Arizona Diamondbacks - C Seby Zabala
The Diamondbacks aren't likely to trade away much from the roster that got them to the World Series. Backup catcher Seby Zavala could be of interest to Milwaukee because of the Crew's need for a backup given Victor Caratini's free agency. Zavala is a quality defender and had some good offensive numbers in 2022 before they dropped this season.
Colorado Rockies - SP Austin Gomber
The Rockies entire starting rotation had ERAs over 5.00 this year, which is quite rough, but it's also Colorado and this happens to pitchers quite a bit. Austin Gomber had a 7.05 ERA at home, but just a 3.68 ERA on the road. Even at his best, Gomber is likely a back end starter, but he's left handed and would help the Brewers fill the void in their rotation. He has two years of arbitration left and given his overall numbers, could come quite cheap in a trade.
Los Angeles Dodgers - SP Ryan Yarbrough
Ryan Yarbrough's ERA has climbed in recent years, but he's still elite at limiting hard contact and limiting walks. His fastball doesn't have elite velocity but it's deceptive and hitters have a hard time with it. Yarbrough is the kind of veteran innings eater that the Brewers could use in their rotation. He has one year of arbitration remaining for a reasonable projected cost of $3.8MM. The Dodgers are swimming in young pitching talent and need to clear room for them.
San Diego Padres - OF Juan Soto
Hey, why not? The Brewers were involved in Soto's market before when the Nationals were trading him. Now Soto has one year of team control left before a massive free agent payday and the Padres might be willing to sell. Their team was a disaster this year and may need wholesale changes. Soto would be exactly what the heart of this Brewers lineup needs. The outfield fit can be figured out later, but Soto would be a dream addition if the Padres indeed sell.
San Francisco Giants - 1B Wilmer Flores
There are a number of trade candidates from the Giants, including several in the starting rotation. I was debating between Sean Manaea, Ross Stripling, and Anthony DeSclafani here, but ultimately went with Wilmer Flores, who was nearly a Brewer years ago. Flores is quietly a good all around hitter, supplying power and average with elite contact rates. He puts the ball in play and gets on base. He's under contract for $6.5MM in 2024, which is quite affordable for Milwaukee given his production level and he'd solve a big need in the lineup.