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GM: Brewers unlikely to trade Fielder or Braun for pitching

Oct 8, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

Asked yesterday whether the Brewers will look to trade Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun for pitching help, general manager Doug Melvin said: “I don’t see that happening.”
Milwaukee finished next-to-last in the NL with a 4.87 ERA, including a league-worst 5.37 mark from the rotation that lost CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets from 2008, but Melvin smartly seems to realize that trading MVP-caliber hitters isn’t the solution for those problems, especially when Fielder is under team control through 2011 and Braun is signed through 2015.

In fantasy baseball, you can dream about what you could get back for Prince or Ryan Braun. In reality, there’s not too many teams that can give up the package that we would really want that would guarantee you to be competitive.

Melvin also added that keeping both Alcides Escobar and J.J. Hardy next season “would be very difficult,” which makes it pretty obvious that the Brewers will be shopping Hardy for pitching help this offseason. Hardy had a very disappointing year, losing his starting job to Escobar down the stretch, but he’s still a 26-year-old shortstop with a good glove and .267/.325/.441 hitting line over the past three seasons. Milwaukee should be able to get at least a solid mid-rotation starter for Hardy.

  1. lookatthosetwins - Oct 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    How about Delmon for JJ? Cal Ripken thinks Delmon will be “the key to the series” and Ron Darling actually insinuated that while the Young/Garza trade worked out for the Rays last year, it worked out better for us this year. I understand that we’re in the playoffs and they aren’t, but that was one of the three dumbest things he said that hour. If we could move him for something of actual value, like 1/3 of JJ Hardy, I would be extatic. I just worry BS is buying into this crap also.

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