5. SP Zach Davies
Team Control until 2022
Why he will be traded: Davies is still young and has shown to be a consistent, albeit unspectacular starter in the major leagues. Making his major league debut not long after being acquired by the Brewers for Gerardo Parra, Davies has been one of the bedrocks of the Brewers rotation for the past two and a half seasons, even winning 17 games in 2017. Any team that trades for Davies will get a middle of the rotation arm who throws strikes and limits hard contact. A very similar pitcher to Kyle Hendricks, Davies could be a solid third or fourth pitcher for a playoff team for the forseeable future.
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Why he won’t be traded: Davies has seen his ERA creep up consistently over his career, with it skyrocketing in 2018. He’s also battled numerous injuries this season while consistently having setbacks with a back issue. Luckily for him, and the Brewers, he appears to be on the way back, embarking on a rehab assignment for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Another issue is his lack of effective velocity and whether he can continue to be effective as he gets older. He relies a lot on his location and changing the spin on his breaking stuff, which could be an issue as the injuries mount and his arm gets more wear on it. That could scare some teams off.
Will he get traded? Davies is a prime candidate to be a piece in a move for a more established, front-line starter. He would be a major league piece for a team to mix in with some prospects for a team in a pitchers park like the Giants or Padres. With Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Freddy Peralta, Corbin Burnes, and likely Jimmy Nelson penciled into next year’s rotation, Davies is likely the odd-man out, as is the next name on this list.