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Brewers may start shopping players
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is not yet ready to declare his team an outright seller. But clearly, Melvin is moving closer to such a decision.
The Brewers, who were swept by the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, went 4-5 in a critical stretch against the three teams that they trail in the NL Central.
At 44-50, the team is 10 1/2 games out in the division and 7 1/2 games back in the race for the second wild card.
“Coming off the games this weekend, obviously we have to take a look and just be prepared,” Melvin said. “We’ve put ourselves in a position where it’s a tough hill to climb. Teams have come back from being down — look at last September — but situations are different.”
The Brewers’ biggest potential prize, right-hander Zack Greinke, pitches Tuesday night in Philadelphia after an 11-day layoff that Melvin said was intended to “recharge his batteries.”
Teams interested in Greinke want to see him pitch and pitch well — the right-hander has allowed 14 runs in 14 innings in July. But if the Philadelphia Phillies sign lefty Cole Hamels to a contract extension, Greinke would be the biggest difference-maker left on the trade market. He rejected an offer of $100 million-plus from the Brewers, according to CBSSports.com, and is likely to become a free agent at the end of the season.
Greinke, though, is not the only player who could be traded by the Brewers. Left-hander Randy Wolf, right-handed reliever Francisco Rodriguez and catcher George Kottaras are among the others who would be in play.