Brewers and Rays Get Together on a Four-Player Trade, with Willy Adames Going to Milwaukee

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Brewers and Rays Get Together on a Four-Player Trade, with Willy Adames Going to Milwaukee

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With the Tampa Bay Rays loaded up on middle infielders, including Wander Franco on the way, it was apparently time to unload a productive guy who was approaching arbitration.

And the Milwaukee Brewers are the benefactor:

Adames, 25, has had a brutal start to the 2021 season, and his increasing strikeout rates were no doubt a concern for the Rays (never trade with the Rays, by the way). But he’s got a good glove, a line drive stroke, and has been pretty productive in his young career:

(via FanGraphs)

The Brewers have long been looking for a shortstop, with Orlando Arcia not producing against any team not named the Cubs, and Luis Urias not yet establishing himself. So Adames will step right in and probably be a considerable upgrade to the overall mix (whether he initially plays shortstop or third base, with Travis Shaw moving across the diamond).

Richards, 28, is an up-and-down guy who is only recently converted to the bullpen. Not quite sure what he’s gonna be for the Brewers yet beyond a replacement relief arm.

As for what the Brewers are giving up, Rasmussen and Feyereisen are both cost-controlled relievers who’ve had a fair bit of success already, and it isn’t painless for the Brewers to give them up. But getting a pre-arb shortstop who might settle in as a quality starter for a few years there? I can see why the Brewers jumped when the Rays were looking to open up a spot for Franco (probably).


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