With their young pitching staff about to make their mark, the swap seems like a solid one for the Crew. However, Milwaukee may not be done swimming in the trade waters just yet.
The bullpen needs a tune-up—well, maybe a little more than just a tune-up. With the exception of John Axford, Milwaukee's bullpen is in need of a significant upgrade at almost every position. While signing free-agent relievers is an option, the Brewers should look to see what's available via the trade market.
GM Doug Melvin's first line of business, though, will be to sign a veteran starter. The odds are small that he will trade for one, so Melvin must scour the scarce pitching market.
If Milwaukee executes any trades, it will most likely be for a top-notch reliever or a reliable bat off the bench. Although if the Brewers were to sign Josh Hamilton, Carlos Gomez would become expendable.
Bullpen pitching is atop the want list, and Milwaukee may have to be willing to wave goodbye to some of its prospects to acquire such pitching.
Here are three low-key trades that would improve the Brewers.