Brewers Trade Candidate #3 - OF Joey Wiemer
The Brewers have valuable veterans nearing free agency, but they're not the only ones who could get traded this winter. Some of the Crew's young position players could make sense as trade candidates as well.
Milwaukee is loaded in the outfield and they brought up a number of their top prospects this year. Garrett Mitchell was the Opening Day centerfielder, Sal Frelick was impressive, and Joey Wiemer was in the big leagues most of the season. Playing time found a way to work itself out, mostly through injuries, but there's too many starting quality players and not enough open spots in the outfield.
The organization seems to be very high on Mitchell and Frelick, and there were a lot of good things they liked about Wiemer, but Wiemer struggled at the plate in 2023. He made some late season adjustments and even though we didn't get much of a chance to see those changes in action, the stock is still fairly high on Wiemer. The Brewers could look to trade from a position of strength to address a position of need.
Wiemer can be marketed as a centerfielder given his extended playing time out there and excellent defense, but he's more likely a long term fit in right field, at least in Milwaukee, given his throwing arm and power hitting ability. Centerfielders, though, bring back a larger return because it's a premium position. The Brewers will be just fine in centerfield if they send out Wiemer to address a larger need, likely pitching.
One thing working in Wiemer's favor for staying in Milwaukee is the fact that he's a right handed hitter. Frelick, Mitchell, and Christian Yelich are all lefties and they are his biggest competition for playing time. Having at least one right handed hitting outfielder in the starting lineup would be ideal.
The Blue Jays are one team looking for outfield help this winter that would be a logical destination if the Brewers moved Wiemer.