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3 Players the Brewers Need to Explore Trading in the Offseason

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 16:  Travis Shaw #21 of the Milwaukee Brewers is congratulated by Ryan Braun #8 on scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the second inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on June 16, 2019 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The 2019 season ended in overwhelming disappointment for the Milwaukee Brewers. They were two innings away from securing a spot in the NLDS before they collapsed in the eighth inning against the Nationals, and now they're faced with some critical decisions if they want to compete again in 2020. In order to do so, they need to start by exploring the trade market for these three players.

3. Corey Knebel

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20:  Corey Knebel #46 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game Seven of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - Los Angeles Dodgers v Milwaukee Brewers - Game Seven | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Even though he didn't throw a single pitch in 2019, the Brewers could get quite the return if they were to trade the injured Knebel this offseason. Their bullpen wouldn't take much of a hit, and they could improve their farm system or another area of the roster. It could be a mutually beneficial deal, especially since Knebel is expected to make at least $5 million in arbitration.

2. Travis Shaw

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 26: Travis Shaw #21 of the Milwaukee Brewers bats during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 26, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers defeated the Reds 5-3. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Cincinnati Reds | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Shaw's 2019 campaign was simply uninspiring, and if the Brewers end up bringing back Mike Moustakas, then there's no need for him to be on the roster. He still has plenty of upside and could be an intriguing option for a rebuilding team in need of a power bat, but with Moustakas and the emergence of Keston Hiura, there's no room for him in the infield. It would be best to get something or him rather than having him sit in the minors or on the bench.

1. Ryan Braun

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: Ryan Braun #8 of the Milwaukee Brewers at bat against the Washington Nationals during the National League Wild Card game at Nationals Park on October 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Wild Card Round - Milwaukee Brewers v Washington Nationals | Will Newton/Getty Images

Sure, Ryan Braun had a productive season in 2019, but the Brew Crew need to free up some money and the man is owed $21 million in 2020. With the emergence of Trent Grisham, the Brewers can have their outfield feature him, Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich. Freeing up Braun's money could allow them to retain Mike Moustakas or Yasmani Grandal, or, even better, go after a starting pitcher in free agency.