As far as desperation goes, I put the Milwaukee Brewers near the top of the list of teams who need a championship. They’ve never actually won the whole dang thing in their history. Now is the time to push all-in and bring a parade to town.
The Brewers have an incredible lineup led by 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich. They can outscore anybody. If they’re going to win, they will need to.
This is because their starting pitching has been abysmal. Injuries have eaten them up alive, forcing the Brewers to give more starts to guys who don’t belong in the big leagues.
Last year’s Milwaukee team overpowered teams thanks to a spectacular bullpen. Aside from closer Josh Hader, they haven’t been quite the same in 2019. Because of this factor, it’s even more essential the Brewers get the Mets on the phone to see what it will take to land Syndergaard.
Down on the Brewers’ farm, several of their best prospects are position players. They include several outfielders and middle infielders. For the Mets, I would look to acquire a right-handed hitting outfielder who has enough talent to play center field. Ideally, he would have speed with a ceiling to suggest he’s a top-of-the-order player.
Unfortunately, none of the Brewers outfield prospects currently match this description perfectly. Still, they have some intriguing names including infielder Mauricio Dubon who has punished Triple-A pitchers plenty this year.
More than anything, the Mets need to get a guy who can find a place on the Mets roster as soon as 2020. Whether it’s an arm or a bat, they need at least one of the guys they get back for Syndergaard to contribute almost immediately. Otherwise, why not undertake a larger rebuild?