Brewers Yandy Diaz Trade Offer #2
Brewers get: 3B Yandy Diaz
Rays get: OF Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Brandon Knarr, LHP Nick Bennett
This trade package is entirely prospect-focused and possesses traits that the Rays tend to like.
Carlos Rodriguez is a speedy outfielder that hits for a high average. He doesn't possess much power but he can play all over the outfield and gets on base at a solid clip. Provided he can stay healthy, he has starter upside as long as that bat continues to play in the upper levels of the minors.
Brandon Knarr seems like the typical pitching prospect that organizations like the Brewers and Rays are good at developing. Knarr reaches the mid-upper 90s on his fastball and could potentially stick as a starter and is coming off a great season in 2022. There's reliever risk here but his traits will excite the Rays.
Nick Bennett is a former 5th round pick who's been developing as a starter in the Brewers system but is likely a reliever in the big leagues. He also has good stuff and traits that analytically inclined teams like the Brewers and Rays love.
These three guys aren't highly rated on prospect lists but they have the stuff and ability to make the big league level and the combination of the three of these players could entice the Rays to part with Diaz.
The Brewers were able to get Mike Brosseau for relief prospect Evan Reifert a year ago. To be able to get two more arms with upside plus Rodriguez for Diaz in this deal is a good get for Tampa. It might be tough for the Brewers to be willing to part with both pitchers but if they can get Diaz, it would be worth it.