3 keys for Milwaukee Brewers after Kolten Wong trade

On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers made another franchise-changing decision, sending second baseman Kolten Wong to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro.

The move certainly helps the Mariners as the franchise solved their questions at second base by acquiring the 32-year-old Wong, who slashed .251/.339/.430 last season with 15 homers and 47 RBI in 134 games last season. But what about the Brewers? Is this another move destined to send Milwaukee further down the NL Central standings or a swap that could have benefits for the Brew Crew? Let’s take a look.

These 3 things will need to happen for the Milwaukee Brewers for the Kolten Wong trade to be a success

After last season’s deal that sent Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres and seemed to curse the rest of the season in Milwaukee, which finished just outside the NL postseason picture, this offseason has already seen Hunter Renfroe traded to the Los Angeles Angels. Renfroe didn’t mince words on his way out of town about Milwaukee’s financial decisions.

First, a Winker comeback

Winker’s first year in Seattle after coming over in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds was a disaster, finishing with the lowest OPS+ (103) of his six-year MLB career. Getting back into the NL Central could be the tonic the 29-year-old Winker needs, and playing in Milwaukee could be a big boost to his numbers as well.

If Winker can rediscover his comfort zone in Milwaukee, it will take some of the sting out of losing Renfroe’s 2.7 bWAR from a year ago.

There is also hope that the rebirth for Winker could come because he will once again be healthy.

Second, a rookie uprising

Another thing that must happen for this trade to be successful for the Brewers is that highly regarded prospect Brice Turang must be able to step in at second base in Wong’s absence and perform well. With Wong on the roster, finding consistent playing time for Turang was going to be difficult. Now, the 23-year-old Turang has the opportunity to make the position his, with Toro likely serving as a backup as a part of his utility role.

Third, enough is enough

Are the Brewers done with the roster overhaul? According to reports, pitchers Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff. That puts an end to a rumor about one or both also leaving the franchise via trade, and is a good sign for Brewers fans that things might actually be calming down.

The recent trades have brought plenty of questions about the franchise’s direction and what is to come. However, if Milwaukee can get production from a healthy Winker, see Turang make his mark as a rookie, and finally see the light at the end of a roster-shuffling tunnel, the Kolten Wong trade could eventually become a win for the Brewers.