The Milwaukee Brewers have an obvious need in the infield, and they could be looking at their neighbors to the north for help. Ken Rosenthal says that one team has asked the Minnesota Twins about getting both Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar and he guesses that it’s our beloved Brewers.
Heard two interesting things today that give insight into how creatively teams think at deadline. One club - I’m guessing #Brewers - asked #Twins about getting BOTH Dozier and Escobar. Likewise, some teams are asking #Orioles about getting Bundy or Gausman along with Britton.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2018
The two middle infielder would offer a huge upgrade to Milwaukee’s offense. Escobar is in the middle of one of his best seasons while splitting time between shortstop and third base. He currently sports a line of .273/.332/.506 with a wRC+ of 122.
On the other hand, Dozier is having an uncharacteristically bad season. He’s an adequate enough defender, but his offense has been poor. He has a slash of .225/.310/.414 with a wRC+ of 95. That’s still better than the players playing second now. He has shown improvement in the last few weeks. Since the first of July, Dozier has hit .262/.338/.554 with five homers.
Both players are rentals, and would hit free agency after the season. Unlike Manny Machado, it’s not unlikely that the Brewers could resign at least one after the season.