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How the Brewers Adding Willy Adames Affects the Cubs

The Brewers acquired SS Willy Adames from the Rays on Friday. How will that move affect the Cubs going forward against Milwaukee?
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On Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers traded pitchers J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for shortstop Willy Adames and RHP Trevor Richards, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

This move comes just a month after the Brewers traded shortstop Orlando Arcia to the Atlanta Braves in hopes of their young prospect Luis Urias being able to produce and take over the spot.

Adames is a career .254 hitter who is off to a rough start in 2021, hitting only .197 with five home runs. Urias has similar stats in 2021, hitting .205 with four home runs. Feyereisen has turned in a solid start to 2021, pitching to a 3.26 ERA over 19.1 innings.

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How it Affects the Cubs

If you've watched any Cubs vs. Brewers games in the past few years, you know that Orlando Arcia was a certified Cub killer. When they traded him in early April, Cubs fans everywhere rejoiced.

However, Adames is likely the best of the three aforementioned shortstops, although the margin isn't substantial by any means. The Brewers trading away a solid bullpen piece in J.P. Feyereisen is a relief as well, pun intended. He performed well against the Cubs early in 2021, but now the Brewers bullpen is just a tad shorter which can help the Cubs in the long run.

In a tight NL Central race that features the Cubs, Cardinals, and Brewers near the top, every move comes under the microscope. If Adames recovers from his early-season struggles, Milwaukee will likely continue to hang tough in the standings.