David Stearns did it again.
Without any rumors providing warning, the Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly swung a massive deal, trading Zach Davies and Trent Grisham to the San Diego Padres for shortstop prospect Luis Urias and left-handed starting pitcher Eric Lauer.
*Zach* Davies, as @Ken_Rosenthal subsequently corrected.
It’s a significant move for the Brewers, who could play Urias at shortstop or third base depending on what they do with Orlando Arcia and Travis Shaw at Monday’s tender deadline. https://t.co/38uvsxhgMM
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) November 27, 2019
This is, obviously, surprising for a lot of reasons.
For one, Grisham figured to be a part of the long-term outfield picture for the Brewers after breaking out as a prospect in 2019 and Ryan Braun’s career coming to a close. Davies has long been the most consistent starting pitcher the Brewers have had in their rotation.
But Urias is considered one of the best middle infield prospects in the game (and as Adam McCalvy noted, one of the best prospects in baseball, period), and could ultimately be the one to force Orlando Arcia into a reserve role. Lauer is a solid starting pitcher in his own right, putting…