Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets main target for an acquisition before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is a reliever, and includes Jeremy Jeffress in his list of possibilities.
Puma's article begins with the premise that the back end of the Met's pen is well stocked, and they are looking more for a seventh inning guy. Granted, having Jeffress in that position would be an upgrade for most teams, but it would seem likely that what the Brewers are hoping to get back for Jeremy is more than the Mets are willing to spend for that slot.
The Brewers were willing to talk to the Marlins before Miami acquired Fernando Rodney, as reported by Kyle. The Marlins sent 20 year old Chris Paddack to the Padres, which would seem to be an acceptable return for the Brewers' closer. However the rumor is that Stearns wanted Paddack plus two more prospects in exchange for his closer, so we at least have some idea what the starting asking price if for Jeffress.
Jeffress will be linked to anybody looking for relief help from now through August 1st, and certainly into the off season if he isn't dealt by the deadline. The acquisition of Rob Scahill on waivers from the Pirates says that the Brewers are adding bullpen ready arms in case somebody is dealt. I haven't seen rumors about Will Smith or Tyler Thornburg, but with three able arms available and the Wild Card races in a state of flux it certainly seems to be a distinct possibility.
The Brewers have Michael Blazek available at AAA Colorado Springs as well as Scahill (although Blazek will need to stay down for ten days before recall). And Tim Dillard, of course.
In a totally unrelated development, the Red Sox sent 18 year old pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza to San Diego for All Star lefty Drew Pomeranz. The Red Sox have seemed a logical target for a Jonathon Lucroy trade, as the position is one of need for them, and Espinoza would have been a tempting target. But Dave Dombrowski now seems committed to going all in this year, and is very aggressive.
I am committed to the Brewers getting good, young arms in their trades this season, but that isn't necessarily what they are looking for. Position players can be dealt down the line for pitchers, whether said position players are prospects or veterans, so a series of deals that don't net future staff aces (or at least future major leaguers) don't signal that GM David Stearns doesn't understand the teams biggest needs.