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Bleacher Report’s Trade Concept Surrounding Jordan Lawlar

Oct 21, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Jordan Lawlar (10) before game five of the NLCS for the 2023 MLB playoffs against the Philadelphia Phillies at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the Diamondbacks’ acquisition of LHP Jordan Montgomery, Bleacher Report proposed an intriguing trade scenario between the D-backs and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Following Eduardo Rodriguez’s move to the IL, Kerry Miller at BR suggested that Arizona should pursue 2021 All-Star pitcher Freddy Peralta. In exchange, the Brewers would receive the Diamondbacks’ #1 prospect, Jordan Lawlar.

Miller noted that Lawlar did not secure a spot in the Diamondbacks‘ Opening Day lineup, despite being on their postseason roster last year. Instead, Arizona seems inclined to opt for Blaze Alexander as a backup shortstop behind Geraldo Perdomo. Alexander, drafted in the 11th round of the 2018 draft by Arizona, has swiftly ascended through the minor league ranks, boasting a .400 batting average in spring training.

“Lawlar is a long-term asset whom Arizona could afford to part with to improve the starting rotation, which Peralta would do for them.”¬†added Miller. “Since the beginning of 2021, Peralta has logged 388 IP with a 3.41 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and an 11.4 K/9. He’s quietly been about as valuable as Blake Snell over that three-year window. Pairing him with Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, Eduardo Rodriguez and Brandon Pfaadt just might be enough for Arizona to make a run at the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.”

During his 2023 season with the Brewers, Freddy Peralta recorded a 3.86 ERA and a 12-10 record. He currently holds a $15.5 million contract lasting until 2027.

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