[This spot was originally reserved for Jonathan Villar, who was promptly dealt to the Orioles for Jonathan Schoop as this article was being written.]
1. OF Keon Broxton
Team Control Until 2023
Why he will be traded: Broxton is a Gold Glove caliber outfielder who routinely makes plays like this look easy. That will always help a player find a major league home (see: Matthews, Gary Jr.). Throw in his ability to go 20-20 like he did in 2017, and Broxton could be an intriguing trade to a team that is looking for a starting center fielder. Plus, he’s controllable and low-risk salary-wise.
Why he won’t be traded: With Brett Phillips now in Kansas City, Broxton might be the only true center fielder who can back up Lorenzo Cain in 2019 without a drop off defensively. Corey Ray is likely a year away yet from contributing, leaving Broxton to be the fourth outfielder. And while his defense is exceptional and his counting stats solid, he’s got a lot of swing-and-miss in his game and may never be a legitimate major league starter at the plate. That could drop his value enough that he’s better as a backup for the Brewers.
Will he get traded? Broxton is someone who a team wouldn’t want to build a trade around, but as a complimentary piece, could bring some value back to Milwaukee. If this question was posed a month ago, Broxton would be almost a lock to be moved at the deadline. But with Phillips out of the picture and no other true center fielder in the system who is ready to contribute in 2019, Broxton might get another year patrolling the center at Miller Park.