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The Brewers made a run at David Price in July

Aug 31, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Brewers attempted to trade with the Rays to acquire ace David Price, but talks broke down because they were unwilling to part with pitcher Jimmy Nelson. Price, of course, wound up being traded to the Tigers in a three-team trade that also involved the Mariners.

Since joining the Tigers, Price has posted a 4.41 ERA with a 35/7 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings across five starts. In his last start, Price failed to record an out in the third inning after the Yankees strung together nine consecutive hits.

Nelson, 25, made a spot start for the Brewers in late May, then joined the rotation in mid-July, just ahead of the All-Star break. In nine starts, Nelson has a 4.10 ERA with a 45/15 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. The right-hander was rated a top-100 overall prospect entering the season by both and Baseball America, according to Baseball Reference.

The Brewers entered Sunday’s action clinging to a one-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central.

  1. bronco58lb - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Nelson made a lot of strides with his command this year, but he’s 25 and not quite that top tier pitching prospect. I like the Brewers depth, but wonder if they have that ace that matches up with Washington or LA.

  2. kingkershaw - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    The Rays were foolish not to trade him to the A’s for Russell or the Dodgers for Pederson. The A’s made a terrible decision trading Russell to not even win the the division. The Dodgers made the right decision.

    • jashton11 - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Takes two to tango. From what I’ve read, the Rays asked for Russell from Oakland, but Beane went with the Cubs’ offer because he could get Samardzija AND Hammel. As for the Dodgers, it was widely reported they weren’t willing to trade Pederson or any of their other top prospects.

  3. maddog11896 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Gonna be an interesting off season for the Brewers. Weeks and K-Rod are likely not going to be resigned, and Ramirez and Gallardo both have options tied to them (Ramirez a $14 million mutual option, Gallardo a $13 million team option) that may or may not be vested, as well as a few arms leaving the bullpen… not sure where this team is going to go. They’ve begun a youth movement no doubt, with the likes of Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett, but they’re going to have some holes to fill. Looking forward to this season (and hopefully, the playoffs) for the Brewers, but the future has me worried.

    • brewcrewchamps - Sep 1, 2014 at 4:53 AM

      Weeks is not a huge loss, k-rod is covered with broxton now or else maybe even jeffress? A-Ram will be back, Gallardo might not be. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was passed up for maybe even Fiers.

      A lot of maybes but I think we will be close to the same. Is Parra back next year? I don’t know off the top of my head

      • maddog11896 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        No, Weeks isn’t much of a loss, and K-Rod would cost too much money, but not as much as Broxton will be making. I want Ramirez to come back, but mutual options are hardly ever vested because the player usually thinks he can make more money or the team thinks he’s not worth it. In this situation however, I think that may be what he should earn and he might stay. Yo hasn’t been too bad as of late, if he can keep his ERA under 3.50 I think they keep him. Our 1st base duo will be free agents and I highly doubt we keep either of them. We’ve got a few pieces moving from the bullpen as well, Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny’s contracts are up. Now let’s say hypothetically all these guys leave. We’ve got a hole in the rotation, no 3rd or first basemen, and 2 or 3 arms in the bullpen that need replacing.

        And yea, Parra is arbitration eligible this offseason so he’s likely coming back.

      • brewcrewchamps - Sep 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Does hunter take first base next year? Hell, Raul ibanez might be available

    • perryt200 - Sep 1, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Well if the Cubs are going to move up in the division they have to beat somebody. It might as well be the Brewers.

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