3. Trevor Bauer for package around Keston Hiura
Trevor Bauer‘s name was recently connected to the Astros and Yankees in some trade rumors, but if you’er a Tribe fan, you’re probably not looking to give a guy to a team you might have to play in the postseason.
So, what’s the next best option? Milwaukee. The Brewers entered the All-Star break a 1/2 game behind the Cubs in the NL Central.
Keston Hiura would be Cleveland’s long-term solution at second base, with Jason Kipnis probably in his last season as Indian. Hiura is batting .329 with a .1088 OPS. He’s clubbed 19 homers.
With Milwaukee’s brightest star, Christian Yellich in his prime, it’d be in Milwaukee’s best interest to “go for it.” Mike Moustaskas started 42 games second base this season is and coming off an All-Star appearance.
Hiura has been promoted and is the starting second baseman right now, but if you’re the Brew Crew and your serious about making a run, perhaps you considering moving the Moose back to to second and dealing Hiura.
Hiura hit .329 with a .1088 OPS. He’s clubbed 19 homers. He’s batting .257 with a .793 OPS in 110 plate appearances with the big-league club.
It’s been pointed out here before, that Bauer’s value is never going to be higher. He can help a team in two postseasons, and even better for the Brewers, he can help Milwaukee catch the Cubs and earn an October berth.