By: Noah Wright
The Brewers just made a deal with The Royals to acquire third baseman Mike Moustakas from KC for young outfielder Brett Phillips and pitcher Jorge Lopez. Now that The Brewers acquired Moustakas, it’s likely that they will move current third baseman Travis Shaw over to second base. For The Brewers, Moustakas is having an ok season so far. Overall he’s batting .249/.309/.468 with 20 home runs, 62 RBI’s, and 107 wRC+ in 417 plate appearances. His glove at third is also a thing to note. So far, he has 2 DRS, and is worth .3 WAR defensively with 2.4 UZR.
On the returning end of the deal, The Royals will receive 2 young players. The most notable being outfielder Brett Phillips. The Brewers originally acquired Phillips in the blockbuster deal that sent then all-star level outfielder Carlos Gomez and starter Mike Fires to The Astros for Phillips, Josh Hader, Adrian Houser, and Domingo Santana. While the 24 year old Phillips is having a down year, only batting .182/.350/.273 in 24 plate appearances in the majors, and owns a 2018 line of .240/.331/.441 in Triple-A this season, he did play very well in Colorado Springs last season, and showed some promise in the majors when he batted .276/.351/.448 with 4 home runs, and 12 RBI’s in his first 98 plate appearances. Phillips brings a dynamic power/speed combo, along with a cannon of an arm, ranked 70/70 according to Fangraphs. The inclusion of Phillips in this trade likely stems from the fact that The Brewers have a crowded outfield. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich manning 2 OF spots, with a combination of Eric Thames, Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana (when he’s on The MLB roster) manning the 3rd spot. The other player The Royals got in the deal is right hander Jorge Lopez. Lopez is another former top prospect who’s fallen on hard times performance wise, as he has not pitched to an ERA or FIP below 4 since 2015 in the minors. Plus, he has also been inconsistent in the majors this season. Lopez currently has a 2.75 ERA, but a 4.28 FIP and 1.475 WHIP. He’s also been inconsistent with control too with a 5.9 walk/9 rate and just a 6.9 K/9 rate.