~~The MLB trade deadline is on July 30th, which means that MLB teams have 21 more days to strike a deal. The Milwaukee Brewers are one of those teams. As Milwaukee's struggles continue, Brewers fans can't help but think whether their team will trade away one of their players. If the Brewers are devising a trade before the trade deadline, who should they go after in return?
During the Brew Crew's recent struggles, their starting pitching has been dismal. In the past three games against the last-place Phillies, the Brewers have allowed 16 runs. That's sad. Kyle Lohse and others have been solid for the most part, but they don't have a clear ace. They need a pitcher that can dominate and set them apart from anyone in the National League.
That's where David Price comes into the equation. Other than Jeff Samardzjia, Price has been the one pitcher that is practically guaranteed to be traded. Price currently plays for the Rays, who have surprisingly been the worst team in baseball. Like expected, Price has once again been Tampa's ace with a 8-7 record and an ERA of 3.42. Now, that may sound average, but he simply doesn't want to be in Tampa Bay anymore. And, who can blame him. As the team gets worse, the Rays are losing their fanbase and Price is losing his edge. Milwaukee would be a perfect destination for Price.
The Brewers need an ace and Price could be that ace that they've been looking for. But, remember; this is a trade. So, the Rays need someone in return. Milwaukee's two biggest trade targets are their two second basemen: Scooter Gennett and Rickie Weeks. If the Brewers were to perform a trade like this, I'm sure one of those two will be involved. It's one or the other. But, if the Brewers had to choose, they would probably deal Rickie Weeks since he is an older player who is struggling. Gennett, on the other hand, is considered their second baseman of the future.
If the Brewers trade Weeks and a top prospect for Price, then I think it would be a good deal for both teams. The Brew Crew would get their ace that they have been searching for and the Rays receive an elite defensive second baseman and a prospect to help them in the future. Unfortunately, it's not that easy. There are a ton of teams that are pursuing Price and are willing to trade for him. Milwaukee might have to settle for a different pitcher or not perform a trade at all. Although Price getting traded to the Brewers is unlikely, we should still keep in mind that it is a possibility.
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