The Brewers and Orioles are in ‘serious’ talks about making a deal together, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal said it is unknown whether Milwaukee was trying to trade for second baseman Jonathan Schoop, starter Kevin Gausman or both.
The Brewers have been looking for infield help and starting pitching throughout the deadline season. They have also been in trade talks with the Orioles over the last few weeks, as they were one of the many teams that pursued Manny Machado. The Brewers ended up finishing as the “runner-up” to the Dodgers in the Machado sweepstakes. A big reason why a deal for Machado probably never came to fruition was because Rosenthal reported that the Orioles wanted a package that featured right-hander Corbin Burnes, but the Brewers were set on a deal that centered around Brett Phillips and Double A right-hander Luis Ortiz.
If they can land either Schoop, Gausman or both, the Brewers would be in pretty good shape going into the stretch run of the season. Schoop has hit 15 homer runs with 34 RBI while slashing .240/.271/.435 and he comes with a year of control. Gausman leads the Orioles in innings and has posted a a 4.54 ERA and 4.59 FIP in 20 starts this season. As a guy who is under team control through 2020, Gausman has garnered a lot of interest leading up to the trade deadline from a number of clubs.