MLB Rumors: Brewers To Trade “Significant Player” At Winter Meetings

The Milwaukee Brewers have never been mistaken for a big-market team. But it must be frustrating for the fans to watch a team that was in first place as recently as midseason this year now selling off assets. First they dealt slugger Hunter Renfroe to the Los Angeles Angels. Now we're hearing that they want to "reduce their exposure to the salary arbitration process" (i.e. save money), which means that another trade is on the way.

"They have a lot of players right now who are eligible for salary arbitration. That's making for a very very busy offseason for the front office," said MLB Insider Jon Morosi, "which leads me to believe that the chances of them trading a significant player are pretty good between now and the end of The Winter Meetings."

Ok, so who are the names the Brewers might move? 

"Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff: I believe the price tag on both of them is exceptionally high. I would say not as likely to trade a pitcher as perhaps a position player. And in that conversation: Kolten Wong and Willy Adames. I think it's a much higher chance that Wong or Adames might be moved."

Last week, we reported that Adames has spoken to the Brewers about the possibility of a contract extension, so that would jibe with Morosi's follow-up:

"The higher chance is Kolten Wong. Left-handed bat, infielder, a pretty unique player to move because of what he can potentially add to the Seattle Mariners, who want to add a left-handed bat." This possibility was, in fact, something we reported on last month.

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