Despite the Brewers’ winning four-consecutive games, the trade rumors surrounding Zack Greinke have only intensified.
ESPN writes that the Brewers have sent a special assignment scout to Texas’ Double-A affiliate. That is where coveted prospect Mike Olt is currently assigned and serves as further proof that the Rangers are deeply interested in the right-hander, if the Brewers were to make him available over the next month. It also shows that top prospect Jurickson Profar is not available — nor should he be.
Buster Olney recently opined that Greinke for Braves’ right-hander Randall Delgado would make “complete sense” for both sides. Delgado, 22, would fit the Brewers’ desire to remain competitive in 2013 because they would be acquiring big-league-ready talent. Of course, the Brewers would be sacrificing ultimate upside in any deal that would acquire such talent.
Delgado currently owns a 4.52 ERA and 4.18 FIP in his second stint at the big league level. He is incredibly young and still learning how to adjust to big league hitters, but his traditional command problems continue to hinder his effectiveness. Still, a 22-year-old righty with a 91-94 MPH fastball and a plus curveball would certainly interest the Brewers. Baseball America wrote before the season that he should be a solid number three starter with the potential to be a number two with some refinement.
Again, these rumors hinge on whether or not the Brewers decide to open their doors and make players available, and Milwaukee’s most-recent winning streak should put that decision on hold.