The 2022 Winter Meetings are almost here. Members of the Milwaukee Brewers front office will soon be in San Diego at the annual meetings with lots of work to do on their roster.
So far, the Brewers have been pretty active on the trade front, most recently acquiring three young pitchers from the Angels for Hunter Renfroe. Because of the Brewers' perennial budget constraints, and their seeming desire this offseason to cut payroll, a headline-making free agent signing is unlikely to happen for the Crew. But, a headline-making trade, or a trade of any kind really, is definitely on the table.
Who could the Brewers be targeting in trades at the 2022 Winter Meetings? Here are 5 potential trade targets that could very well be on the move this week.
Brewers Winter Meetings Trade Target #1: Blue Jays C Alejandro Kirk/Danny Jansen
This is the biggest splash I could realistically see the Brewers making. Milwaukee has a big need at catcher and Alejandro Kirk or Danny Jansen would fill that job perfectly.
The Blue Jays have three catchers and two spots on their roster. Their top prospect, Gabriel Moreno, is also a catcher and is ready for the big leagues. They're looking to move one of these three guys and the Brewers should be in the market for any one of them. The Brewers generally prefer their catchers to have a little more experience and with a prospect of their own in Mario Feliciano ready, they'd be more interested in a veteran like Kirk or Jansen.
It's highly likely that one of these Blue Jays catchers will be on the move during the Winter Meetings, and Matt Arnold would be wise to make sure that he is the one that gets them. Kirk was an All-Star in 2022 and Jansen is a Wisconsin native that slugged 15 homers last season. Either would present a tremendous upgrade over Victor Caratini.
If the Blue Jays are prioritizing a maximum return in a trade at the Winter Meetings, Alejandro Kirk will be the one they look to move. He has four years of control left and isn't yet eligible for arbitration. He would net Toronto a nice haul and the Brewers do have the prospect capital to make that trade if they so choose. If Toronto is simply prioritizing a fair deal that works for both sides, the Brewers would likely choose to pursue Danny Jansen. He already is into arbitration and has only two years of control left, but he would cost less to acquire.
The Brewers have a need at catcher and the Blue Jays are looking to trade one of these two catchers. They are clear targets for Milwaukee at the Winter Meetings.