At the MLB trade deadline, teams generally have a good idea what positions need to be addressed well in advance. But sometimes, things happen to create new needs just days before trades are no longer allowed to be made.
The Milwaukee Brewers are a team that just fell into the latter category. That is because Justin Wilson, who was just reinstated from the 60-day IL yesterday morning, is now back on the IL after suffering a new injury while warming up in last night's game for his debut with the Crew. The feeling is that this new injury is serious.
The hope was that Wilson would take some of the workload off of Hoby Milner, who has been great this season but has often been the only lefty in the bullpen. Now, with Wilson out, there are no obvious plans to give Milner that support, meaning the team may now have to turn to the trade market. Luckily, there are some players out there who may be worth targeting.
Here are three left-handed relievers for the Brewers to trade for after the Justin Wilson injury.
1. Brent Suter, Colorado Rockies
The Brewers need to feel more comfortable with the left-handed situation in their bullpen. So what better way to do that then by reuniting with an old friend who just happens to play for a team that tend to be sellers around this time of year, at least recently.
Southpaw and fan-favorite Brent Suter was a big part of the Milwaukee pitching staff for seven seasons before he was claimed by the Rockies after being placed on waivers ahead of last offseason's non-tender deadline. Even with Coors Field as his home, the 33-year-old is having arguably the best season of his career.
Suter is 4-0 in 34 games with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.050 WHIP, both of which would be career lows for any season except 2019 when he pitched in only nine games. He has also done a fantastic job of keeping the ball in the ballpark having served up just two homers, good for a career low rate of 0.4 HR/9.
A free agent at the end of the season, Suter would be a rental from a team who is a clear seller. It's a match made in heaven that seems too obvious not to happen.