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What We Learned: Trade deadline passes with Gerardo Parra & Jonathan Broxton heading to new places

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In the closing hours before the trade deadline, the Brewers made two more moves, sending Gerardo Parra to the Orioles and Jonathan Broxton to the Cardinals. We discuss that and more in today's What We Learned.

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The 2015 trade deadline ended up being one of the more exciting deadline days in a while. Though it started slow, the last several hours featured many moves that will shake up the playoff races all around the league. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee, the Brewers focus has shifted away from the playoff races and towards the process of rebuilding.

The Brewers made two more deals yesterday before the deadline arrived. The first was one we had heard rumors about on Thursday night, and they came together Friday morning for an official trade. The Brewers traded Gerardo Parra to the Orioles for minor-league pitcher Zach Davies. Originally, Melvin had wanted to get two players for Parra in the deal, but with the deadline approaching he settled for one. With Parra's contract done at the end of the season, getting a trade done was critical, and the return is still a good one. Davies is a pitcher that could be on the roster in September and compete for a rotation spot in the spring.

However, the Brewers weren't done after that. They pulled off one more trade before the deadline, sending Jonathan Broxton and some cash to the Cardinals for minor-league outfielder Malik Collymore. With Broxton also gone at the end of the year, getting something for him is a plus for the Brewers, even if they still have to pay some of his contract. Collymore is still in rookie ball, but could turn into something good for the Brewers if he develops well.

That would end up being it for the Brewers. They weren't able to trade their other expiring contracts in Neal Cotts and Kyle Lohse, and also still have some other trade chips that could be dealt in the offseason. The Brewers did get some good value at the deadline, and as the rebuilding process appears to begin in earnest now, getting as much value as possible is critical for the development of the future.

Yesterday's Results

Cubs 4, Brewers 1

Well, many of you wanted a rebuild, so get ready for games like this to become normal. A home run from Ryan Braun accounted for the only offense in the game. Meanwhile, Taylor Jungmann had a good start, pitching 5.2 IP and allowing three runs, two of those earned.

Brewers News & Notes
Minor League Update
Team Level Record Yesterday Saturday/Sunday
Colorado Springs Sky Sox AAA 43-61 Colorado Springs 3, New Orleans 1 Saturday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs
Sunday: Iowa @ Colorado Springs
Biloxi Shuckers AA 59-42 Biloxi 5, Jackson 0
Biloxi 5, Jackson 3
Saturday: Jackson @ Biloxi
Sunday: Biloxi @ Mobile
Brevard County Manatees A+ 43-68 Brevard County @ Jupiter (PPD) Saturday: Brevard County @ Jupiter (DH)
Sunday: Brevard County @ Jupiter
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 36-68 Quad Cities 7, Wisconsin 1 Saturday: Wisconsin @ Quad Cities
Sunday: Wisconsin @ Quad Cities
DSL Brewers R 22-31 DSL Mets2 6, DSL Brewers 0 Saturday: DSL Brewers @ DSL Mets2
Helena Brewers R 17-23 Great Falls 7, Helena 4 Saturday: Helena @ Great Falls
Sunday: Helena @ Great Falls
AZL Brewers R 16-16 AZL D-backs @ AZL Brewers (PPD) Saturday: AZL Brewers vs. AZL D-backs (DH)
Sunday: AZL Rangers @ AZL Brewers
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This Weekend's Action

The two veterans pitch this weekend for the Brewers. Today, Kyle Hendricks and Matt Garza face off at 6:10 pm. Then, Kyle Lohse faces the dreaded TBD pitcher tomorrow at 1:10 pm.