Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Predicted Post-Trade Deadline Post

"Brewers Stand Pat As MLB Trade Deadline Passes"

(a faux post not written by Tom Haudricourt or any other real Brewers journalist; the following information is not factual)

As the trade deadline came and went today, all was quiet on the Brewers’ front. After much speculation from national pundits for the past month, when all was said and done, the Brewers managed just one trade: veteran relief pitcher, Francisco Rodriguez, was dealt to the Baltimore Orioles for left-handed third base prospect, Nick Delmonico.

The Brewers had been reported to receive some interest in 27-year old starting pitcher, Yovani Gallardo, but Gallardo’s poor performance over the past month, a 7.56 ERA in July, rendered him virtually unmovable by most standards. This, along with underwhelming interest in players such as Kyle Lohse and Norichika Aoki, ultimately led the Brewers to retain the rest of their players. I spoke to Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin on the situation shortly after the deadline expired at 3 p.m. CST.

“We didn’t receive a lot of calls on any of our players,” said Melvin. “The offers we did receive didn’t really give us much motivation to pursue further discussion.”

Asked whether there would be future consideration in moving any sought-after players in the offseason, Melvin declined to speculate much on it, hopeful that the overall performance of the club this season would turn for the better heading into 2014.

“I don’t see that as a top priority. It’s been a tough year with injuries, but we like the team we have." said Melvin.

"Obviously we’ll consider any offers we receive, but we’d have to be overwhelmed to consider such moves.”

The Brewers have experienced several injuries to many prominent players this season; most recently with Gallardo succumbing to hamstring tightness early in the day yesterday during the first game of a double header against the Chicago Cubs. 

Asked if there was any concern over the health and performance of Gallardo, Melvin seemed positive everything would right itself in time.

“Yo has been one of our most consistent performers over the past few years. We have confidence that he’ll get back on the field soon and get back on track.”

UPDATED: The Brewers have placed Gallardo on the 15-day DL with a hamstring strain, and will elect to keep 2B Scooter Gennett on the major league club. So, if even if the team was receiving interest prior to the deadline, they would have been unable to move him regardless.

The Brewers will be looking to sweep the Cubs in the final game of a 4-game series tonight at Wrigley Field.

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