3. Cleveland Guardians
The deal with the Cleveland Guardians would see the Brewers land their ninth ranked prospect Jaison Chourio, brother of Jackson Chourio, then a pair of pitchers in Will Dion and Cade Smith.
For the Guardians this would help them tie down the shortstop position having moved Amed Rosario last season. Adames would be a good addition for them as they look to improve their offense from the worst home run hitting team and bottom five in runs per game.
It was tough to decide if this took the third or second place on this list but I settled with them placing third. Having the Chourio brothers in the Brewers organization together would be great for the future in Milwaukee and Jaison is making a name for himself in the minors, hitting .321/.446/.411 in 48 games across his time at rookie and Single-A level. Just nine of those games were at Single-A and his production did take a big hit but at just 18 he still has a bright future and pairing him and Jackson could be quite fun.
Where the trade lacks slightly is with the two pitchers. Granted both are still young and learning their craft in the minors and the Brewers ability to improve pitchers could see them both become strong MLB options. Dion is just 23 and the lefty pitched 116.2 innings across A+ and Double-A, registering a 2.39 ERA and allowing just a .213 average against.
Smith is 24 and was playing at Triple-A last season and struggled. The 6'5 righty out of the bullpen registered a 4.65 ERA in 40.2 innings pitched and that is a slight concern for someone that would be expecting to arrive in the majors in the next year or two.
Both pitchers can definitely be worked on and have room to improve, adding Jaison Chourio would be a lot of fun too but they're all further away from impacting the club and I think the next two deals are much better for the Brewers.