The trade deadline is approaching quickly. Trades have to be in to the commissioner’s office by 3 pm CDT tomorrow, putting us just over 24 hours away from the deadline. There is still plenty that can happen in that time, and the Brewers could be involved in it. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers are still in active discussions leading up to the deadline.
#Brewers, after adding Soria and Moustakas, continue to seek upgrades, per sources. Interested in adding a starting pitcher and a catcher.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2018
In the past few weeks, the Brewers have been connected to several starting pitchers. Among those pitchers have been Zack Wheeler, Chris Archer, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Gibson, and Matt Harvey. However, it appears unlikely that the Brewers will acquire one of the elite starters on this list. The Athletic reported yesterday that while the Brewers have the ability to add one, it’s unlikely because they won’t part with Keston Hiura or Corbin Burnes. That leaves Kyle Gibson and Matt Harvey as options, though those would not be as dramatic of an upgrade to acquire.
Meanwhile, on the catcher side, there haven’t been as many reports, but the Brewers have shown interest in a few players. One player the Brewers have been linked to is Wilson Ramos, who is currently recovering from a left hamstring strain. The most recent report from Marc Topkin says that Ramos still needs a few more days, which reduces the chances he will be traded.
There are other catchers potentially on the market as well. Though not directly linked to the Brewers yet, A.J. Ellis of the Padres is a potential piece the Brewers could look at, and could fit with the team. J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins as also been on the trading block, but that could be a higher price to acquire. For a smaller upgrade, Devin Mesoraco of the Mets has been mentioned as on the trading block, though his stats haven’t been as nice this year. There’s also other options out there, which the Brewers are likely looking at as well.
While there is a push to get something done before tomorrow, it’s also worth remembering that this is just the non-waiver trade deadline that is approaching tomorrow. Trades can still happen after that, but any players involved will have to pass through waivers first. As a result, it’s not likely that a big trade will happen after tomorrow, but it’s still possible. If the Brewers want to make a major upgrade, the next 24 hours will be the best time to do it.