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3 Power Hitters the Brewers Need to Trade For Ahead of the Deadline

Larry Rupp
Three power hitters the Milwaukee Brewers need to trade for ahead of the MLB deadline, including Mitch Haniger.
Three power hitters the Milwaukee Brewers need to trade for ahead of the MLB deadline, including Mitch Haniger. / Steph Chambers/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Brewers are fighting to get into postseason position early on this season and currently sit 3.0 games back in the NL Central division with a record of 29-26. They would be smart to use the MLB trade deadline as a way to improve the amount of power hitters on the roster, though.

The Brewers are tied for No. 14 in the MLB with a team total of 64 home runs on the season. With that in mind, here are three power hitters Milwaukee needs to acquire ahead of the deadline.

Milwaukee Brewers Trade Targets

1. Joey Gallo, OF

Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo would give the Brewers some much needed pop at the plate. / Bob Levey/Getty Images

Texas Rangers' outfielder Joey Gallo will be a popular name at the MLB trade deadline and for good reason. He has turned into one of the best power hitters in the league and is only 27 years old. Gallo would give the Brewers an immediate upgrade in the home run department as he has hit 41 long balls since the start of the 2019 season. He is slashing .208/.358/.383 in 2021 and could take on a starting outfield role on this team. Gallo needs to cut down on his strikeout rate, but could be the perfect addition to Milwaukee's lineup.

2. Mitch Haniger, OF

Mitch Haniger
Mitch Haniger could slide in as an every day starter on this team. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Mitch Haniger has bounced back from recent injuries and is on a tear at the plate during the 2021 season. He has racked up 37 runs scored, 14 home runs and 36 RBI in 54 games played so far with the Seattle Mariners. He has the skillset to slide into an every day starting role on this Brewers team and would give them some depth in the outfield. Haniger only has one year of control left and is currently playing on a team with a ton of young players waiting in the wings. It may not cost Milwaukee too much to acquire him.

3. Nelson Cruz, DH

Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz has already hit a ton of home runs this season. / David Berding/Getty Images

This one may be a stretch given Nelson Cruz seems to be limited to playing designated hitter at this point in his career. Of course, the National League does not have a DH position. However, it wouldn't hurt the Brewers to at least give the 40-year-old veteran power hitter a chance. Cruz has yet to lose his ability to crush the baseball as he has hit 67 home runs since the start of the 2019 season. The Minnesota Twins are struggling to keep up with the contenders this season and could easily become sellers at the deadline. Plus, Cruz is playing on an expiring contract.

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