Matt Arnold has done a fantastic job acquiring two very important relief pitchers this past off-season in Joel Payamps and Elvis Peguero, in the William Contreras and Hunter Renfroe trades respectively. The Milwaukee Brewers however, have had a shaky bullpen at times.
To be fair to the guys currently in the Brewers bullpen, some of the shakiness has been due to being overworked. The Brewers finished 17 games in 17 days before the All-Star break. However, even before the long stretch of games, the Brewers have shuttled in countless relievers between Nashville and Milwaukee, designating some for assignment and outright releasing others.
That said, Matt Arnold could look to stick his foot in the revolving door to stop it and give the Milwaukee Brewers some stability in the bullpen. Here are four relief pitchers that could help the Brewers in their quest to win the NL Central ahead of this year's trade deadline, should the Brewers decide to be buyers.
Brewers Trade Deadline Reliever Target: Jason Foley, Detroit Tigers
The AL Central is an absolute mess, and even at 11 games under .500 the Detroit Tigers are third in the division. That said, nobody is thinking that the Tigers have a chance to win the division in 2023.
The Detroit Tigers coming into the 2023 season had the 25th ranked farm system by MLB.com and could use some prospects to move them up in the ranks heading to 2024, trading a reliever like Jason Foley could help them accomplish that.
Foley will be 28 in November and is arbitration eligible starting in 2025, so while the Tigers could wait to trade him until next season, they may fetch a better return if he is dealt in the summer of 2023 while he is putting up stellar numbers.
In the first half of the season Jason Foley has posted a 2.09 ERA, 1.009 WHIP and 4.86 strikeout to walk ratio. Foley averages 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings and just 1.6 walks per nine innings. Foley has allowed just a .225 batting average and has recorded three saves.
What may sell not only Matt Arnold but also Milwaukee Brewers fans on Jason Foley is the fact that he has given up only three home runs in 109.1 career innings of work. Foley could instantly step in and help Joel Payamps occupy the set up role that the Brewers have been trying to fill.