5 Milwaukee Brewers Players Who Won't Survive The Trade Deadline

These players may be out of a roster spot or starting job soon
May 7, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Milwaukee Brewers designated hitter Jesse Winker (33)
May 7, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Milwaukee Brewers designated hitter Jesse Winker (33) / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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Brewers who won't survive the Trade Deadline: RHP J.C. Mejia

In all likelihood, the Brewers will look to acquire at least one relief pitcher before the Trade Deadline passes. Milwaukee's rotated through several different middle relief options and one of their current options in that role is righty J.C. Mejia.

The Brewers acquired Mejia last season and he ended up getting suspended for PEDs. They brought him back on a minors deal this year and recently selected his contract. He's appeared in just a handful of games so far, but his performance won't exactly force the Brewers to keep him in the big leagues.

Mejia is also out of minor league options, so if the Brewers want to send him down, they have to put him on waivers and outright him off the 40 man roster.

Looking at the Brewers bullpen right now, there aren't many candidates to be sent down. Joel Payamps and Elvis Peguero have been excellent, Hoby Milner as the only lefty is safe, Bryse Wilson has been reliable, Abner Uribe is one of the Crew's top prospects and they want to keep his fastball up here. There's also of course the closer Devin Williams. The only remaining pieces are Mejia and long reliever Julio Teheran, who's been excellent since his pickup.

J.C. Mejia isn't long for the roster. If he makes it long enough for a Trade Deadline acquisition to be what removes him from the roster, then that's probably the best possible outcome for Milwaukee. That would mean he's pitched well enough in his opportunities. But it's highly unlikely he's on this active roster come August 1st.

Even if an external addition doesn't happen, the Brewers have lefty Justin Wilson rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He's on a rehab assignment at Triple-A and is nearing a return to the big leagues. The low man on the totem pole to clear room for Wilson's arrival is going to be Mejia.

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