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Monday, July 05, 2010

FOX Sports: Brewers scouts head home for summit; trades coming?

Morosenthal has the scoop…

Brewers scouts are gathering in Milwaukee this week for meetings that could influence the team’s approach to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, sources say.

While one team official stressed that there is “no agenda” associated with the meetings, they are clearly coming at a crucial time on the baseball calendar.

...If Milwaukee decides to sell, first baseman Prince Fielder and right fielder Corey Hart will be among its most attractive trade chips. However, the Brewers may need to be overwhelmed by an offer in order to move either player; owner Mark Attanasio indicated in a recent interview with FOXSports.com that the team is unlikely to rebuild.

“We think we have a very good team,” Attanasio told FOXSports.com. “Our intent isn’t to dismantle the team simply because we may not make the playoffs this year.”

The Brewers have a number of prospective free agents who would probably be available via trade if the team drops out of contention: right-handed starter Dave Bush, infielder Craig Counsell and outfielders Jody Gerut and Jim Edmonds.

Repoz Posted: July 05, 2010 at 06:50 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 05, 2010 at 07:06 PM (#3578846)
Milwaukee is in an interesting spot. I do think they're out of it for this year (HW disagrees last I checked) but, if a team is selling a player they want for next year, there's no reason for them not to pick that player up. Meanwhile, they could go the other way and get nice packages for Fielder and/or Hart. Or just play it safe and trade some of the guys listed above, with Edmonds being the only one who might bring back something worthwhile.
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 05, 2010 at 07:35 PM (#3578856)
Walt:

I know what the math says. But how inspiring do you find the Cardinals and Reds?

And I am not a fan of mid-season trades.

But if the Brewers are looking to trade better guys like Fielder and Hart who are at their peak value.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 05, 2010 at 07:55 PM (#3578865)
FYI: Lorenzo Cain is headed to Milwaukee in case Gallardo goes on the DL. Cain his hitting .323 at Double A with no power.

Edmonds being traded is certainly a possibility. He has shown he can still hit. And he's still ok on defense.
   4. Lassus Posted: July 05, 2010 at 08:30 PM (#3578893)
Frenchy for Hart!

He's a clubhouse leader.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: July 05, 2010 at 08:39 PM (#3578899)
I know what the math says. But how inspiring do you find the Cardinals and Reds?

Not much at all ... but I'm sticking with the math (9.5 and 8 games is just too much to make up) ... and the less-than-uninspiring Brewers pitching.

Zaun's another guy that should be on the trading block and could bring back something potentially useful.
   6. Tripon Posted: July 05, 2010 at 08:50 PM (#3578907)
Isn't Zaun out for the year?
   7. Justin T's pasta pass was not revoked Posted: July 05, 2010 at 09:10 PM (#3578921)
Are these scouts going back for a summit or a roundtable?
   8. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: July 05, 2010 at 09:26 PM (#3578937)
Isn't Zaun out for the year?

Yes.
   9. Evil Twin Posted: July 05, 2010 at 10:14 PM (#3578970)
Trevor Hoffman has to be on the block too, along with Carlos Villanueva, Todd Coffey, and David Riske. I don't know if anyone is going to buy that Hoffman has something left in the tank, but he'd probably be a popular choice to return to San Diego.

I wouldn't mind if some other team would buy into the Carlos Gomez hype. I'd take Cain as a replacement because at least Cain shows some ability to take a walk.
   10. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 05, 2010 at 10:34 PM (#3578984)
Evil:

Goodness. That reads like the silly Yankee fans of five years ago at BBTF who were laughed off this website for repeatedly suggesting that teams should take their garbage in return for another team's best players.

I know you mean well but Melvin would be lucky to get a ball of twine for the relievers listed.

And there is no remaining Carlos Gomez hype. He has been exposed in two leagues and for reasons I do not fathom nobody sends him to the minors to learn to play the game properly. It's sad.
   11. Evil Twin Posted: July 05, 2010 at 10:53 PM (#3578994)
I'd agree that the Brewers would be lucky to get much of anything of value, but I was more speaking of the likelihood of actually getting traded. But, if you're listing Jody Gerut and Greg Zaun, then at least some of the relievers should be in the conversation. At the very least, trading those vets could save the Brewers a few bucks for their more difficult to sign draft picks.

I'm 100% with you on Gomez. If he's not going to learn at the MLB level, then maybe he can do it at the minor league level before he becomes a perpetual no hit, defensive replacement/pinch runner. Perhaps it would be best to have a "competition" between Gomez and Cain in Spring Training next year with the winner going down. That might be a better use of an option than sending Gomez down for 2 months this year.
   12. Evil Twin Posted: July 05, 2010 at 11:27 PM (#3579023)
Excuse me, I meant to say with "the loser going down" for the hypothetical Gomez/Cain competition.

It's pretty obvious at this point that the Twins and Brewers haven't done much for Gomez's development. Probably because the Twins were busy justifying the Santana deal and because the Brewers were busy justifying the Hardy trade. Gomez may never have developed anyway, but he certainly hasn't been helped by learning on the job with teams trying to contend.
   13. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: July 05, 2010 at 11:38 PM (#3579030)
Gomez can play centerfield. But with 18 pitchers on each roster who can afford to keep a latter day Marshall Edwards?

Nobody..................
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 06, 2010 at 04:42 AM (#3579264)
Holy crap, Jim Edmonds is still active?
   15. Spahn Insane Posted: July 06, 2010 at 03:25 PM (#3579451)
Holy crap, Jim Edmonds is still active?

Yeah, got a ST invite with the Brewers this year after (apparently) not getting any offers last year...which is weird, since he hit so well with the Cubs in '08.

Anyway, Milwaukee was pretty much an ideal fit for him this year--a team with a starting CF who can't hit, and a RF who could use a lefty-hitting platoon partner. (Hart's had a good year, but still.)
   16. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 06, 2010 at 03:33 PM (#3579465)
Yeah, got a ST invite with the Brewers this year after (apparently) not getting any offers last year...which is weird, since he hit so well with the Cubs in '08.


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