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What We Learned: Aramis Ramirez returns to where his MLB career began

The Brewers made their first big trade of the season, sending Aramis Ramirez to Pittsburgh. We discuss that trade and more in today's What We Learned.

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The moment that many people had been waiting for finally arrived yesterday. After weeks of talking about selling and wondering when the Brewers would make their first trade, it finally happened. The Brewers sent Aramis Ramirez to Pittsburgh (along with cash) for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. With Ramirez having a down year, it was uncertain if the Brewers could even get anything for him.  Being able to get anything back for him is a plus, and the Brewers were able to clear a little salary as well.

Yhonathan Barrios is exactly the type of pitcher that you would expect the Brewers to get back in a trade like this: a lottery ticket. He could turn out to be a great reliever, or he may never make it to the Brewers. Noah took a quick look at Barrios after the trade yesterday, noting that the Pirates were down on him and that he would be Rule 5 eligible and a minor-league free agent at the end of the season. The Brewers may end up getting nothing from Barrios, but trading Ramirez was a long-shot anyway, so at least they're getting a shot at something here.

Meanwhile, the Ramirez trade brings to an end Ramirez's short time in Milwaukee. Signing as a free agent after the 2011 season, the Brewers hoped that Ramirez would be one of the missing pieces for them to make another postseason run. Noah also wrote about Ramirez's career in Milwaukee, how he brought a big bat to the lineup and helped replace some of the production lost after Prince Fielder left. Unfortunately, the Brewers could not get back to the playoffs with Ramirez on the roster, and Ramirez's career is winding down now.

Pittsburgh is where Ramirez began his career, and he will get one more chance at the postseason with the Pirates. It would be a good way to end his career, though it is unfortunate that it had to be for a division rival. Hopefully Ramirez can end his career on a high note with a strong finish to the season.

Yesterday's Results

Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 3

The Brewers faced a pitcher making his MLB debut. Guess what happened? That's right, they struggled against him. Zack Godley pitched six shutout innings, allowing only four hits while striking out seven and walking no one. Meanwhile, Mike Fiers had a rough start, allowing five runs (four earned) in five innings, though he did strike out ten. A three-run home run by Ryan Braun in the ninth inning accounted for the only Brewers runs in the game.

Brewers News & Notes

More from BCB

Aramis Ramirez Trade

Other Notes

Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday This Weekend
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 45-54 Colorado Springs 2, Nashville 1 Friday: Colorado Springs @ Omaha
Saturday: Colorado Springs @ Omaha
Sunday: Colorado Springs @ Omaha
Biloxi Shuckers AA 54-40 Pensacola 2, Biloxi 1 Friday: Biloxi @ Pensacola
Saturday: Biloxi @ Pensacola
Sunday: Biloxi @ Pensacola
Brevard County Manatees A+ 41-53 Brevard County @ St. Lucie (PPD) Friday: St. Lucie @ Brevard County (DH)
Saturday: St. Lucie @ Brevard County (DH)
Sunday: Palm Beach @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 31-66 Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 5 Friday: Clinton @ Wisconsin
Saturday: Clinton @ Wisconsin
Sunday: Clinton @ Wisconsin
DSL Brewers R 19-27 DSL Brewers 1, DSL Marlins 0 Friday: DSL Brewers @ DSL Cubs
Saturday: DSL Cubs @ DSL Brewers
Helena Brewers R 16-17 Helena 9, Missoula 8 Friday: Billings @ Helena
Saturday: Billings @ Helena
Sunday: Missoula @ Helena
AZL Brewers R 12-15 AZL Brewers 1, AZL Giants 0 Saturday: AZL Cubs @ AZL Brewers
Sunday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Cubs

News & Notes

NL Central Update
Team W L
Cardinals 61 34
Pirates 55 40
Cubs 51 43
Reds 42 51
Brewers 42 54
  • Cardinals 4, Royals 3
  • Pirates 7, Nationals 3
  • Cubs and Reds had the day off.

This Weekend's Division Games

  • Braves @ Cardinals
    Friday: Manny Banuelos vs. Tim Cooney - 7:15 pm
    Saturday: Shelby Miller vs. Carlos Martinez - 6:15 pm
    Sunday: Matt Wisler vs. Michael Wacha - 1:15 pm
  • Nationals @ Pirates
    Friday: Max Scherzer vs. Jeff Locke - 6:05 pm
    Saturday: Gio Gonzalez vs. A.J. Burnett - 6:05 pm
    Sunday: Joe Ross vs. Gerrit Cole - 12:35 pm
  • Phillies @ Cubs
    Friday: Jerome Williams vs. Jon Lester - 3:05 pm
    Saturday: Cole Hamels vs. Jake Arrieta - 3:05 pm
    Sunday: Aaron Nola vs. Jason Hammel - 1:20 pm
  • Reds @ Rockies
    Friday: Anthony DeSclafani vs. Eddie Butler -  7:40 pm
    Saturday: Johnny Cueto vs. Chris Rusin - 7:10 pm
    Sunday: Michael Lorenzen vs. Kyle Kendrick - 3:10 pm
This Weekend's Action

The Brewers continue their four-game series against the Diamondbacks through this weekend. Yesterday, Derek previewed the full series. Here are the starting matchups:

Friday: Jimmy Nelson vs. Patrick Corbin - 8:40 pm
Saturday: Taylor Jungmann vs. Rubby De La Rosa - 7:10 pm
Sunday: Matt Garza vs. Jeremy Hellickson - 3:10 pm