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MESA, AZ – MARCH 10: Brice Turang #72 of the Milwaukee Brewers plays. (Photo by Rob Leiter/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals are going nowhere fast and designated hitter Nelson Cruz could be on the trade block. The Milwaukee Brewers might be in need of Cruz’s services.

Nelson Cruz has gotten off to a slow start, and while Father Time may finally be catching up with the 41-year-old slugger, he still possesses tremendous power and could be an asset for a team with postseason aspirations.

The Milwaukee Brewers fit that description. Perhaps David Stearns could give Mike Rizzo a call and the two sides could hammer out a deal for the seven-time All-Star.

The Brewers are currently in the top five of the National League in home runs, OPS, and RBIs, but adding a bat like Cruz’s could help the Brew Crew get over the hump against the likes of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets.

But you can’t get something for nothing, so the Brewers would have to part with one or more of their assets. Let’s take a peek at three assets the Washington Nationals would happy to welcome in exchange for Nelson Cruz.

1. Brewers could trade Brice Turang to the Nationals for Nelson Cruz

Brice Turang looked to be destined to join the Milwaukee Brewers in the majors this season, but after trading for Willy Adames last season, Turang may be blocked at the major league level. Of course Milwaukee could always move the former first-round pick to second base, but the Brewers have plenty of infield depth.

Turang has been above-average during his time in the minors, but the 22-year-old’s stats don’t scream superstar. While the Brewers have done a great job grooming some of their young talent in recent years, this may be a case where Turang may offer more this season as a trade chip than as a part of the infield in the near future.

Being that Turang was Milwaukee’s first-round draft selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, David Stearns and his Brewers front office may be hesitant to include him in a package for a one-year rental like Nelson Cruz.

That said, Brice Turang’s ceiling isn’t very high. While he could be a serviceable shortstop in the big leagues or a slightly above-average second baseman, the Brewers should be willing to part with California native if Adames factors into Milwaukee’s long-term future.

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Warriors Rumors: Team May Be Forced to Trade All-Star Wing

Getty Andrew Wiggins brings up the ball in a game against the Phoenix Suns.

After nine seasons spent trying to reach the potential of his first overall pick, Golden State Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins put together the most complete season of his career in 2021-22.

Unfortunately, due to the team’s pending cap mess, it could also be his final act with the team. A Warriors insider predicted that the team may be forced to part ways with Wiggins in the coming offseason in order to keep the rest of the team’s core intact — or as much of it as possible.

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Warriors’ Cap Mess

In a mailbag, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau was asked if there is any way the team can keep this year’s core together — Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Poole, Otto Porter Jr. and Gary Payton II. While he expected Looney to return on a new multi-year contract worth close to $6 million and Poole to sign a four-year, $100 million extension, Letourneau was doubtful that all the rest of the rotation would be intact.

The most likely outcome for the Warriors would be parting ways with Wiggins and the $33.36 million he’ll be due next season, even though Wiggins just earned his first career All-Star bid this season.

“As I’ve written before, the most logical way for the Warriors to cut salary is to trade Wiggins before he hits unrestricted free agency in summer 2023,” he wrote.

Even if the Warriors do part ways with Wiggins, Letourneau wrote that they still wouldn’t be able to afford both Porter and Payton, who have both played beyond expectations and are likely priced out of the Warriors’ very limited budget.

Andrew Wiggins tied his most points in a playoff half in his career ????

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— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 19, 2022

One Last Run for Wiggins?

If this is the last run with the Warriors for Wiggins, it will be a very important final stretch for the Canadian baller. He has been a key two-way player for Golden State in the playoff run, and in the Western Conference Finals has drawn the assignment to guard Luka Doncic. As Eric He of NBC Sports Bay Area noted, Wiggins did well in Game 1, keeping the Dallas Mavericks guard to 20 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Wiggins did better as the game went on, helping hold Doncic to just two second-half points.

The performance earned some praise from Curry, who noted that the team is calling on Wiggins to be sharp on both ends of the floor.

“He’s just showing everybody what he’s capable of in terms of impacting winning,” Curry said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’re asking him to take on that challenge [of guarding Dončić] and be aggressive offensively.”

Parting with Wiggins would likely be a difficult decision for the Warriors, as he is highly valued within the organization. The team’s player development coach, Bruce Fraser, said in an interview on 95.7 The Game that the 27-year-old has brought a competitive fire to this season.

BREAKING: Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins smiled at least 10 times during his postgame presser. Biggest grin I've ever seen from him. #dubnation #goldblooded @kron4news pic.twitter.com/ja0lEEaFHP

— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) May 19, 2022

“He’s got a quiet demeanor,” Fraser said. “But he’s more competitive than you think. It’s hard to play at this level, honestly, if you don’t have a competitive spirit.

“The knock on [Wiggins] is he’s always been so talented that he just is successful on his talent. But what you don’t see in him is an internal fire that burns. He’s competitive. He wants to win.”

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