The Milwaukee Brewers have definitely been one of the more active teams in the league in a week where two roster deadlines needed to be met. And after making a deal with one team earlier in the week, they made another one on Wednesday.
The Brewers executed a trade with the Oakland Athletics in their most recent deal, sending away utility infielder Abraham Toro. In return, they received minor league right-handed pitcher Chad Patrick.
The move came on the heels of another trade that involved minor leaguers as Milwaukee sent prospects Hendry Mendez and Robert Moore off to the Philadelphia Phillies for second baseman Oliver Dunn, who was subsequently added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the rule 5 draft.
The Brewers traded infielder Abraham Toro to the Athletics for minor league pitcher Chad Patrick.
Toro, 26, came to the Brewers last offseason as a part of the Kolten Wong-Jesse Winker swap with the Seattle Mariners. With the Brewers already having multiple utility options on the active roster, he would begin the season at Triple-A Nashville.
Toro would have a very good season for the Sounds, batting .291 with an .845 OPS and 58 RBIs in 96 games. Still, that only got him a few brief call ups with Milwaukee, though he did perform well in a very brief sample size, going 8-for-18 with a pair of home runs in nine games.
Still, Toro was a potential non-tender candidate going into Friday's deadline to tender contracts to members of the roster not already under contract. Though he wasn't due much of a raise in arbitration, Toro has no minor league options remaining, meaning if the Brewers were to tender him it would be 26-man roster or bust.
Thus, Milwaukee opted not to make the decision at all and shipped him off to Oakland. Their return, the right-handed Patrick, was a 4th round pick of the Diamondbacks just two years ago. This is already the second trade of his career as he was sent from Arizona to Oakland at this summer's trade deadline.
Patrick has a career 4.96 ERA and 1.534 WHIP in just 42 career games, 36 as a starter. But in that short period of time, he has already made his way to the Triple-A level, albeit for just a handful of games. That's where he should start the 2024 season as he's already been assigned to the Sounds' roster.
There are less than 48 hours until MLB's non-tender deadline, meaning this may not be the final Brewers trade of the week.