Milwaukee Brewers: 5 Right Field Trade Targets for the 2023 Trade Deadline

Help could be out there for the worst offensive position on the team.
Adam Duvall, Boston Red Sox
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Two things have been true for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. They haven't had a very good offense and the right field position has been responsible for much of that issue.

The Brewers come into Thursday scoring an average of 4.17 runs per game, tied for 24th in MLB. Meanwhile, per FanGraphs, Milwaukee right fielders have compiled a .212 batting average that ranks second lowest in the league and an OPS of .629 that ranks third worst in MLB.

Currently, the Crew is using a trio of Tyrone Taylor, Blake Perkins, and Raimel Tapia to strike little fear in the eyes of opposing pitchers. And No. 2 prospect Sal Frelick, who it was once thought might eventually take over that position this year, hasn't looked as good offensively at Triple-A this year as he did last year and may not end up being the solution to that problem this year after all.

Luckily, the 2023 MLB trade deadline is right around the corner and in over the next couple weeks, the Brewers will see who out there might be worth bringing in to upgrade the offense. At right field, there are several options that could be worth looking in to for that offensive boost.

Here are five right field trade targets the Brewers can pursue at the 2023 MLB trade deadline.

#1 Brewers right field trade target - Adam Duvall, Boston Red Sox

The Brewers have a history of making trades with the Red Sox that worked out in their favor, acquiring Travis Shaw prior to the 2017 season and trading for Hunter Renfroe last season. Perhaps they could make another move work with outfielder Adam Duvall.

The 34-year-old is posting some of his more solid offensive numbers in recent years. In 37 games (more on that in a bit), Duvall is hitting .258 with a .848 OPS, 11 doubles, seven homers, and 25 RBI, though his strikeout rate is a little elevated at 31.0%. That's not terribly far off of his career 28.6% rate, though.

Duvall also comes with the benefit of defensive flexibility. While he has played plenty of right field over the last few seasons, he has played even more at center and could spell rookie Joey Wiemer there when needed.

The move would come with some injury risk. Duvall hit the 60-day injured list on account of a sprained left wrist with the Braves late last season while the Red Sox just activated him from the 60-day IL a month and a half ago after breaking a bone in the same wrist.

He is seemingly healthy now, though, and would be a rental anyway as he is a free agent after this season, so there would be no long-term commitment. The biggest question, though, is whether the Red Sox will be sellers as they are only 2.5 games out of an AL Wild Card spot and 7-3 in their last 10 games. Should they fade close to the deadline, though, keep an eye out for Duvall as a target.