All right guys, so the Brewers didn't get my top two choices for 1st base in Justin Moreneau and Logan Morrison. With that being said my next option that I would like to see the Brewers pursue is Justin Smoak from Seattle. He is a former first round draft choice by the Rangers who has struggled in the majors. My hope is that he'd pull a Chris Davis as a former Texas draft choice with a lot of power who recently broke out. This post is just my idea of a trade that could bring Smoak to Milwaukee. I'm interested to hear other ideas for the Brewers' quest for a first baseman. With that being said, my trade proposal would include the Yankees and obviously the Mariners, and would look like this:
MIL - Justin Smoak, Ichiro Suzuki
So, essentially, the Brewers would send Weeks to the Yankees and Estrada and Khris Davis to the Mariners for Smoak and Ichiro. I don't mind having Ichiro. The Yankees would probably want to dump his contract and I'd be interested in having him in Milwaukee although I realize he is no longer the player he once was. Smoak is no guarantee to turn into Mark Teixeira or Chris Davis, but I think he's worth a shot for the Brewers. Furthermore, he has gotten better gradually over the past few years.
From the Yankees end, they would essentially be swapping Ichiro and Nunez for Weeks and Paxton. We would probably have to eat some of Weeks' contract but he does have upside as a power hitting second baseman and right now the Yankees don't have many options for that position. Not having to give up a lot to acquire him, I think the Yankees might take a chance on Weeks like they did with Vernon Wells. In Paxton, they would get a hard throwing lefty which is always a hot commodity in baseball.
Finally, the Mariners have a need at shortstop and the rotation. Rather then overpaying for a free agent starter, Estrada would give them a mid rotation starter with a low salary. Over the past two years, Estrada has proven that he can be a decent MLB starter and would fit nicely in the spacious confines of Safeco. Nunez can hit a little and steal bases at shortstop which is valuable given the overall market for shortstops. Davis would give them further depth for outfield/DH and possible insurance for Corey Hart. All in all, the Mariners will inexpensively fill a number of needs through this trade which would allow them to possibly sign a proven bat to protect Cano.