Brewers Yandy Diaz trade offer #3
Brewers get: 3B Yandy Diaz
Rays get: RHP Carlos Rodriguez, 2B Felix Valerio
This is another prospects-only trade package for Diaz, but it possesses some more high quality prospects, which leads to only two players going for Diaz instead of three like what the previous proposed package was.
This is not the same Carlos Rodriguez by the way. Keep in mind the Brewers have two players named Carlos Rodriguez. One is the outfielder that was in trade offer #2, and the other is the Brewers 2022 Minor League pitcher of the year. This Rodriguez was a 6th round pick in 2021 and he posted a 3.01 ERA in 107.1 IP with 129 strikeouts this season.
He's rising up prospect lists and his value right now may be at its peak. There's some starter upside here and Rodriguez could stick in a big league rotation. He's yet to face upper level hitters so it's too early to know for sure if he can stick as a starter, but he at least has the stuff to be a big league reliever and the Rays are an organization that loves to stockpile pitching.
Felix Valerio has been a really good hitter during his minors career since coming over in the Keon Broxton trade with the Mets. He spent all of 2022 in Double-A and did well early but struggled mightily in the second half. He doesn't have a perfect defensive home but there is some upside with the bat that the Rays tend to like.
It would be tough for the Brewers to part with Rodriguez immediately after he won their Minor League player of the year award, but they could look to sell high and if they can get three years of Yandy Diaz, that's a great return for a 6th round pick plus cashing in the lottery ticket of Valerio from the Broxton trade.