Moustakas became a free agent last off-season and surprisingly struggled to find a new home, which led to him re-signing with the Royals on a one-year deal in March, with a mutual option for the 2019 season. With the Royals losing plenty of pieces last off-season, their expectations were not high for this season, which led many to believe that Moustakas would be dealt before July 31st. Kansas City sits in last place in the AL Central at 31-71, which makes this trade to the surprise of nobody.
The 29-year-old is batting just .249 with 20 home runs and 62 RBIs this season, as he will now be reunited with former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, whom he appeared in consecutive World Series with, including winning it all over the New York Mets in 2015.
Travis Shaw has been the Brewers' regular third baseman this season, but reports are speculating that he will shift over to second base. Shaw has never played that position at the big league level, but has been taking ground balls there recently.
Milwaukee currently sits 1.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central after gaining a game on them following their loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. The Brew-Crew does hold a 2.5-game lead for the top spot in the NL Wild Card race, as they are looking for their first postseason appearance since 2011. They also added reliever Joakim Soria in a trade with the Chicago White Sox earlier this week, as they continue their series out west with the Giants this weekend. There is not yet word if Moustakas will be ready for his team debut on Saturday.