MLB trade rumors: Brewers eye Sonny Gray, Jose Quintana

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 15: Sonny Gray
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 15: Sonny Gray /

Currently holding a 4.5-game lead in the NL Central, the Milwaukee Brewers could be looking to add some starting pitching at the MLB trade deadline.

With the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals struggling to find any consistency this season, the Milwaukee Brewers have taken full advantage of it. They have certainly been one of the biggest surprises this season, currently holding a 48-40 record, and sitting comfortably atop their division.

Although the Brewers offense has provided a huge spark for them, their starting pitching leaves a lot to be desired. With the exception of Jimmy Nelson and Chase Anderson, the rest of Milwaukee’s starters have struggled mightily. It also doesn’t help that Anderson is on the DL with an oblique injury, that will keep him sidelined for roughly 4-6 weeks.

Leaving many to wonder if the Brewers will be looking to be buyers at the deadline, looking to add starting pitching. They certainly could make a run at some quality arms, as the Brewers have a very talented farm system. They have reportedly scouted pitchers such as Jose Quintana, and Sonny Gray among others.

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Adding one of these arms would be a huge boon to their pitching staff, but it will surely cost them a pretty penny. However, the Brewers have not made the postseason since 2011, which could be enough motivation for them to make a big move at the trade deadline.

There is a lot of baseball left to be played, but it could end up paying huge dividends for them if it works out. Quintana is under contract until 2020 which includes two club options, and Gray is eligible for arbitration for the 2018, and 2019 seasons. Meaning the Brewers would get more than just one season if they were to acquire one of these aces.