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February 26, 2021

Cubs

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Hader 27 Majors LHRP Very low 3.0 31.4 16.7 14.7 11.8 15.5 19.1

Brewers

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Baez 28 Majors SS 2B Low 1.0 21.0 11.6 9.4 7.5 9.4 11.2
Bryant 29 Majors 3B OF High 1.0 22.3 19.5 2.8 2.2 2.8 3.4
Jensen Minors RHP 3.3 2.6 3.3 4
1 Comment
  1. Kurt Eger

    The reason this doesn’t make sense is the Brewers couldn’t afford to add both of these contracts, even if you threw in $10M in salary. Secondly, why would you trade for stud closer by giving away best two hitters? Hader gains value by closing out wins, if he is pitching on a losing team, he will get less usage, lower leverage situations, and by the way, he also would never get offered arbitration at nearly $19M per season and if the Cubs were stupid enough to do that, he would accept. More importantly, the Cubs would lose the chance to offer arbitration to both of the guys and either gain leverage in a long-term deal or comp A picks in the following draft.

    To put a point on it, you are trading away 7-9 WAR for 2021 to get back a RP who might produce 2.5 wins if he continues to be the best at what he does.

    6-7 WAR is the difference between a division pennant and a wild card or not even making the postseason.

    I can see why Milwaukee would want to do it, but they couldn’t afford it.

    I can see why the Cubs wouldn’t want to do it and yet would love the financial flexibility.

    Realistically, it comes down to timing. Had this been proposed in October, before the Brewers spent their available funds and before the top players in FA signed, it would have made more sense.

    If they could’ve signed LeMahieu to play 2B, moved Bote to 3B and signed Ozuna for LF instead of Pederson. Then this looks much more feasible.

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