Oakland, that means he's probably on the trade block. He's their best starting pitcher, and I know that isn't saying much but Blackburn has some good stuff in his arsenal and his ERA is likely to improve as soon as he gets off one of the worst teams in baseball history. He does a good job of limiting hard contact and would be a solid addition to the Brewers rotation.