Brewers, Phillies Swing Trade

Call it the appetizer before the main dish of trades get going this offseason in Major League Baseball, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies have completed a swap. 

The Phils send minor league infielder Oliver Dunn to the Brew Crew in exchange for fellow minor leaguers Hendry Mendez and Robert Moore. 

Teams were facing deadline of Tuesday afternoon to protect eligible minor leaguers from the Rule 5 draft, so the Phillies pulled off a two-for-one deal.

Dunn, 26, had just finished impressing scouts witha great performance at the Arizona Fall League, winning Breakout Player of the Year. He recorded a slash line of .342/.455/.616 with a 1.071 OPS, with two home runs and 11 RBI in 19 games. The Phillies, however, didn't see a spot for him on their 40-man, and risked losing him in the Rule 5 Draft, so they decided to strike while the iron was hot, getting two promising prospects in return to develop in their system.

Moore was the No. 15 prospect in the Brewers' system, while Mendez was No. 27. They are 20 and 21, respectively.

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