Grading Each of the Milwaukee Brewers' Trades Made at the 2011 Deadline
Acquiring Francisco Rodriguez immediately following the MLB All-Star game in Arizona, the Brewers set the table for what would become a wild and crazy trade deadline around the league. They also dealt for second baseman Felipe Lopez and utility man Jerry Hairston, Jr.
So with the trade deadline finally a thing of the past, and a pennant race in store for Ron Roenicke's crew, let's take a look back at the trades made at the 2011 deadline.
Alec Dopp is a Milwaukee Brewers featured columnist on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter: @alecdopp.
Jerry Hairston, Jr.
One of the most closed-mouth trades of any at the deadline, there's no arguing the flexibility Hairston Jr. brings to Ron Roenicke's depth chart.
The loss of Carlos Gomez made this trade imperative for management to complete, as the left-handed-hitting Nyjer Morgan limits Roenicke's options against left-handed pitching.
In 2011, the right-handed-hitting Hairston is batting .264 with four HR and 24 RBI. His value as a player who can play multiple positions makes him a great acquisition for the Brewers.
He won't be an everyday player by any means, but when it comes to depth and personnel value to a playoff-caliber team, his benefit is invaluable.
Unlike Hairston Jr., Lopez fills arguably the most important void in Milwaukee's lineup, with Rickie Weeks likely to be gone for another three to four weeks.
Lopez was a member of the Brewers back in 2009, where he hit .320 with three home runs and 32 RBI and scored 44 runs in just 66 games. His value was critical two seasons ago, but his bat is now indispensable with the NL Central race heating up.
The Brewers had their eye on other potential candidates to fill in for Weeks at second base, but found an absolute gem when they re-acquired Lopez from the Rays' farm system at the deadline.
So far, Lopez is batting just .233 in 30 at-bats for Roenicke, and should see a substantial amount of starts with Weeks out of the lineup.
The Brewers were contemplating a flurry of other relievers, but management felt extremely confident with what Rodriguez would bring to the table.
News broke regarding Milwaukee's acquisition of the Mets' star reliever after the conclusion of the MLB All-Star game, and many analysts complemented the Brewers' aggressiveness in pursuing a power-relief arm like that of K-Rod.
Thus far, Rodriguez boasts a 2.70 ERA, has struck out 14 in just 10 innings of work and—most importantly—has executed his position near perfectly, already accumulating eight holds as the Brewers' eighth-inning setup man in just ten appearances.
If things keep up, there's no question the Brewers will only continue to flourish with their ever-improved bullpen.
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