Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers completed their trade deadline blockbuster by announcing that outfielder Ryan Cordell would go from the Lone Star state to the dairy state as the player to be named later. For those who may not remember the specifics, here is how the deal broke down:
C Jonathan Lucroy
The two-time All-Star was dealt with a year and a half of control remaining on his contract. Lucroy has been even better than Texas could’ve hoped, batting .291/.365/.605 with eight home runs in 96 plate appearances since being dealt while providing his signature stellar defense behind the plate.
RHP Jeremy Jeffress
Jeffress was having an excellent campaign as Milwaukee’s closer at the time he was traded and will have three more seasons of club control through arbitration. Unfortunately for Texas, he hasn’t been nearly as impactful of an addition as Lucroy has. In 9.0 innings with the Rangers, Jeffress has allowed four earned runs with a 6:5 K/BB ratio. He was also arrested for drunk driving on August 26th and is currently on the restricted list while completing rehab at an inpatient facility, though it’s not fair to assume that the same thing would have happened were Jeffress still pitching for Milwaukee.
OF Lewis Brinson
Brinson is currently rated as Milwaukee’s second-best prospect per MLB Pipeline and the 22 year old has 30 homer, 30 steal potential while playing stellar defense in center field. Brinson tore through the PCL in his first exposure to AAA after the trade, batting .382/.387/.618 with four home runs and four steals in 93 plate appearances.
RHP Luis Ortiz
Currently rated as the club’s fifth-best prospect, Ortiz throws three average-or-better pitches with above-average control and could be a number two or three starter in a big league rotation. The 20 year old threw 23.1 innings for AA Biloxi after the trade, posting a 1.93 ERA with a 16:10 K/BB ratio.
OF Ryan Cordell
Cordell, 24, slotted in as the club’s 18th-best prospect following his addition to Milwaukee’s farm system. He has an intriguing power/speed profile, slugging 19 home runs and stealing 12 bases for AA Frisco this season while batting .264/.319/.484 in 107 games. He did miss some time with a high ankle sprain but is reportedly healthy now and will participate in fall instructs. Cordell is yet another strong defender in center field (who will remain in the outfield with Milwaukee despite previous experience at third base) down on the farm for Milwaukee and could be a starting-caliber player at the MLB level if he can stave off the strikeouts.
So overall, in exchange for their closer and star catcher the Brewers got three prospects that are now ranked in the top 20 of the preeminent farm system in baseball. All three are close enough in proximity to the big leagues that we could conceivably see them at some point within the next year or two.
Are you satisfied with the package that the Brewers got in return for Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress?
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference