The Brewers are continuing their pursuit of 3B Mike Moustakas, and if they end up landing him, they might look to trade their current third baseman, Travis Shaw, per The Athletic's Jim Bowden.
One of the teams Bowden mentions is the Yankees, as well as the Mets and Braves as potential trade destinations for Shaw. In his first season with the Brewers, he posted a .273/.349/.513 slash line to go along with 31 homers and 101 RBI in his best season in the MLB thus far.
Shaw is also a stout defender, having only committed nine errors in 255 attempts at third base last season. He was also worth +3 in DRS as well as +10 in 2016 with the Red Sox.
If the Brewers were to trade Shaw to the Yankees, the 27-year-old would be under team control for four years before hitting the free agent market in 2022.
There have been rumblings the Yankees are still actively looking for a veteran infielder that would preferably play third base. As of right now, top prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar are the favorites to play second and third base respectively at the start of the 2018 season.
The Yankees have received trade offers involving Andujar, so it could be a possibility the Brewers reach out if in fact they land Moustakas.
First, this seems like a stretch from the Brewers' perspective. Why would they want to trade a player coming off a breakout season with four years of team control, and replace him with an inferior, yet more costly player?
As for the Yankees potentially having interest in Shaw, one would have to assume that they would, considering the player and the current "opening" at the position. However, the prospect cost for Shaw would likely be prohibitive for the Yankees, thus preventing them from getting serious about agreeing to a deal.
While it is true the Yankees may be skeptical of their situation at third base as spring training approaches, their focus likely remains on upgrading the rotation. They would be better served to bring in a inexpensive major league talent as insurance for Andujar, versus giving up on their in-house option and trading away what could be more valuable talent than they receive.