Brewers: Ranking the Crew's Biggest Positions of Need at the 2023 MLB Trade Deadline

They could stand to upgrade a few positions, but which ones need it the most?

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4. Outfield

At this time last week, acquiring an outfielder might've been first or second on the Brewers' trade deadline priority list, particularly due to the horrible production they were getting in right field. Then, No. 2 prospect Sal Frelick got called up on Saturday and the conversation changed.

Frelick has only been up for two games but has already had a positive impact on the team, especially in his debut where he almost singlehandedly led the team to a win over the Braves. We're not saying that this means he's all of a sudden about to be the top offensive player for the team, but he appears ready enough to make right field much less of a liability.

That said, Milwaukee's backup outfield options have largely been underwhelming this season. The Brewers have traditionally liked having multiple solid options to rotate throughout their outfield, so grabbing someone who wouldn't mind being part of a rotation is something to consider, but only if they can go a long way toward addressing the first three positions of need.

5. Middle Relief

One of the big priorities for this season was to add some pieces to the bullpen in an effort to make the unit more consistent than it was in 2022. At the back of the bullpen, that has definitely been the case. Elvis Peguero, Joel Payamps, and Devin Williams have evolved to form a fearsome three-headed monster while Hoby Milner and Bryse Wilson have also performed very well this season.

Outside of that, especially at middle rethere have still been questions. Javy Guerra, Matt Bush, Gus Varland, and Tyson Miller are no longer with the team while several others have been frequent travelers of the Milwaukee-to-Nashville bullpen shuttle.

The Brewers do have some internal reinforcements to utilize here, though. Highly anticipated prospect Abner Uribe was recently recalled and has looked impressive while Justin Wilson, who was acquired in the offseason with the knowledge that he wouldn't be back from injury until the summer, could join the team any day. It never hurts to add extra relievers, but it's much less pressing of a need than other positions (which is good, because their relief acquisitions at the deadline haven't gone great the last couple of years).

The trade market has only barely sizzled so far but is sure to heat up. When it does, the Brewers need to target more than one of these positions if they want to make a serious run to finish this season.

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