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What We Learned: Preparing for trade deadline weekend

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The trade deadline is on Monday, and there’s still a lot that could happen in the next few days. We catch you up on the news from the week in today’s What We Learned.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Jacob Barnes to DL, Michael Blazek Returns | eddiemathews, BCB

The Brewers placed Jacob Barnes on the disabled list on Wednesday with elbow soreness. They recalled Michael Blazek to fill the roster spot.

Jonathan Villar pulled after two innings | eddiemathews, BCB

In Wednesday’s game, Jonathan Villar was pulled from the game after two innings, where he committed two errors and was caught stealing third base. After the game, Counsell talked to the media about why he pulled Villar.

Brewers Trade Rumors: Reported asking price for Jeremy Jeffress is high | -JP-, BCB

If the Brewers are going to trade Jeremy Jeffress, they are going to need to be overwhelmed by an offer, and the starting bid will include a team’s top prospect and another mid-level prospect.

The Brewers Should Check in on Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The Diamondbacks have sent Shelby Miller to the minor leagues, and are reportedly interested in trading him. Could the Brewers be a good fit.

Brewers Trade Rumors: “Momentum Building” towards a Lucroy Trade | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

As the trade deadline gets closer, the momentum to trade Jonathan Lucroy is growing. Several teams are in on the negotiations, including a mystery team.

Primed for a comeback...Memes you should be using but aren't! | Yar Nivek, BCB FanPost

There are many memes on BCB to use, though some have not seem much usage recently.

Links from Other Sites

Broxton aims to keep progressing in Majors | Curt Hogg, Brewers.com

Keon Broxton has been making progress in the minor leagues, and hopes to carry that over in his current major league stint.

Lucroy rests; Braun nurses side pain | Curt Hogg, Brewers.com

Jonathan Lucroy got an off-day on Thursday. Meanwhile, Ryan Braun was a surprise scratch with side pain.

How Lucroy’s Defensive Decline Affects His Value | Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee

Lucroy’s defensive stats have gone down in recent years, costing him some value, though still has plenty of value remaining.

Brewers and Mets aren’t obvious trade partners for Lucroy | Nathan Petrashek, Cream City Cables

Though a trade between the two isn’t impossible, there’s no obvious pieces that the Brewers want from the Mets.

Gomez Trades One Year Later | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

It’s been nearly a year since Carlos Gomez was traded, and it’s time to take a look back at the trade and see how each side did.

What This Deadline Could Tell Us About Stearns | Julien Assouline, BP Milwaukee

With David Stearns’ first full deadline here, we will learn a lot about him from the deals he makes (or doesn’t make) in the next few days.

Minor League Update

News and Notes

Milwaukee Brewers Down On The Farm Report: Week 16 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Looking back at week 16 in the minor leagues.

Brewers place 5 in MLB Pipeline’s updated Top 100 | Derek Harvey, BCB

MLB Pipeline released updated midseason rankings yesterday, and the Brewers placed five players in the new top 100 minor league players.

Top 30 MLB Pipeline Brewers Prospects Pre- And Post-Refresh | The Brewer Nation

There’s been several changes in the Brewers system, and The Brewer Nation has both lists to compare and contrast the changes.

Three Brewers Named to Pioneer League All-Star Team | Marcus Young, Miller Park Prospects

Nash Walters, Jordan Desguin, and Colton Cross all made the Pioneer League All-Star team for the Helena Brewers.

Adrian Houser was ‘ready to take off’ before Tommy John surgery | Patrick Ochs, Sun Herald

Adrian Houser’s season came to an end a little too soon, as his recent results suggested a turnaround was upcoming.

Around Baseball

News

Blue Jays acquire Melvin Upton Jr. from Padres | Justin Klugh, MLB Daily Dish

The Blue Jays began working to improve their team, acquiring Melvin Upton Jr. and cash from the Padres for RHP Hansel Rodriguez.

Blue Jays, Mariners swap Drew Storen for Joaquin Benoit | Michael Bradburn, MLB Daily Dish

The Blue Jays carried out a second trade on Tuesday, acquiring reliever Drew Storen and cash for reliever Joaquin Benoit.

Giants acquire All-Star infielder Eduardo Nunez from Twins | Associated Press

The Giants got an infielder, acquiring Eduardo Nunez from the Twins for minor-league pitcher Adalberto Mejia.

Rangers acquire Lucas Harrell, Dario Alvarez from Braves | Chris Cotillo, MLB Daily Dish

The Rangers got two pitchers, Lucas Harrell and Dario Alvarez, from the Braves for infield prospect Travis Demeritte.

(Note from Author: I’m currently in the middle of moving, so WWL has been shortened/delayed due to that. Hoping to be back to a regular schedule by Tuesday of next week.)