All was quiet for the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline, as the clubhouse remained intact
After trading closer Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore last week, the Brewers stood pat and didn’t sell any of their assets as general manager Doug Melvin was underwhelmed with the offers he received.
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What comes next?
The Brewers still can make trades in August and may have a few players who will draw interest from other clubs later in the month. Beginning Thursday, teams can begin to place players on recallable waivers. Most teams place the majority of their roster on waivers because there is no penalty to remove and keep the player.
If a player clears waivers, he is eligible to be traded to any team. Waiver claims go in reverse order of the standings, giving a team with the worse record top priority if more than one team places a claim on a player. Contending teams may place a claim on a player just to block a rival team from acquiring him.
If a claim is made, the team can pull the player back and keep him, let the player and his salary go to the claiming team or work out a trade with the claiming team within 48 hours. Players must be acquired by Aug. 31 to be eligible for the postseason roster.
Last season, the Brewers had Cody Ransom and Cesar Izturis claimed by other teams and they just let them go. In 2010, the Brewers traded center fielder Jim Edmonds to Cincinnati for outfielder Chris Dickerson in August.
Milwaukee made a pair of August trades in 2009, sending Bill Hall to Seattle and acquiring David Weathers from Cincinnati. August trades happen each year, but blockbuster deals are rarely seen after the non-waiver deadline.
Many around baseball felt the non-waiver trade deadline was quiet this season due to suspensions looming from the Biogenesis case. The addition of the second wild card keeps teams in the race longer than usual, as a team may wait until later in August to determine if they are a buyer or a seller.
Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez will almost certainly clear waivers because of his contract and could draw significant interest from teams looking to add a right-handed bat in August.
Currently on the disabled list with a left knee injury, Ramirez must get back on the field and produce before any team trades anything for him or takes on the remaining year of his contract.
Left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez also should be able to be moved in August, but he didn’t generate much interest prior to the non-waiver deadline. Now on the disabled list, right-hander Yovani Gallardo’s chances of moving are slim. Even if healthy, Gallardo certainly wouldn’t clear waivers.
Right-hander Kyle Lohse and second baseman Rickie Weeks would likely clear waivers due to their contracts. The Brewers seem unmotivated to move Lohse, but could entertain offers if a team is willing to take on Weeks’ salary.
While August could produce a few moves by the Brewers, don’t expect much. July was quiet and August probably won’t be much louder.