Tuesday, June 20, 2017
(6/20/2017 02:30:00 PM) - Al
I have briefly talked about this before, but I have never went in depth on it. We do not know if the Brewers will remain in contention, or even over the .500 mark. If they do, I certainly do not expect any franchise altering trades. However, a minor addition or two, a bench bat (sorry, an addition to the position player group), a bullpen piece (maybe even two) could probably be expected.
The Brewers, like all teams, can only protect 40 players in the offseason. Right now, their 40 man roster has 39 players on it. They will have to add 5-9 prospects to it (Woodruff already has been, so perhaps on the low end). Usually, teams lose several free agents each offseason, but the Brewers have very few of the traditional type of FA's (6+ years experience, expiring contract), so they will have to find room in other ways; either through trades, nontenders, or not offering players a major league contract.
So, basically, a trade involving Brett Phillips or any true prospect, is very unlikely. However, there are others either on the 40 or that will have to be added to the 40 to be protected from the Rule 5 draft that could be dealt, or risk losing them for nothing, either in minor league free agency or the Rule 5.
Two quick lists, one I will call "bottom feeders"...no offense intended, they are on the 40 man, but not the 25 man, and are not considered top prospects. However, any or all may have nice major league careers, but probably will never be stars.
The 2nd is a list of guys who will have to be added to the 40 in the offseason or risk being lost in the Rule 5. I will asterisk the "prospects" that are ranked in the top 30 by MLB.com, as those are far more likely to be protected. And no, I am not 100% positive on this list, as rules are sometimes tough for the layman to follow.
Bottom feeders on the 40 man
Cravy (AAA DL)
Houser (AAA DL, will miss season due to injury)
Rule 5 eligible
D Williams* (will miss season due to injury)
6/20/2017 02:30:00 PM