MIKE MOUSTAKAS TO THE BREWERS, CABRERA TO PHILLIES, ESCOBAR TO THE DIAMONDBACKS

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The Brewers needed an impact bat, and they got it. Now they have to figure a way to work Mike Moustakas onto a roster already filled up at the infield and outfield corners.

The Brewers acquired Moustakas from the Royals late Friday for outfield prospect Brett Phillips and reliever Jorge Lopez, a trade that could turn out to be a creative solution to Milwaukee’s need for a middle infielder. Moustakas is a third baseman, a position occupied for the past season and a half by Travis Shaw— but Shaw has taken some ground balls in recent weeks at second.

“I actually feel OK over there,” Shaw said last month. “The range would be what it is, but if it happens, I’ll be ready to go.”

Moustakas, 29, is slashing .249/.309/.468 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs in his first 378 at-bats for Kansas City this season. He was an All-Star in 2017 and hit a career-high 38 home runs, but Moustakas found free agency unfriendly after rejecting a $17.4 million qualifying offer, so he returned to the Royals on a one-year, $6.5 million deal that included $2.2 million in incentives for plate appearances. The contract includes a $15 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1 million buyout. CONTINUE READING, by Adam McCalvy

Wade Miley likes trade rumors. He particularly liked this trade rumor. The Brewers are in “serious discussions” with the Orioles as Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline nears, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Friday. The teams had extensive talks before Baltimore dealt Los Angeles to the Dodgers, but now the likely targets are right-hander Kevin Gausman and second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

According to Rosenthal, it was unclear whether the talks were centered on Gausman, Schoop or both.The Brewers have been interested in Gausman for some time, believing his talent exceeds his basic stat line. The 27-year-old-old has a 4.54 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP in 117 innings this season. Schoop, 26, was an All-Star in 2017 but has slipped to a .240/.271/.435 slash line in ’18 from MLB.com

The Houston Astros have officially struck a deal to acquire reliever Ryan Pressly from the Twins, as Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic first reported (Twitter links). Prospects Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino are going to Minnesota in the deal, as first mentioned by Jon Heyman of Fancred (via Twitter).

The Phillies have officially agreed to acquire infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets, as first reported by Andy Martino of SNY.tv (Twitter link). Righty Franklyn Kilome is heading to New York in return, as Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported (via Twitter).

The Arizona Diamondbacks have officially struck a deal with the Minnesota Twins that sends infielder Eduardo Escobar to Arizona. Ken Rosenthal and Dan Hayes of The Athletic (Twitter link) reported an agreement was close, while Jon Heyman of Fancred tweets that there is in fact a deal in place.

In return, the Twins will get three Class A ballplayers in the deal, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports tweets. Righty Jhoan Duran and outfielders Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel are all going to Minnesota. John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 had tweeted that a trio of minor-leaguers would go to the Twins in the deal. By Jeff Todd

 

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