Brewers will be sellers
The Milwaukee Brewers are in a position General Managers hate being in before the all-star break: in last place and out of contention.
The Brewers were in a similar position last season and had a prized free-agent-to-be on their roster in RHP Zack Greinke. Doug Melvin's decision to move Greinke to the Angels, while frustrating at the time, lead to the acquisition of short stop Jean Segura, and RHPs Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena. Segura is on track to be an all-star in his first season as a starter, Hellweg has recently been called up from AAA, and Pena is having a decent season for the Brewers AA affiliate. The Greinke trade was a move that could pay the Brewers dividends for another decade.
As always, pitching figures to be a top priority for playoff hopeful teams this season. Unfortunately, the Brewers don't have a gold-plated carrot to dangle in front of those teams. That doesn't mean they don't have players of value to deal, however. In his weekly radio appearance, Melvin told me he has been receiving calls in regards to members of the bullpen.
John Axford, after a dismal start to the season, hasn't allowed a run in his last 22 appearances, and Francisco Rodriguez has a sparkling 1.02 ERA in 18 appearances. Both pitchers have the added value of closers experience. Candidly, I'd be shocked if both Axford and KRod were with the Brewers come August 1.
In addition, Tom Gorzelany and Michael Gonzalez could prove to be tradable assets given they are lefties. Gonzalez is more of a one-inning specialist, while Gorzelany (2.31 ERA) has proven to be extremely versatile.
Esteemed baseball writer John Heyman offers some additional thoughts as to who the Brewers may be looking to move in advance of the July 31 trade deadline.
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