The Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade to help out the offense, acquiring first baseman Carlos Santana from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Santana's a veteran, an excellent defender, and can provide some help to the Brewers lineup even though his numbers haven't been great this year, they've been better than what the Brewers currently have.
Santana is a nice addition, but there's more to come. The Brewers can't let this Trade Deadline pass by with Carlos Santana being the only player they brought in to help the offense. They won't. There's more trades to come before the Deadline passes on Tuesday.
The first domino has fallen. Now, the question is, what's next? Here's a couple of possibilities for the Brewers to do next following the Carlos Santana trade.
Brewers next move to make #1: Trade for Nationals 3B Jeimer Candelario
The corner infield spots have been disappointing this year for the Brewers. Now that Milwaukee has upgraded one corner spot at first base, next up should be upgrading the other corner spot at third base.
Jeimer Candelario would be the best third baseman on the market at the Trade Deadline and he fits what the Brewers are looking for. He's an excellent hitter that provides some thump and consistency with 16 homers, a .256 average, and 127 OPS+, he's a switch hitter, and he's an excellent defender at third base.
The Brewers don't want to sacrifice defense to get a quality bat. Carlos Santana may not have been the best first base bat on the market, but he was the best defender at first base and provided an improvement with the bat over Milwaukee's current options. With Candelario, the Brewers can acquire both an excellent defender and an excellent, impact bat.
Candelario is also a rental, due to be a free agent at the end of the year and is only making $5MM this season, of which the Brewers would only be on the hook for a fraction of if they make the deal.
This is a match made in heaven that the Brewers should jump all over. After getting Santana, Jeimer Candelario should be Matt Arnold's next move.