The Milwaukee Brewers — off to a 3-14 start — are likely to begin rebuilding their entire team sooner rather than later. Manager Ron Roenicke may be the first piece to go, but it would hardly be surprising to see multiple players traded before the trade deadline.
One of the players who could be on the go is shortstop Jean Segura and the Brewers are “constantly” getting calls from other teams regarding his availability, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Segura, 25, was acquired by the Brewers in 2012 in a trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels. After a great 2013 season with the team, Segura has seen his play fall down significantly. In 2014, his batting average was only at .246 and he only hit five home runs and 31 RBI. The 2015 season is still young but Segura has played much better, hitting .302 with one home run and five RBI.
While Segura is a valuable piece for the team now and in the future, he is not untouchable. The Brewers have plenty of other internal options at shortstop, so if they trade Segura, they wouldn’t be hurting at the position.
Two possible options to replace Segura include Luis Sardinas, who was acquired this offseason in a trade that sent right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers, and Hector Gomez, a career journeyman until he came on last season with Triple-A Nashville.
If the Brewers do in fact trade Segura, Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron sees the San Diego Padres as a realistic trade partner. If the two sides can complete a trade, Cameron sees the potential return as Odrisamer Despaigne, Brandon Maurer, and one of either Alexi Amarista/Clint Barmes.
A deal is highly unlikely to be completed this early in the season, but if the Brewers continue to struggle, it’s very possible we see them deal Segura and other players by the July 31 trade deadline.
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