Brewers: Projected Starting Lineup After Trade Deadline Deals

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The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, and the Brewers made a handful of moves to improve their roster at this year’s deadline. In what was a seller’s market this year, Milwaukee managed to improve their lineup without surrendering significant prospect or big league capital.

The Crew’s lineup will look a little different following Tuesday’s trade deadline. While they might not have acquired some of the biggest names on the market, the Brewers managed to add a few bats to fill some holes in the batting order.

With the addition of Carlos Santana and Mark Canha, here is the projected lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers following Tuesday's trade deadline:

Projected Starting Lineup

Projected Bench

Notable Players To Return

1. Christian Yelich - LF

1. Victor Caratini - C

1. Brian Anderson - 3B

2. William Contreras - C

2. Abraham Toro - INF

2. Rowdy Tellez - 1B

3. Carlos Santana - 1B

3. Owen Miller - INF

4. Willy Adames - SS

4. Blake Perkins - OF

5. Sal Frelick - RF

5. Tyrone Taylor - OF

6. Mark Canha - DH

7. Andruw Monasterio - 3B

8. Brice Turang - 2B

9. Joey Wiemer - CF

Milwaukee's acquisitions over the past few days adds positional depth at key positions while also giving them flexibility in the lineup. They were low risk, low reward moves that could pay dividends in the second half of the season.

Mark Canha was the ball club's big move on Monday, and he could be a sneaky addition to the lineup. Canha has the ability to play all over the outfield in addition to seeing some run at both corner infield positions.

He brings a good approach to the plate coupled with strong bat-to-ball skills. While he might not have a whole lot of power, his ability to limit strikeouts and draw walks at an efficient rate will be welcomed to the middle of the Brewers' batting order.

Many Brewers fans were clamoring for the addition of a premier hitter such as Eloy Jimenez, and while he might not be nearly the same caliber of hitter as Jimenez, Mark Canha will serve as a solid bat who gives Milwaukee lineup flexibility.

The designated hitter role will likely be a revolving door between several different players. With Rowdy Tellez slotted to return from the injured list in the coming weeks, he will likely take turns trading places with Carlos Santana at first base and at designated hitter. In addition to those two, Mark Canha will see some run at designated hitter as well.

The Brewers have had some of baseball's worst production from their designated hitter spot this season, so adding both Canha and Santana gives Milwaukee some viable options who can bring some much needed production to the batting order.

In addition to the trades that were made, the Brewers will get Brian Anderson back in the coming weeks as well. Anderson is set to start a rehab assignment this week with the Nashville Sounds, and he will likely retake the everyday role at the hot corner for Milwaukee once healthy.

Anderson's reinsertion to the lineup will give the Brewers further flexibility on how they want to construct their infield. Andruw Monasterio and Owen Miller will serve as productive bench bats, and both will be worked into valuable utility infield roles down the stretch for the Crew.

The Brewers effectively improved their roster in the margins to solidify some holes in the lineup. They acquired bats who bring solid offensive production to the plate while not sacrificing defensive talent or lineup flexibiilty.

This Brewers' lineup is an improvement over what it was a few days ago. Now, how significant of an improvement is yet to be seen. With the help of their revamped batting order, Milwaukee will look to go on a run over their next handful of series against non-contending ball clubs to reclaim the lead in the NL Central.

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