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What We Learned: An old friend returns on deadline day

Jeremy Jeffress returned to the Brewers in the only deal they pulled off at the trade deadline. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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The Brewers had the day off yesterday.

Brewers News and Notes

The buzz around the Brewers yesterday was in regards to the trade deadline. Would the Brewers pull off a big trade prior to the deadline, or would they stick with what they have? At the end of the day, they mostly decided to stick with the current roster, but they did make one addition. They brought back reliever Jeremy Jeffress in a trade with the Rangers, sending prospect Tayler Scott in return. This trade is more of a reclamation project than a competitive trade. Jeffress has been struggling in Texas this season, and with the Rangers selling, they were willing to trade him. The Brewers are going to see if they can turn him back around, and if they can’t, it’s a low risk play anyway, and won’t cost them much.

Meanwhile, several other teams improved, including the Cubs, Dodgers, and Yankees, who were some of the big buyers at the deadline. The Brewers decision to not make a move doesn’t mean they don’t intend to compete, it just means they weren’t willing to meet the price of any of the sellers. Will that come back to hurt them? We won’t know for a while, because it partially depends on if the prospects they held on to develop or not.

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers bring back Jeremy Jeffress in trade with Rangers
Jamyes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers confirm Jeremy Jeffress trade; designate Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals @ Milwaukee Brewers
Jaymes L, BCB

BCB Tracking Poll - Week 18
aaronetc, BCB FanPost

Links from Other Sites

Stearns' deals pay off even as GM stacks talent
Phil Rogers,

A Look Back at the Biggest Brewers Trade Deadline Deals
Kyle Lobner, Shepherd Express

The Prison and the Ball Park: Bud Selig’s Fight Against the Centerfield Penitentiary
Matthew J. Prigge, Shepherd Express

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 64-42

  • Monday: Colorado Springs 9, Las Vegas 3
  • Tuesday: Colorado Springs @ Las Vegas | 9:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 52-54

  • Monday: Jacksonville 2, Biloxi 3
  • Tuesday: Jacksonville @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 55-51

  • Monday: Down East 0, Carolina 5
  • Tuesday: Down East @ Carolina | 6:00 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 43-62

  • Monday: Wisconsin 3, Peoria 4
  • Tuesday: Wisconsin @ Peoria | 7:00 pm

DSL Brewers (R) | 23-26

  • Monday: DSL Brewers 6, DSL Rojos 0
  • Monday: DSL Brewers 5, DSL Rojos 4
  • Tuesday: DSL Rojos @ DSL Brewers | 9:30 am

DSL Indians/Brewers (R) | 19-28

  • Monday: DSL Indians/Brewers 3, DSL Rays2 2
  • Tuesday: DSL Rays2 @ DSL Indians/Brewers | 9:30 am

Helena Brewers (R) | 16-23

  • Monday: Off Day
  • Tuesday: Off Day

AZL Brewers (R) | 20-9

  • Monday: AZL D-backs 2, AZL Brewers 8
  • Tuesday: AZL Brewers @ AZL Cubs | 9:00 pm

Check out our prospect reports for more information on minor league performances.

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Monday, July 31

NL Central Update

Monday’s Games

All five NL Central teams were off.

Tuesday’s Games

  • Reds (Homer Bailey) @ Pirates (Jameson Taillon) | 6:05 pm
  • Diamondbacks (Patrick Corbin) @ Cubs (Jon Lester) | 7:05 pm

Today’s Game

Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) | 6:40 pm