Improvement Plan

With a weak starting rotation and bad bullpen, the Brewers are fortunate to find themselves in first place at this point in the season. The team has played terrible baseball to open the second half and improvements are clearly needed to keep the club in contention. I am unsure as to why the team's management is so reluctant to part with its more highly regarded prospects. The organization could have pulled off a trade for Sonny Gray and Ryan Madson or Sean Doolittle several weeks ago. That was the time to make a move. Instead the Cubs got Quintana and the Brewers did nothing. I fear the division is now lost, regardless of the trades that might be executed by the front-office. Nevertheless, I have made an attempt at trying to improve the Brewers for the remainder of the 2017 season and beyond.

2017 Proposed in-season transactions:

1. Trade Ryan Braun and Zach Davies to the San Francisco Giants for Jeff Samardzija, Sam Dyson, and Matt Krook:

Trading Braun, the team's best offensive player, may not seem like a smart decision for a contending team. However, Braun is very expensive and he is frequently injured. Any trade involving Braun will need his approval. I have assumed that Braun, who is from California, will approve of a trade to the Giants. The Brewers receive Samardzija for Braun. Milwaukee includes Davies to give San Fran a starter in return to replace Samardzija. The Brewers receive Dyson to strengthen the bullpen. Dyson has multiple years of team control beyond 2017. Krook is a lefty pitching prospect with good stuff, but terrible control. I think Samardzija is an upgrade over Davies and I think Dyson will improve the bullpen.

2. Promote Keon Broxton to the active 25-man roster.

3. Remove Oliver Drake from the active 25-man roster.

4. Trade Lewis Brinson, Brandon Woodruff, Mauricio Dubon, Cody Ponce, and Monte Harrison to the Oakland Athletics for Sonny Gray, Jed Lowrie,and Ryan Dull:

Unlike the Brewers' front-office, I am willing to include the organization's top prospects in a deal to improve the current team. This trade gives Milwaukee an elite starter in his prime. Gray is a massive upgrade to the current rotation and he remains under team control through 2019. Lowrie gives Milwaukee a potential starting option at 2B. He too is under team control beyond 2017. Dull should not be overlooked in this deal. He is a low-cost reliever with good stuff. He is currently on the 10-day DL with a knee issue, but he should return very soon. Dull is another boost to the bullpen. He is under team control through 2021. The Brewers get a lot in this trade, but they have to sacrifice a lot as well. I think the Brewers should pay such a price.

5. Remove Wily Peralta from the active 25-man roster.

6. Remove Michael Blazek from the active 25-man roster.

7. Trade Tyrone Taylor to the New York Mets for Curtis Granderson:

Granderson should be an adequate replacement for Braun. He would give Milwaukee another left-handed bat. He has many years of post-season experience, which should benefit a young Brewers club.

8. Remove Keon Broxton from the active 25-man roster.

9. Remove Paolo Espino from the 40-man roster.

10. Trade Jake Gatewood to the Toronto Blue Jays for Joe Smith:

Smith provides the Brewers with more bullpen help.

11. Remove Carlos Torres from the active 25-man roster.

12. Remove Taylor Jungmann from the 40-man roster.

2017 Adjusted roster:

C - Manny Pina, 1B - Eric Thames, 2B - Jed Lowrie, 3B - Travis Shaw, SS - Orlando Arcia, LF - Curtis Granderson, CF - Brett Phillips, RF - Domingo Santana

BN/C - Jett Bandy, BN/1B - Jesus Aguilar, BN/IF - Jonathan Villar, BN/UT - Hernan Perez, BN/UT - Eric Sogard

SP - Jimmy Nelson, SP - Sonny Gray, SP - Jeff Samardzija, SP - Matt Garza, SP - Brent Sutter

SP/RP - Junior Guerra, RP - Josh Hader, RP - Jared Hughes, RP - Jacob Barnes, RP - Joe Smith, RP - Sam Dyson, RP - Corey Knebel

DL10 - Stephen Vogt, DL10 - Chase Anderson, DL10 - Ryan Dull