Brewers next move to make #2: Trade for Marlins IF/OF Jon Berti
The Brewers need help all across the field and rumors are they're looking for middle infield help. I don't envision Milwaukee trading for a shortstop like a Tim Anderson or a Paul DeJong, but it's no secret there hasn't been enough offense up the middle for Milwaukee.
One option that may be a bit under the radar but would fit Milwaukee's needs is Jon Berti of the Miami Marlins. Berti can fit in anywhere in the field you need. He has experience this year at second base, shortstop, third base, and the corner outfield. He's been an excellent defender across the board, which is something the Brewers are looking for.
On top of his excellent and versatile defense, Jon Berti is hitting .297 this year with a career low 18.1% strikeout rate. Berti also has speed, leading the league with 41 stolen bases last season, although he has swiped just 11 bags this year.
Berti is also affordable and controllable. He's making just $2.1MM this year and has a club option for $3.5MM for next year. He then has one more arbitration year remaining, so he's under control for 2.5 years at an inexpensive rate. Not bad for a guy hitting nearly .300 on the year.
The downside to Berti is that he doesn't provide much power. Just two home runs this year, he's never hit more than six home runs in a season in his career. Of course, hitting for such a high average and getting on base with a low strikeout rate still provides plenty of value to a Brewers lineup in need of such things. His defensive excellence and versatility will fit the Brewers needs. If second base needs some offense, Berti can do it. If right field needs help, Berti can play there.
Acquiring Berti would give the Crew a solid bat that can handle all of the rest of the positions of need after the Santana acquisition and, hopefully, after a Candelario acquisition. Even if Candelario doesn't come to Milwaukee, Berti plays plenty of third base and can provide a solid bat there, even if home runs aren't a part of his game.