Potential Brewers trade target #7: LHP Amir Garrett - Royals
The Brewers are quite familiar with what Amir Garrett can do on the mound after his years with the Cincinnati Reds. He had a stretch of dominance for them out of the bullpen, but struggled in 2021, leading to his departure from Cincinnati. He found a new home in Kansas City and has been steadily improving.
His ERA was still high last year but down from where it was the year before. Now in 2023, Garrett has a 2.35 ERA to begin the year. The 31 year old Garrett still throws hard and can still strike guys out. He's in his last year before free agency, just like Keller, and the Brewers could be intrigued by the idea of bringing Garrett back to the NL Central.
He's another lefty, and can fill middle relief innings and perhaps some high leverage innings if he earns them through the course of the season with Kansas City and then eventually his new home. Because he's a rental and he's on a bad team, Garrett is highly likely to be moved this summer if he's pitching well.
Potential Brewers trade target #8: LHP Trevor Rogers - Marlins
Trevor Rogers is a talented arm that the Brewers would likely love to get their hands on. He dominated in 2021 in a breakout season. Then he struggled in 2022 as his fastball suddenly stopped being effective despite the velocity not changing. Sounds like a problem the Brewers pitching lab can solve.
He was looking much better to begin the 2023 season before a biceps strain put him on the shelf. But he should be back healthy before we get to July.
Miami was saying all offseason that their young starting pitchers are all available in trades in order to add some hitting. They traded Pablo Lopez to the Twins for Luis Arraez in that time, but perhaps the offer will still stand as they look to improve their offense. Rogers will hit arbitration for the first time this next winter, giving any potential acquiring team 3.5 years of control.
He's controllable for two seasons beyond Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff, who are slated to reach free agency after the 2024 season. With extensions looking unlikely for them, the Brewers will need to fill their rotation with some more high ceiling arms and Rogers is that type of arm. Keep an eye on Rogers as a potential Brewers target.