Milwaukee Brewers: Options to fill the hole at second base

MILWUAKEE, WI - OCTOBER 19: A general view of the exterior of Miller Park prior to Game 6 of the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, October, 19, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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So this is admittedly laughable on the surface. The Milwaukee Brewers likely will not be looking to the trade market, especially after getting burned on Jonathan Schoop. However, there is no real way to count it out so here we are.

If you don’t believe that there could be a surprise move to fill the void at second base, ask yourself one question. Did you think the Milwaukee Brewers would get Alex Claudio? If your answer is yes, then you are probably lying. But I respect it.

With that in mind, who could be potential trade options? Second base is not a place where multiple teams are eager to part with their assets. The only real talked about trade option is Jason Kipnis who is making large sums of money without performing. However, the Indians would be willing to take on part of that contract.

Outside of Kipnis, I can provide several odd guesses at potential trade targets that have no rumor mill backing.

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First, we look to the Detroit Tigers. They have a guy named Nikko Goodrum who exceeded all expectations. He is decent, and still pretty controllable. The only reason he is here is because the Tigers are in a state of rebuild, so they will depart with almost anyone for a price. Though they would not be actively shopping Goodrum.

Another name I want to throw out there is Dee Gordon. He is a long time second baseman who converted to outfield. With Jerry Dipoto in charge of his contract, anything can happen. Literally anything.

The last name I want to throw out there is old friend Jonathan Villar. Following the Rule 5 Draft where the Orioles took Richie Martin and traded for Drew Jackson, they look to be trying to start their  infield future now. With Rio Ruiz there to play third, Villar is likely more expendable than people might think.

This seems like a good time to reiterate that outside of Kipnis, there is no backing to any of these names. They are just guesses.

Next. Do the Dodgers have the Bryce Harper edge?. dark

Either way, trading is not likely for the Milwaukee Brewers for anything except a starting pitcher. They will either look to the free agent market or their own organization. My best guess is that Tyler Saladino walks away with the job on Opening Day.