3 trade packages that the Brewers could put together to acquire Garrett Crochet

Garrett Crochet is a rumored Brewers trade target. What could it take to get him at the Deadline?
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The Brewers have a need in the starting rotation. That much is quite clear. How they address that need is yet to be determined but there are a couple of logical directions Milwaukee's front office could go.

One of those directions would be to acquire Garrett Crochet from the White Sox. Jeff Passan reported that the White Sox are willing to deal Crochet and named the Brewers as a great fit for him. He's electric, as described by manager Pat Murphy prior to his recent start against the Crew, and Murphy was asking reporters about how many years of control he had left.

The 24 year old Crochet has two and a half years of team control remaining, for the record, and his 3.49 ERA plus a 0.93 WHIP makes him a hot commodity on the trade market that would command a big return.

However, working against the asking price for Crochet is his past. Crochet missed all of 2022 with Tommy John surgery and pitched just 12.2 IP last year due to injury. This year is Crochet's first extended look in the rotation and he's already set a career high in innings. The injury history and lack of a track record will dampen the prospect package in return a little bit, but the White Sox will still command a high price.

The Brewers have the farm system to be able to pay that price. Whether or not they're willing to pay that price is a different story. Here are what a couple of Brewers trade packages for Crochet could look like.

Trade Package #1: Garrett Crochet to the Brewers for 3B Brock Wilken, OF Joey Wiemer, SS Freddy Zamora, and RHP Tyler Woessner

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the White Sox would require at least one position player prospect with significant upside in order to move Crochet. Brock Wilken would certainly qualify as that high upside position player prospect.

Last year's first round pick is already up in Double-A and is a potential 40 homer threat at maturity in the big leagues. Wilken could be a starting third baseman for years to come that will anchor a lineup. The White Sox have Yoan Moncada at third base, who is currently on the IL with a strained adductor. Moncada has a $25MM club option for 2025 that is likely to be declined at this rate. Wilken could be the cornerstone of a young White Sox club next year.

Joey Wiemer finds himself on the outside looking in on the Brewers outfield puzzle. With a strong performance from Blake Perkins this year, the presence of Jackson Chourio, plus the upcoming return of Garrett Mitchell, there aren't many ABs for Wiemer to get in Milwaukee. He's a former top 100 prospect that could get the regular playing time he needs to reach his offensive potential and the White Sox would be able to have the patience to give him those ABs and dream on his upside.

Freddy Zamora is a near-big league ready shortstop, who's up at Triple-A Nashville. He was a second round pick in 2020 and has progressed slowly but has shown signs of improvement this season. The White Sox are prioritizing upper minors and near-MLB position players and Zamora fits the bill. He could earn a spot in that White Sox infield instead of an uphill climb in a crowded Brewers infield picture.

Tyler Woessner finishes out this prospect package. Even though the White Sox want a package led by a position player, most trades for a starting pitcher involve at least one pitcher going back in return. In this proposal, Tyler Woessner is the guy. He flew through Double-A Biloxi and is up in Triple-A, meaning he's close to contributing at the big league level. He has a 5.56 ERA across two levels with 49 Ks in 43.2 IP.