Brewers: Top 10 Brewers Trade Targets To Track During The 2023 Season
By David Gasper
Potential Brewers trade target #9: UTIL Wilmer Flores - Giants
This is the first position player on this list of targets to track. Figuring out position player needs right now as most of the hitters are playing well is difficult and there's no obvious holes.
Wilmer Flores is a player the Brewers have liked in the past. They tried to trade for him in 2015 when he famously cried on the field in a very odd situation that the Mets poorly handled. Perhaps they could look to acquire him again.
Flores was a shortstop back then and he's turned into more of a utilityman now with his ability to play all over the infield, including first base. He doesn't strike out much, he puts the ball in play, and has consistently been a 1.0-1.5 WAR player the past couple seasons. He's got some power and is a well rounded player.
For a position player group that's been trying to be more of a contact-focused team that cuts down on the strikeouts and three true outcomes, Flores fits that mold the Brewers are turning their lineup into. That combined with his defensive versatility makes him a solid player to keep an eye on if the Brewers need position player help down the stretch.
Potential Brewers trade target #10: SP/DH/OF Shohei Ohtani - Angels
I know the odds are long. But Ohtani is in the last year of his contract. If the Angels fall out of contention by the deadline, which is very possible, they could potentially trade Ohtani instead of letting him walk for nothing. While they could try to sign him long term, if they fall out of it, he won't be signing back with them. That makes a trade a smart play.
While we know the Brewers won't be able to afford Ohtani long-term either, adding him to the roster for the final playoff push and push to win a World Series for the first time in franchise history wouldn't hurt. The Brewers were seriously in on the Juan Soto negotiations and while they generally don't like to push all their chips in on one year, the hot start the team has had plus the potential ability to add Ohtani to your roster may be too much to pass up.
They know this will be their only potential opportunity to get Ohtani in their uniform, and the Brewers front office would obviously love to have that. If they feel this Brewers team can win the World Series, go out and grab Ohtani if you can. It'll help the rotation depth if help is needed there, it'll help the offense. It's two star players in one. Imagine a playoff rotation led by Ohtani, Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta.
The odds may not be good that he gets dealt. But watch the Angels, and if they struggle, Ohtani may end up on the trade block. The other nine on this list are more likely acquisitions, but keep an eye on it.