Brewers Rumors: Crew Nearly Had Trade With Toronto Blue Jays

Shortly before the MLB lockout began, the Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade with the Boston Red Sox, acquiring outfielder Hunter Renfroe in exchange for Jackie Bradley Jr. and a couple of prospects. That was apparently not the only offer on the table.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers were dangling JBJ in trade talks to everyone and were trying to find a partner. They nearly had one north of the border with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Brewers were trying to shed Bradley’s contract and add a veteran to their outfield mix. The reported offer on the table from the Blue Jays was JBJ for outfielder Randal Grichuk in a straight up, one-for-one trade.

The Milwaukee Brewers could’ve traded Jackie Bradley Jr.without losing any prospects, but took the Renfroe deal. Why?

The one for one swap of Bradley and Grichuk is interesting to think about. Grichuk has a low-OBP and higher strikeout profile, similar to Renfroe, and acquiring him wouldn’t have cost two solid prospects in Alex Binelas and David Hamilton.

Both Grichuk and Renfroe will be in their age-30 seasons in 2022.

So why did the Brewers take the deal with the Red Sox that cost the prospects on top? A couple of reasons.

Firstly, Renfroe had a much better season in 2021. Renfroe hit .259/.315/.501 with 31 homers and a 112 OPS+ while Grichuk hit .241/.281/.423 with 22 homers and a 89 OPS+. The ceiling is…

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