The first rumors of a potential trade by the Brewers came out yesterday. We knew that the Brewers would eventually start entertaining trade offers at some point, and we finally saw confirmation of this as reports came out that the Brewers were in discussions with the Mets about a trade. The talks haven't really gone anywhere yet, but the fact that rumors are starting to come out suggests that the Brewers have begun more serious discussions on trades.
The initial report from yesterday seemed to focus on third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Third base is a position of need for the Mets right now with David Wright out indefinitely with a back injury. However, it appears as though the Mets don't want to give up much, which makes sense considering Ramirez's numbers so far this season. Some focus may have also been around Jean Segura in this rumor.
With over a month and a half to go until the trade deadline, there's no rush to get any deals done yet. Teams may be willing to pay more as they get more desperate. However, the first serious rumor does signal that the trade talk is going to pick up, and it may not be long now before we see the first big trade.
Kyle Lohse fell behind early, allowing an RBI single to Starling Marte and a leadoff home run to Pedro Alvarez, but kept the damage limited to those two runs yesterday. Unfortunately, it would be all the Pirates needed, as Charlie Morton held the Brewers to three singles in 7 1/3 innings as the Brewers were shut out by the Pirates.
Brewers News & Notes
- The final 30 rounds of the MLB Draft took place yesterday. Derek has a list of all of the draft picks from the day in the live thread from yesterday.
- John McGonigal of MLB.com reports that Ryan Braun should be fine following his departure from last night's game with dizziness. He had some fluid built up behind his eardrum and should be fine after taking some medicine.
- Following last night's game, the Brewers recalled Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Colorado Springs and optioned David Goforth to the Sky Sox. With Will Smith returning from his suspension, the Brewers bullpen is back to full strength and Goforth wasn't needed anymore (not that he was needed while Smith was suspended).
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox
|Colorado Springs @ Iowa
|Mobile 4, Biloxi 3
|Biloxi @ Mississippi
|Brevard County Manatees
|Brevard County @ Palm Beach (PPD)
|Brevard County @ Palm Beach (DH)
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
|Dayton 4, WIsconsin 3
|Wisconsin @ Dayton
|DSL Brewers 10, DSL Marlins 5
|DSL Brewers @ DSL Cubs
News & Notes
- The Southern League announced their All-Star teams yesterday, and eight members of the Biloxi Shuckers were named to the South Division roster: first baseman Nick Ramirez, shortstop Orlando Arcia, outfielder Michael Reed, outfielder Kyle Wren, and pitchers Hobbs Johnson, Jaye Chapman, Damien Magnifico, and Tyler Wagner.
- Kodi Medeiros has been having a good year for Wisconsin, but his numbers may not tell the whole story. Steven Jewell of Reviewing the Brew argues that Medeiros has been more dominant than his numbers suggest.
NL Central Update
- Cardinals 4, Rockies 2
- Cubs 12, Tigers 3
- Reds 5, Phillies 2
Today's Division Games
- Reds (Michael Lorenzen) @ Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada) - 7:05 pm
- Cardinals and Pirates have the day off.
- The Angels designated outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment and promoted third baseman Kyle Kubitza.
- Braves minor-league catcher Chris O'Dowd has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. So far this season, 54 players have been suspended across all of minor-league baseball under the minor league drug program.
- The Blue Jays outrighted LHP Andrew Albers.
- The Padres optioned second baseman Jedd Gyorko to Triple-A and recalled RHP Nick Vincent.
- Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is expected to be placed on the DL after hurting his right knee while running to first base.
- The Twins designated RHP Tim Stauffer for assignment and recalled RHP Michael Tonkin.
- The Yankees placed closer Andrew Miller on the 15-day DL with a forearm strain.
The Brewers begin a four-game series against the Nationals tonight to start a six-game homestand at Miller Park. In the first game of the series, Tanner Roark of the Nationals faces Matt Garza from the Brewers. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.