With just over three weeks until the July 31 Trade Deadline, the Milwaukee Brewers need not rush into a decision regarding their position as a potential seller.
More specifically, CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler tweeted on Friday evening that the Brewers will not make any decision until they face the trio of division leaders just after next week’s All-Star Break.
Brewers telling teams decision on selling will come after they play Pirates, Cards Reds right after A-S break.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) July 6, 2012
That stretch of nine games will prove to be the decisive point in the Brewers’ season. If the team can win each series and make up some ground against in the NL Central, Doug Melvin may even opt to add a complementary piece or two prior to the Trade Deadline. If Milwaukee scuffles or simply plays .500 baseball against the Pirates, Cardinals, and Reds, however, they could choose to place right-hander Zack Greinke — amongst others — on the trading block in hopes of retooling for the 2013 season.
As reported throughout the week, Milwaukee will have no shortage of suitors for Greinke, if he becomes available. The Texas Rangers reportedly covet only left-hander Cole Hamels and Greinke this summer. The Orioles apparently are going hard after Greinke, and apparently the Atlanta Braves are extremely interested in the Brewers’ ace, too.
The Blue Jays and Yankees have been reportedly interested in Greinke at times, as well.
If the Brewers play well after the All-Star Break, however, it may not matter which teams line up to bid for Zack Greinke. Because, if they play well, he’s not available, and the Brewers will be going all-in for another playoff push.
If they don’t play well, however, all bets are off.