This article is part of our In Some Depth series.
It's officially summer. That means the trade deadline is just five weeks away, and the rumor mill should be rotating in earnest in the not-too-distant future. Rather than wildily speculate at which teams may be buyers and which may be sellers, I decided to take a look at FanGraphs' playoff odds, and take a deeper look at those with a sub-four percent chance of making the postseason. Specifically, I took a look at the guys with contracts expiring in the next few offseasons (thanks Cots!), and who their replacements could/should be. Lloyd Christmas may think some of these teams have a chance, but it's only a matter of time before they realize they're playing for next year.
Without any further ado...
Brewers (zero percent)
According to Cots, the Brewers fielded their most expensive Opening Day roster ever in 2015. Unfortunately for them, that $104 million roster has not yielded fruit. The only everyday free agents heading into 2016 are Aramis Ramirez and Gerardo Parra. The more attractive Carlos Gomez will follow after the 2017 season. Parra would take over in center field if Gomez departs, and guys like Shane Peterson and Logan Schafer could also be in line for more playing time in the outfield if either/both Parra and/or Gomez end up in different organizations. Tyrone Taylor, one of the club's top hitting prospects, has a sub-.700 OPS for Double-A. Hernan Perez or Matt Dominguez could see time at third base if a contender decides Ramirez's experience outweighs