Brewers Aren’t Going To Mortgage Future For 2017
With Milwaukee Brewers being in first place, they’re obviously in trade talks with certain players. It’s hard for a time to be a contender and not look at how they can add talent before the trade deadline. Many Brewers fans are concerned the team will mortgage valuable assets ruining the rebuild all together. We need to have an understanding on why Brewers have so many prospects, and why it’s okay to trade a few of them to make your team better.
There are nine starting roster spots and 25 on the Major League roster. Simply put, there isn’t enough room for everyone who is making their way to the big leagues. There are multiple guys at the same position As well as people who I’m sure Brewers believe will not be the star that their prospect rating is making them out to be. They know the guys who have long-term impact on this roster. I promise you that’s the case with David Stearns. If anything the Brewers GM knows, it’s prospects.
Currently, Brewers are apparently the favorite to land Sonny Gray from Oakland A’s. Gray is having a solid year for A’s, but not back to the ace-like stuff he showed a few years back. Gray has a Milwaukee connection as Derek Johnson, Brewers pitching coach, was his head coach at Vanderbilt. Last week, a report came out saying Lewis Brinson and Josh Hader had to be part of any deal for Jose Quintana (Now on Cubs) or Gray. Brewers will keep their team the way it is if that’s the case, and it could be the reason why they’re peaking at J.A. Happ from Toronto.
Happ doesn’t have ace-like stuff such as Gray, yet he’s a reliable pitcher who can steady the rotation. He’s a left-hander which helps this team and can strike guys out on occasion. With one year of control, Happ will come much cheaper than Gray. My guess is the news regarding Happ getting out had something to do with Brewers telling Oakland ‘We’ll move on if your price tag remains this high.’ Brewers putting themselves in a trade rumor with a lesser player should make you feel better about Milwaukee not having a mortgage sale.
Brewers fans need to understand that this team is good. I don’t know how many times I can say that. It’s gotten to the point where I’m sick and tired of hearing people talk about a collapse. I’m also tired of the people who think Brewers rebuild will crumble if they trade a few guys away.
Brewers have more talent than nearly anyone in baseball when it comes to prospects, and for that reason, they can make some real moves.