Potential Brewers trade target #3: LHP Aaron Loup - Angels
The Brewers lost a lot of experience in the bullpen when they let Brad Boxberger walk during the offseason. Aaron Loup has 10 years of service time in the big leagues and is still going strong.
He put up solid numbers last year with the Angels and was dominant with the Mets in 2021, earning him a pretty solid contract. He's now at the end of that contract. Loup is earning $7.5MM this year, but by the time the Trade Deadline rolls around, he'll be due just a fraction of that. He also has a club option for next year at the same salary.
While the Brewers aren't typically fans of paying relievers that much money, Loup could be worth it as a veteran setup man for Devin Williams.
The big question is whether or not the Angels will sell. They very well could compete, but based on their history they'll likely fall short of the playoffs.
Potential Brewers trade target #4: LHP Alex Wood - Giants
Starting pitching depth is important and the Brewers have been struggling with it. They were able to deepen that group over the offseason, but injuries continue to take their toll. Aaron Ashby, Jason Alexander, Adrian Houser, and Brandon Woodruff are all on the injured list. Houser is on track to return the fastest, but additional depth may be a good idea.
Whether or not the Brewers acquire a starting pitcher at the deadline will depend on the rotation's health picture at the time. Ashby is likely lost for the season but the current trajectories have Houser, Alexander, and Woodruff all returning to full health by the Deadline. However that doesn't mean another injury couldn't pop up for those guys or any of the currently healthy options.
One starting pitcher to keep an eye on as a trade target is lefty Alex Wood of the Giants. He got off to a strong start this season and has been a solid starter over his career. He's in the final year of his contract and would be a pure rental, which is likely what the Brewers would be looking for in a rotation addition.
The Giants are sitting in 4th place in the NL West and are unlikely to challenge the Dodgers, Padres, and the upstart Diamondbacks for a playoff spot out of that division. Wood could be a solid rotation addition if the Brewers need one come July.