Why the Mets should do it: Injuries and ineffective play have really sunk the season for the New York Mets. A season that had such hope for a third straight playoff appearance more than likely will not occur. They don’t need to tear the entire thing down, however, they may as well restock for next year and take another shot at the playoffs.
Reed is an expiring contract and is someone the Mets can get some value for from a contending club. In this trade, they get their possible center fielder of the future. Philips, Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares can battle it out for the center field job next spring as well as a bench role on the club. The Mets could even use Nimmo or Philips to flip for something else if need be.
Why the Brewers should do it: The Brewers need some help in the bullpen. They’ve called up Josh Hader, who’s be excellent from the left side and have Jared Hughes who was a good pickup off waivers before the season. They could use Reed, someone who can close or set up in order to deepen their bullpen and try and make a run at the division title.
Starting pitching, especially top flight, may be hard for the Brewers to get, even with the deep farm system they have. In this deal they still keep Corey Ray and Lewis Brinson while upgrading a part of their club that could use something extra.