So, the Cubs kick-start the MLB trade season with a big deal to acquire Jose Quintana from their cross-town rival White Sox for a quartet of prospects, including the #8 and #93 prospects in all of baseball. So, did the Brewers respond with a similar trade, such as the recently oft-rumored Sonny Gray deal? Well, not necessarily. However, they may have just improved their bullpen, one of the few parts of their squad which struggled on a fairly consistent basis in the first half of the season.
On Thursday, the Brewers announced a move that sent minor league first baseman Garrett Cooper to the New York Yankees in exchange for 26-year-old left hander Tyler Webb.
Cooper, also 26 years old himself, has had a fantastic year in AAA at Colorado Springs, hitting .366 with 17 HR and 82 RBI. While the hitter-friendly environment of Colorado may have had something to do with Cooper’s offensive explosion, he has shown some consistent power and overall talent since coming into the Brewers minor league system. However, there simply was just not enough room up at the big club for him, with both Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar having more than solidified their places on the Brewers roster.
Ryan Webb however, unlike Cooper, has had some major league experience. In fact, Brewers fans may be quite familiar with him after the team’s recent series in New York. Webb gave up two runs in two innings against the Brewers, both runs coming in Friday’s 9-4 victory off of a wild pitch and sacrifice fly. Overall, he gave up a total of 3 runs in 6 innings with the Yankees, but it was in the minors where he truly showed what he can bring to the Crew. Playing in 21 games for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the 6’6” Webb posted a respectable 3.24 ERA while holding a 47/3 K/BB ratio in 33.1 innings. Brewers fans will become even more familiar with Webb quickly, as the team announced during the writing of this article that Webb, along with OF Brett Phillips, will be assigned to Milwaukee Friday in the wake of starter Junior Guerra’s injury. In addition, Michael Blazek will be optioned to Colorado Springs.
So, who wins this trade? Both teams get important help at positions of need, and if this works out for the Crew, it could further propel David Stearns into the Wisconsin GM stratosphere. Regardless of what happens, we here at Cream City Central are looking forward to a great second half of the season. Play ball!