Brewers scouts head home for summit; trades coming?

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.

Under the circumstances, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Brewers decide in the coming days to make several of their veteran players available.

With the All-Star break one week away, the Brewers are 9 1/2 games back and have failed to gain significant ground in the National League Central. Baseball Prospectus calculated Monday that they have a 1.7 percent chance of reaching the postseason.

Meanwhile, All-Star pitcher Yovani Gallardo sustained a left oblique strain in Sunday’s loss. Gallardo is the team’s only starter with an ERA below 4.40. If he misses any length of time, the Brewers’ chances of contending will be significantly reduced.

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 that the team is unlikely to rebuild.

“We think we have a very good team,” Attanasio told “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.