Last week saw the Milwaukee Brewers depart with former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes as he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for D.L. Hall, Joey Ortiz and a Competitive Balance Round A draft pick.
Throughout the offseason there have been talks of Milwaukee moving on from their higher-valued players that teams were monitoring. Shortstop Willy Adames is one of those names and with Ortiz also being a shortstop, it has increased the talk around Adames being traded.
Bleacher Report put out an article with trade ideas involving Willy Adames in reaction to Burnes being traded. Here we are going to rank the proposed landing spots and suggested trades.
Ranking Bleacher Report's potential Willy Adames trades
4. San Francisco Giants
Last place on the list for me is the deal that would see Adames move to the Bay area. The Brewers would in return receive Casey Schmitt, Joey Bart and Erik Miller.
The San Francisco Giants have Marco Luciano in their ranks and he is expected to be pushing for the starting shortstop position and would look to Adames and he had specifically been named in the San Francisco Chronicle.
From the Brewers point of view I am not sure this trade does much to improve the team. Schmitt played in 90 games last season for the Giants as they finished fourth in the NL West. He averaged just .206 and an OBP of .255. These averages are not too disimillar to Ortiz's .206/.255/.324 who just joined the Brewers and is more known for his defensive capabilities. Not to say Schmitt couldn't grow into a better hitter as he was around the .300 mark in the minors, but again Ortiz was hitting at a similar rate.
Bart may be a former second overall pick and have been one of the top prospects in baseball, but he has failed to hold down the position behind the plate for the Giants. He featured in just 30 games in 2023 and was hitting a pretty measly .207. With William Contreras at catcher, Jeferson Quero expected to be called up and then Eric Haase signed to a deal that could see him be backup until Quero arrives, there is no need for Bart.
The catcher has ran out of minor league options and is expected to miss the Opening Day roster and so for me it would be a pretty poor deal for the Brewers.