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Buying at the trade deadline doesn’t mean “mortgaging the future” of the Milwaukee Brewers

July 14th, 2017 at 6:24 PM
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When the Milwaukee Brewers take the field at Miller Park tonight against the Phillies to begin the second half of the 2017 MLB regular season, they’ll do so with a 5.5 game lead in the National League Central. That obviously didn’t sit too well with the reigning world champion Chicago Cubs, who yesterday went out and made a blockbuster deal with the crosstown White Sox to bring Jose Quintana into the fold.

The Brewers don’t appear to be content with resting on their laurels prior to this year’s trade deadline and are reportedly planning on being buyers. In fact, Milwaukee was one of a few other teams that were said to be involved in conversations regarding Quintana before he wound up going to the Cubs. When the deal was announced and the prospect package that the Cubs gave up was revealed, however, a collective gasp went up from the fans around Milwaukee. Headlining the deal was one of the league’s top prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez, along with top-100 arm Dylan Cease and lesser pieces in Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. When Adam McCalvy tried to come up with a comparable package from Milwaukee’s system, #BrewersTwitter went into a collective frenzy:

For those that are opposed to Milwaukee making any significant trades this summer, the phrase “We can’t mortgage the future!” has become a rallying cry. If the interactions that BCB have been getting on Facebook and Twitter are any indication, most fans are not in favor of dealing away prospects in an effort to make the playoffs this season.

If reports are true, however, it does not appear as though David Stearns and the Brewers’ front office are in agreement with those fans. According to Bob Nightengale, the Cubs “thwarted” Milwaukee’s “aggressive attempt” to acquire Jose Quintana. Per Jon Heyman, the Brewers are planning to be buyers at the trade deadline this summer. As Adam McCalvy noted in his latest mailbag, Slingin’ Stearns has said that he is open to any moves that make the organization in the near-term and long-term. “I’m pretty sure we should believe him,” the Brewers’ beat writer quipped.

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Tags: Bob Nightengale, July 13, 2017, MLB Pipeline’s prospect list, Shepherd Express article

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