The Milwaukee Brewers officially traded for Mike Moustakas today (7/28/18) in exchange for OF Brett Phillips (Brewers #10 Prospect) and RHP Jorge Lopez. Phillips will go directly to the Royals MLB roster as he is no longer blocked by the talented Brewers outfield crop. Phillips hit .276 with 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, and a .799 OPS in 87 at-bats last season. He is 24-years-old and will be under Royals control through 2023. Lopez is a 25-year-old with an up and down professional career thus far. This season he has a 2.75 ERA in 19.1 IP with the Brewers after getting slapped around at the AAA level with a 5.65 ERA in 28.2 IP. He is essentially a throw in here while Phillips was the piece that got the deal done.
The Brewers will move Shaw over the second base, which was a problem area for them offensively. Shaw will move over with a .249 AVG, 19 HRs, and 59 RBIs. His .812 OPS is quite the upgrade out of the second base position. Moustakas will man third base with almost identical numbers: .249 AVG, 20 HRs, 62 RBIs, and a .778 OPS. Moose will lengthen their lineup and give them a boost during this intense National League Central Division race that is currently separated by one game. Moose also has plenty of playoff experience with back to back World Series runs in 2014 and 2015. Moose has hit only .222 in the postseason but has 6 HRs and 15 RBIs in 117 at-bats. His numbers do not jump off the page but Moose came up in some huge spots for the Royals during that two year window. This is an interesting add that should impact the NL Central race.
Scott Neville – Head Baseball Writer – WTF Sports