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
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
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
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.