The Most Obvious Trade Ever
So, the Brewers have a scout following the Mariners, presumably looking for relief help that won’t cost an arm and a leg. If the rumored interest in Arthur Rhodes is real, and the Brewers maintain their stance that they want to add a bullpen arm without giving up any highly valued young talent, then there’s one deal between the two teams that couldn’t make any more sense.
Arthur Rhodes for Brad Nelson, straight up.
I covered Nelson last month, but here’s the long and short of it – he’s a 25 year old left-handed hitting first baseman with a patient approach at the plate and a bit of power. He’s stuck behind Prince Fielder, which means he has no future in Milwaukee, and his frame rules out his future anywhere besides 1B/DH.
His upside is as a .270/.350/.450 first baseman, so he’s never going to be a star, but he’d instantly become the best first baseman in the organization. The M’s have a line-up spot with his name on it, and with a solid finish to the year, they could have a cheap answer at first base for 2009.
Rhodes for Nelson. Lee, Doug, make it happen. It makes so much sense.