Part of the reason the Brewers are so good is due to their massive pitching depth. Both the starting rotation and bullpen have been the Brew Crews bread and butter, allowing manager Craig Counsell the ability to play matchup whenever he chooses.
When people think about Milwaukee’s bullpen, Josh Hader and Devin Williams come to mind. Hidden behind them is Brent Suter who has the ability to go multiple innings and just posted a career-high 3.07 ERA.
The last time Washington and the Cardinals were trade partners, it turned out great in the Nationals favor, fetching them Lane Thomas. This time around, Washington should set their eyes on Austin Dean. The 27-year old is fighting to make the roster and could benefit from a chance of scenery. He has spent time in left and at first and would provide some much-needed depth.
Similar to the Nationals. Chicago started a full-blown rebuild and will be looking to add talent. Once seen as a vital part of the team’s future, David Bote had a terrible 2021 season hitting eight homers, 35 RBIs, and a .606 OPS. Known for his 2018 grand slam against the Nats, Bote would provide some much-needed pop off the bench.
Another rebuilding team who is looking to add to their farm system, the Pirates are still a few years away from being ready to contend. Open to acquiring as many prospects as possible, the Nats could buy low on Sam Howard. He started the 2021 season strong, posting a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings, before falling off. Only28, Howard is a perfect player to take a flier on in an attempt to bolster the bullpen.
The Reds are sitting at a crossroads and should focus on adding to the roster. They have holes in the outfield and may look to move on from former top prospect Nick Senzel who has been unable to stay healthy. He could be a solid buy-low candidate that could help take the Nats outfield to the next level.