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.

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#3 Brewers right field trade target - Lane Thomas, Washington Nationals

Now perhaps the Brewers decide not to go the rental route and work out a bigger trade for someone with more control. Yes, Milwaukee has a bunch of young outfield depth with players like Wiemer, Frelick, Garrett Mitchell, and top prospect Jackson Chourio (who is still at Double-A) in the system. But that hasn't always stopped them from making a move in the past.

Maybe, then, Milwaukee could swing big for a player like the Nationals' Lane Thomas. In his third season with Washington after being traded there by the Cardinals in the Jon Lester deal, the outfielder is hitting .289 with a .819 OPS and leading the team with 15 homers and 51 RBI.

Thomas has primarily played in right field this season for the Nationals with 93 of his 94 starts coming there, though he played a good amount at all three outfield positions last season and offers a good amount of flexibility.

Three of the Nationals top five prospects are outfielders but none are past the Double-A level, so even though Washington will be sellers, they will be hard pressed to part with Thomas, who is their top offensive performer not only in the outfield but on the team as a whole. The question is whether, with two years of control remaining, they want to move him while they can still get something for him.

The Brewers would have to give up a lot to get this deal done at a position where they already have depth, making it one of the more unlikely moves. Crazier things have happened at MLB trade deadlines, though.