After falling one game short of the World Series, the Brewers will look to take the next step this season. They’re losing some key pieces in Mike Moustakas, Wade Miley, among others, so they’ll need to upgrade in the infield and in the rotation.
Current State: World Series Contender
Brewers Acquire OF Ben Gamel and RHP Noah Zavolas in Exchange For OF Domingo Santana
The Brewers have acquired outfielder Ben Gamel and pitching prospect Noah Zavolas in exchange for outfielder Domingo Santana. Gamel, 26, had a .728 OPS in a limited role with the Mariners last season. He’s an average defender at best, and an average hitter at best. Considering Santana had a 2017 campaign in which he had a .875 OPS and rated as an above average defender last year, you’d expect a little more MLB talent in return than Gamel, who is the Brewers’ 5th outfielder at best and is a significant downgrade to Santana. Zovalas, 22, was a 18th round pick by the Mariners in 2016 who had a 3.03 ERA between Low-A and High-A. Considering his draft status, he’s unlikely to make an impact major leaguer. This is a very underwhelming package for a bounce-back candidate who should have generated more interest. There was no urgency to make this trade, with Ryan Braun a candidate to regress with one year left on his deal and Santana waiting to take over. Instead, the Brewers made a pointless trade that makes zero sense whatsoever.
*Will Be Updated With Every Move The Brewers Make