Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns has already made one deal in 2016 and surely more are on the way. With the non-waiver trade deadline nearing, we take a look back at swaps the Brewers made both in acquiring players and dealing to other clubs over the last 10 years and how they turned out for both teams.
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July 25, 2006: Traded Jorge De La Rosa to the Kansas City Royals for Tony Graffanino
With Rickie Weeks lost for the season with an injury, the Brewers went out and got Graffanino, who hit .280 with 17 doubles in 60 games after joining Milwaukee. With Weeks back in 2007, Graffanino became a utility player for the Brewers and hit .238 with nine homers in 86 games. He finished his career with Cleveland in 2009. De La Rosa had an 8.60 ERA when traded to the Royals, where he posted ERAs of 5.18 and 5.82 before being dealt to Colorado in 2009, where he's pitched since.
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July 28, 2006: Traded Nelson Cruz and Carlos Lee to the Texas Rangers for Francisco Cordero, Julian Cordero, Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix
Lee was to be a free agent after the season so the Brewers traded him weeks after he appeared in the All-Star Game. Lee would hit .322 in 59 games for Texas, then bolt to Houston in the offseason. It took Cruz a few years, but in 2009 he bashed 33 homers and made his first All-Star Game. Francisco Cordero saved 16 games and had a 1.69 ERA after the deal and saved 44 games in 2007 before signing with the Reds as a free agent. Mench played in 141 games from 2006-07 with the Brewers, batting .256 with nine homers. Nix appeared in only 30 games from 2006-08, hitting just .153. Julian Cordero, a left-handed pitcher, tossed 12 1/3 innings for Milwaukee's Single-A team with a 7.82 ERA and never pitched again.
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July 28, 2006: Traded Wilfrido Laureano to the Philadelphia Phillies for David Bell
Bell finished his career with the Brewers, playing 53 games in 2006, batting .256 with four home runs. In 2007, Bell was mentioned in the Mitchell Report for ordering and receiving Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. Laureano appeared in seven games for Philadelphia's Single-A team after the trade and never pitched again.
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July 25, 2007: Traded Will Inman, Steve Garrison and Joe Thatcher to the San Diego Padres for Scott Linebrink
Milwaukee wanted some bullpen help for a playoff push and dealt for upcoming free agent Linebrink, a setup man who would appear in 27 games with a 3.55 ERA and 1.500 WHIP. Linebrink would sign with the White Sox after the season. Thatcher, a left-handed reliever, carved out a nice career for San Diego, Arizona, the Los Angeles Angels and Houston, appearing in 405 games from 2007-15 with a 3.38 ERA and 1.316 WHIP. Garrison made it to the majors in 2011 with the Yankees -- 1 game, 2/3 inning. Inman, another pitcher and former third-round pick, advanced as far as Triple-A with San Diego, Boston and Tampa Bay, last pitching in 2013.
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July 28, 2007: Traded Grant Balfour to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Seth McClung
Balfour missed most of the 2006 season with an injury and was claimed off waivers by the Brewers. He only appeared in three games in the majors with Milwaukee in 2007 but had done well in the minors. With Tampa Bay he had a 6.14 ERA in 2007, but in 2008 had a 1.54 ERA, 0.891 WHIP and 12.7 K/9. From 2008-13 with the Rays and Oakland, Balfour had a 2.74 ERA, 1.083 ERA, 9.7 K/9 and 72 saves. He returned to Tampa in 2014-15. McClung would pitch in 92 games with 14 starts for the Brewers from 2007-09, posting a 4.32 ERA. He bounced around a few MLB organizations, including the Brewers, but never pitched in the majors again, finishing his career in the Mexican League in 2013.
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July 7, 2008: Traded Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson and Matt LaPorta and a player to be named later to the Cleveland Indians for CC Sabathia
Sabathia was brought in to help the Brewers make the playoffs and he did just that. Making 17 starts he tossed three shutouts and had seven complete games, including the playoff clincher, finishing with an 11-2 record and 1.65 ERA. In the NLDS, however, he allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings in his only start. Sabathia signed as a free agent with the Yankees in the offseason. LaPorta was thought to be the key player in the deal, but in four seasons he batted just .238 with 31 HRs. Left-handed pitcher Jackson didn't fare well, either, posting a 6.11 ERA with Cleveland from 2008-09. Bryson, a right-handed hurler, couldn't escape the minors. However, in October, the Brewers sent outfielder Michael Brantley to Cleveland to complete the trade. Brantley was an All-Star in 2014, when he hit .327 with a .506 slugging percentage.
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July 20, 2008: Traded Steve Hammond and Darren Ford to the San Francisco Giants for Ray Durham
The 36-year-old Durham provided the Brewers with playoff experience and a good bat off the bench. With Milwaukee, his last go-around in pro ball, Durham served as a part-time second baseman and pinch hitter, batting 280/369/477 in 41 games (122 plate appearances). Durham got into three postseason games and was 1 for 8. Ford, an outfielder, appeared in 33 games for the Giants in 2010-11, mainly as a pinch runner (he had 9 SB, 6 CS). Hammond, a lefty pitcher, pitched in Triple-A in 2008-09 and then in independent leagues until 2014.
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July 19, 2009: Traded Roque Mercedes and Cole Gillespie to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Felipe Lopez
With Rickie Weeks lost for the season in mid-May, the Brewers were using Craig Counsell and Casey McGehee at second base until swinging a deal for Lopez, who hit 320/407/448 with 44 runs in 66 games for Milwaukee after the trade. Lopez would sign with St. Louis as a free agent after the season. Gillespie played in 50 games for Arizona from 2010-11 then re-emerged in the majors in 2013. He has played for San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs, Seattle and Toronto, and is currently on Miami, where he has been since 2015. Mercedes was waived by Arizona in 2010 and claimed by the Brewers. He last pitched in 2012.
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July 31, 2009: Traded Vinny Rottino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Claudio Vargas
Vargas was with the Brewers in 2007 and went to the Mets as a free agent in the offseason. In his second stint with Milwaukee he was strong out of the bullpen, posting a 1.78 ERA and allowing only 18 hits in 30 1/3 innings. In 2010, however, his ERA ballooned to 7.32 in 17 games. He never pitched in the majors again. Racine native Rottino fulfilled his dream by playing for the Brewers (25 PA from 2006-08). He never played for the Dodgers, but did get back to the majors with the Marlins, Mets and Indians in 2011-12. He is currently playing for the White Sox's Triple-A club.
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Aug. 19, 2009: Traded Bill Hall to the Seattle Mariners for Ruben Flores
Hall had some good power years with Milwaukee (35 homers in 2006), but was hitting just .201 with eight homers and 120 strikeouts when he was dealt to Seattle. Hall hit .200 for the Mariners in 34 games and was traded to Boston in the offseason. He finished his career in 2012 after stops in Houston, San Francisco and Baltimore. Flores appeared in 32 games for Brevard County in 2011 and then left the Brewers organization.
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Aug. 9, 2010: Traded Jim Edmonds to the Cincinnati Reds for Chris Dickerson
After sitting out the 2009 season, Edmonds decided to make a comeback at age 40. The Brewers signed him to a minor-league deal and he made the roster. Edmonds hit 286/350/493 in 73 games with Milwaukee, but with the Brewers out of the playoff hunt he was dealt to Cincinnati, which would win the NL Central. However, Edmonds would play in only 13 games for the Reds, batting .207 with three homers, before an injury would end his season and, ultimately, his career. Dickerson, an outfielder who would play for five major-league teams, appeared in 25 games with the Brewers, batting only .208. He was traded in March 2011 to the Yankees for pitcher Sergio Mitre (who New York would purchase back from the Brewers later that season). Dickerson last played in the majors for Cleveland in 2014.
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July 12, 2011: Traded players to be named later to the New York Mets for Francisco Rodriguez and cash
The Brewers already had a closer in John Axford when they surprisingly traded for K-Rod to be a setup man in their bullpen for their playoff-bound team. He would post a 1.86 ERA, 1.138 WHIP and 10.2 K/9 in 29 innings after the deal then pitch five scoreless innings combined in the NLDS and NLCS. Perhaps even more surprisingly was that Rodriguez signed with Milwaukee in the offseason despite Axford's presence. There's more to his story, which continues below. The Brewers sent left-handed pitcher Danny Herrera and right-handed pitcher Adrian Rosario to the Mets to complete the trade. Neither are still pitching in organized baseball.
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July 30, 2011: Traded Erik Komatsu to Washington for Jerry Hairston Jr.
Hairston played 45 games for Milwaukee appearing at five positions. He batted 274/348/370 for the Brewers during the season then played in 11 postseason games, hitting .375 with two doubles in the NLDS and .391 with four doubles in the NLCS. He signed with the Dodgers in the offseason as a free agent. Komatsu played in 30 games in 2012 for St. Louis and Minnesota and no longer is in pro ball.
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July 27, 2012: Traded Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Johnny Hellweg, Ariel Pena and Jean Segura
The Brewers took a big swing in acquiring Greinke from Kansas City before the 2011 season and he did help lead Milwaukee to the NLCS. But the Brewers didn’t think they could sign him when he became a free agent after the 2012 season. Greinke went 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 starts for the Angels, who didn't make the playoffs. He'd sign with the Dodgers as a free agent. Hellweg briefly pitched for the Brewers in 2013 but has been plagued by arm injuries and is now in San Diego's system. Pena has appeared in seven games with Milwaukee and is now in Triple-A where his ERA is over 8. Segura got off to a good start with the Brewers, and hit .294 with 12 homers and 44 steals in 2013, but slumped to .246 and .257 the next two years and was shipped to Arizona, where he has rejuvenated his career, batting .311 at the All-Star break.
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July 28, 2012: Traded George Kottaras to the Oakland Athletics for Fautino De Los Santos
Kottaras was an adequate backup catcher for Milwaukee from 2010-12 with some pop in his bat -- 17 homers in 409 at-bats -- but the Brewers opted to go with a more defensive backup in Martin Maldonado midway through the year. Kottaras played in 27 games for Oakland then played in the majors with Kansas City, Cleveland, St. Louis and Toronto. He is now playing in Triple-A for San Francisco. De Los Santos pitched in 11 games for Milwaukee's Triple-A team before being waived. He was eventually suspended 50 games in 2013 in the Biogenesis investigation.
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July 23, 2013: Traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles for Nick Delmonico
Rodriguez had to settle signing with the Brewers on a minor-league contract in April . . . then went out and posted a 1.09 ERA and 10 saves in 25 games, making him a hot commodity before the trade deadline. Baltimore gave up third baseman Delmonico, supposedly one of their better prospects, then saw K-Rod have a 4.50 ERA in 23 games (thanks in part to allowing five homers in 22 innings). Rodriguez was a free agent at the end of the year and re-signed with the Brewers yet again, recording 82 saves over the next two seasons before being dealt to Detroit this past offseason. Delmonico and the Brewers never got along, at one point the team lost contact with him entirely. Delmonico was eventually suspended 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines and was released. He is now with the White Sox's Triple-A affiliate.
Aug. 30, 2013: Traded John Axford to the St. Louis Cardinals for a player to be named later
Milwaukee dealt Axford, who had lost the closer role with the Brewers, to a division rival. Axford allowed just two runs with 11 strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings for St. Louis, then gave up just one run in 4 2/3 innings during the Cardinals' run to the World Series. Axford left for Cleveland after the season and has since pitched for Pittsburgh and Colorado and is now with Oakland. St. Louis sent Michael Blazek to Milwaukee to complete the trade. Blazek appeared in seven games with the Brewers in 2013 and re-emerged in 2015 to pitch in 45 games with a 2.43 ERA, 1.042 WHIP and 7.6 K/9. Blazek is struggling this year, however, with a 5.87 ERA and 1.891 WHIP in 33 games.
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July 31, 2014: Traded Anthony Banda and Mitch Haniger to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Gerardo Parra
The Brewers were in first place in the NL Central when they added Parra to shore up their outfield depth as well as add some left-handed punch. Parra would hit .268 in 46 games for Milwaukee, which would end up missing out on the playoffs. Parra would be traded at the next year's deadline, but more on that below. Banda, a right-handed pitcher, and Haniger, an outfielder, are both at Arizona's Triple-A team in Reno.
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Aug. 31, 2014: Traded players to be named later to the Cincinnati Reds for Jonathan Broxton
The Brewers traded for Broxton as they looked to bolster their bullpen for what turned out to be unsuccessful playoff run. Broxton had a 1.86 ERA and 1.014 WHIP with Cincinnati in 51 games, but with Milwaukee slipped to a 4.35 ERA in his 11 2/3 innings, although he had a 1.065 WHIP and 10.5 K/9. He would be dealt away the following year (see below). Milwaukee sent right-handed pitchers Kevin Shackelford and Barrett Astin to Cincinnati to complete the trade. Both are still in the Reds' minor-league system.
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July 23, 2015: Traded Aramis Ramirez and cash to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Yhonathan Barrios
Ramirez had announced he would retire at the end of the season, so the Brewers gave him a chance to play for a contender in Pittsburgh. In 56 games with the Pirates, Ramirez hit 245/299/413 (eerily similar to the 247/295/430 he hit with the Brewers in 2015) with six home runs. He also had one at-bat in the postseason. Barrios pitched in five games for the Brewers in September and allowed no runs on three hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. However, he has missed all of the 2016 season following rotator cuff surgery.
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July 30, 2015: Traded Mike Fiers, Carlos Gomez and cash to the Houston Astros for Josh Hader, Brett Phillips, Adrian Houser and Domingo Santana
After a trade with the New York Mets fell through, Milwaukee sent Gomez to the Astros. However, Gomez hasn't been able to replicate his success with Houston. He batted only 242/288/383 after the trade, and has struggled in 2016 with a slash line of 217/282/332. Fiers did pitch a no-hitter for Houston in 2015 (and posted a 3.32 ERA), but he's slipped in 2016 to a 4.35 ERA, 1.355 WHIP and 6.2 K/9, all worse than his career averages. Santana has been a starter in the outfield for the Brewers, although he's currently on the disabled list. Hader, a left-handed pitcher, and outfielder Phillips are two of the best prospects in Milwaukee's system. Hader was chosen for this year's Futures Game. Houser pitched well in Double-A and even got a brief call-up with the Brewers last year, but he has a 5.37 ERA back in Biloxi in 2016 and is on the DL.
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July 31, 2015: Traded Jonathan Broxton and cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Malik Collymore
Broxton hadn't pitched well for Milwaukee in 2015 (5.89 ERA) but he turned things around in St. Louis. In 26 games he had a 2.66 ERA and 9.9 K/9. He's still in the Cardinals bullpen in 2016, re-signing with them as a free agent, posting a 3.82 ERA and 1.189 WHIP in the first half of the season. After playing in rookie ball last year, Collymore is with Single-A Brevard County in 2016.
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July 31, 2015: Traded Gerardo Parra to the Baltimore Orioles for Zach Davies
Parra had one of the hottest months in recent memory when he batted 435/495/718 with nine homers in July 2015 for the Brewers. Milwaukee was able to parlay that into getting a top pitching prospect from Baltimore. Parra's bat cooled off considerably with the Orioles and he hit only 237/268/357 before leaving for Colorado in free agency in the offseason. Meanwhile, Davies looks like he'll be a mainstay in Milwaukee's rotation. He had a 3.71 ERA and 1.206 last year in six starts and, after a slow start, is 6-4 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.261 WHIP in 2016.