The Brewers could be looking to upgrade their rotation in an unconventional way.
Milwaukee is considering moving infielder Mike Moustakas or catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for a starter, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites unidentified league sources.
Moustakas is slashing .261/.333/.532 with 26 home runs and 60 RBIs for Milwaukee in 2019 while Grandal has hit 19 homers and driven in 54 runs in 98 games. Both players can become free agents after the season.
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"The return of Travis Shaw and emergence of Keston Hiura would make Moustakas perhaps easier to replace than Grandal, but the Brewers probably could find a cerebral, defensive-minded catcher. Baseball America recently ranked the team's farm system as the worst in the game, so a trade of a major leaguer might be a better way to improve."
The Brewers finished play Sunday one game behind the Cubs and Cardinals for first place in the National League Central. They're also a game out of the second wild-card spot with a 56-51 record.
"The way I would look at the (trade deadline) is, adding is meant to complement a good team that has a chance to get to and advance in the playoffs," Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns said earlier this month, via MLB.com. "And, certainly my belief is that this team has the ability to get to that point."
The Brewers have reportedly explored dealing for Rangers left-hander Mike Minor, Tigers ace Matthew Boyd and Mets righty Noah Syndergaard, amongst others.
"We would like to be in a position to add to this team. That is our preference," Stearns said. "And I anticipate that's where we are going to be."
Brewers All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff was placed on the injured list last week with a left oblique strain. He's expected to miss about six weeks.