Brewers: 3 Left-Handed Relievers to Trade for After the Justin Wilson Injury

The Brewers suddenly have a new position of need.

Brent Suter, Colorado Rockies
Brent Suter, Colorado Rockies / Maddie Meyer/GettyImages
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2. Sam Moll, Oakland A's

Moving to a bit less obvious of a fit, in recent seasons the Brewers have at times targeted relievers who may not have elite numbers on the season but show signs that a change of scenery could potentially lead to a strong finish to the season. That strategy hasn't gone well the past couple of seasons, but if they go that route again, another target could be A's reliever Sam Moll.

At first glance, Moll's numbers aren't all that exciting. Through 44 games, he is 0-3 with a 4.62 ERA and a 1.432 WHIP. But taking a deeper look, there are reasons to think that a trade for the lefty wouldn't be such a bad idea.

For one, his numbers last year were quite good at a 2.91 ERA and 1.269 WHIP in 53 games. While he is walking batters at the same rate and actually giving up fewer homers, it's his hit rate that's gotten a little elevated, rising from 6.9 H/9 in 2022 to 8.3 H/9 this season. Those hits haven't been major ones, though, as batters were slugging nearly the same against him last year (.335) as they are this year (.336).

Like Suter, Moll is somewhat of a late bloomer. He is 31 years old but doesn't hit arbitration until the 2025 season, so he has tons of control remaining. Any trade return for him would have to balance his age with his non-rental status, but considering how the last big trade went that involved the Brewers and A's, perhaps Milwaukee wouldn't have to give that much up for him after all.