Marred in what is an absolutely terrible season, the Royals have parted with one of their franchise pillars that helped them get to back-to-back World Series in 2014 and 2015, winning it in 2015. They did this by dealing him to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Brett Phillips and right-handed pitcher Jorge López.
There’s a good chance that this will be a rental as Moustakas is only signed thru the rest of this season, although there is a mutual option for next season, but I’ll bet Moustakas will turn that down and enter the free agent market after not getting the money that he was seeking this past off season.
Sans 2016 where Moustakas only played in 27 games with a torn right ACL, he has hit at least 20 home runs in 2015, 2017 and this season, including a career-high 38 last season while also hitting .272.
What this move means for the Brewers is that they have a deeper lineup and it could mean a possible move to second base for Travis Shaw, who definitely deserves to stay in the lineup and the Brewers’ second base production has been dreadful this season.
Overall it could be a weird fit at first, but he makes their lineup better and that’s why you make this move.
3B Mike Moustakas has been acquired from Kansas City in exchange for OF Brett Phillips and RHP Jorge López. pic.twitter.com/whyCdXBEVb
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 28, 2018
Return for the Royals
Brett Phillips hasn’t spent a significant amount of time in the major leagues, but he did show some promise in 37 games for the Brewers last season, hitting .276 with four home runs and five stolen bases.
After losing Lorenzo Cain in the outfield and clearly being in a re-build, getting a young and promising outfielder will really help.
Jorge López has also spent a little bit of time in the major leagues, splitting that little time between 2015, 2017 and this season. The only season in which he has started games is 2015 where he had two starts, but wasn’t very good. Overall though he does have a solid major league career ERA in 13 games of 3.69. He was also a consensus top-100 prospect pre-2016 when he was still considered a prospect.
Overall I like this return for the Royals.