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While many viewed the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals as the favorites to win the NL Central entering this season, the Milwaukee Brewers are the team that currently sits alone atop the division standings with a 39-29 record.
The Brewers have certainly impressed thus far, but they still have needs to address if they hope to make a run at the World Series. Milwaukee currently leads the NL in home runs (121) and is second in slugging percentage (.458). However, their 4.51 team ERA ranks No. 10 in the NL, and adding an extra arm could take Milwaukee over the top.
With that in mind, here are three pitchers that could be good trade targets for the Brewers.
3. Trevor Bauer, SP, Cleveland Indians
Trevor Bauer has a 3.71 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 109 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings pitched thus far in 2019. He could be a great fit in the middle of a Brewers' rotation that has struggled to find five consistent starters this season. If the Cleveland Indians decide to move on, Milwaukee could be an ideal landing spot for Bauer.
2. Felipe Vazquez, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Felipe Vazquez has pitched quite well this season, posting a 2.22 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings pitched. Milwaukee's bullpen has a cumulative 4.32 ERA this season, which ranks No. 10 in the NL. Even though the Brewers already have a formidable closer in Josh Hader, it would behoove Milwaukee to add another reliable reliever.
1. Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
Back to starters, Madison Bumgarner has been one of the most-discussed names in MLB trade rumors this season. Bumgarner's 3.83 ERA this year is not exactly All-Star level, however his 3.07 career ERA and 1.11 career WHIP show that any contender would be lucky to acquire him before the playoffs. Additionally, Bumgarner is at his best in the postseason, tallying a 2.11 ERA in 16 career appearances (14 starts) in the MLB Playoffs.
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