Is Jacob deGrom Worth Squeeze For Brewers?
Yesterday, we discussed how Milwaukee Brewers would not go overboard when it came to trade pieces in the next two weeks. Today, we might contradict that point a little bit. Joel Sherman of the New York Post who is connected as anyone explained why New York Mets should consider trading ace Jacob deGrom as it would be a bridge to the start of a rebuilding future for this Mets team. Sherman put Brewers name in the conversation, and honestly, they’re one of the team that can do it with their prospect base not suffering too much.
The conversation would begin for Brewers with Lewis Brinson, and likely, Luis Ortiz. That’s the two names Sherman threw out there, but it’s reasonable to think that Brinson and Ortiz would be the starters to get this deal into reality. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Brinson is as good as everyone says he is, but he isn’t as much of a sacred cow as Josh Hader. There’s a difference between the two players, and while both are likely untouchable, Hader is more off the table than Brinson.
There are some worthwhile concerns about deGrom. He is a great home pitcher for his whole career. One could argue that’s Citi Field being a pitcher’s park elevated his career. Others could say he’s extremely comfortable with his routine at home, and that plays a part in his success. For this season, the numbers show a couple things for his away game splits. deGrom’s ERA currently sits at 4.65 on the road but his K/9 is up on the road plus his BB/9 rate is down away from home. But where the problem lies is giving up nearly two homers per nine innings which is way up from home numbers which are under one.
We shall see if Milwaukee will pull the trigger on something to this magnitude. My guess is they will not make this type of move in 2017. Could we see in 2018 or 2019? Maybe, but a player probably not named deGrom.