Fans of the Cleveland Guardians may be overvaluing Aaron Civale in trade ideas.
The offseason is here and the Cleveland Guardians are already surprising everyone by acquiring Josh Bell and Mike Zunino while trading away Owen Miller and Nolan Jones in the span of a few weeks. The team is rumored to be active in the trade market still, with Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale being chips they could look to trade, either to improve the lineup or continue to strengthen the minor leagues.
So with two big arms on the market, allegedly, what could a trade look like for either? For Plesac, you may find more of a willing one-for-one situation, with a borderline All-Star coming back in a trade. His ceiling is higher than Civale, but Civale can be more consistent, even if that consistency isn’t better than the highs and lows of Plesac.
While for Plesac, you could see maybe two Top 30 or Top 40 prospects, coming back in a trade. Maybe even a reliever with a year or two of extra control.
One of the possibilities, that isn’t really a possibility, is landing a Top 5 prospect for either player. Maybe for both players, sure, but the idea that the Guardians could land a prospect like Milwaukee’s Joey Wiemer is unbelievable.
The Milwaukee Brewers are in the market for a pitcher
The Milwaukee Brewers are apparently interested in trading for a veteran pitcher, according to Ken Rosenthal, and the Cleveland Guardians could hook up with them for a trade. Possibly sending either Plesac or Ciavle to Milwaukee, but the idea that they’d move their third-best prospect in Wiemer for either is just unbelievable.
He’s a near-30 home run-hitting outfielder in the minors. His consistency at the plate, especially when it comes to home runs, is not really all that common, so for the Brewers to move on from such a potential impact player like Wiemer, you’d probably need to include Triston McKenzie or Cal Quantrill to land a prospect like Wiemer.
He’s 23, could play for a decade-plus in the outfield, and averages 30+ home runs per season. While I would love to land a prospect of his caliber for just Plesac or Civale, or packages with them as the centerpiece, I have to think Milwaukee has more of a clue than that to just give up on such a touted prospect for a middling fourth starter.