A trade where the Milwaukee Brewers just give up prospects.
Let’s say Angels general manager Perry Minasian convinces Moreno that he has to accept less than full value instead of losing Ohtani for nothing. If that happens, then the Milwaukee Brewers might be able to make a competitive offer.
Any trade would most likely have to involve top prospect Jackson Chourio. It may have been 15 years ago, but the Crew has precedence of parting with their top prospect. They gave up Matt LaPorta to get Sabathia and three other prospects.
Juan Soto was the last time a generational talent was available on the market before the trade deadline.
The San Diego Padres gave up seven players to get Soto from the Washington Nationals last year. The deal included the Padres’ top prospect along with their third-best future big leaguer.
Soto was still under team control. That is why the Padres had to give up that many players. It would probably take four or five players to get Ohtani out of Los Angeles since he would be on the roster for just three months.
In that case, one deal could look like this…
Getting a talent like Ohtani who can impact the game from the plate and the mound will probably take giving up two top-25 prospects in Chourio and Frelick.
The Milwaukee Brewers’ third-best prospect is catcher Jeferson Quero, but he is still at Double-A. They could try to entice the Angels to take him instead of Frelick. The Angels might not want to wait for his contributions, especially with Frelick knocking on the Major League door.
Hiura would be a reclamation project, but he is raking at Triple-A. Also, Luke Voit was part of the Soto trade, so Keston might be a similar type of trade chip.
Pitcher Carlos Rodriguez is the Crew’s 10th-best prospect. While the Padres had to give up their 18th-best prospect in the Soto deal, we are talking about trying to acquire a bonafide MVP candidate every year. So a higher-rated prospect is going to be needed to be thrown in the deal.
More players might have to be added to get Moreno’s approval. The Brewers also have pitchers Robert Gasser or Jacob Misiorowski to throw in.