Brewers don’t make any deadline deals | Disciples of Uecker

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The Brewers entered deadline day with the fourth-worst record in the Major Leagues, the fourth-worst run differential in the National League, 12.5 games behind Cincinnati for the second wildcard. They’re in last place in the NL Central, 18.5 games behind St. Louis. If there’s a profile for a team that should be selling at the deadline, this is it.

The Brewers didn’t make any trades on deadline day.

Granted, some of that is due to bad injury luck. Aramis Ramirez’s knee has kept him on the disabled list longer than expected, and Yovani Gallardo strained his left hamstring in yesterday’s doubleheader against the Cubs. While it seemed unlikely either would be traded even before their injuries, the timing didn’t help the Brewers cook up any trade opportunities, either.

But even without Ramirez and Gallardo available, it wasn’t like the Brewers were lacking in trade pieces. Kyle Lohse could have been attractive to a contender, considering names like Ian Kennedy and Bud Norris — solid yet completely average starting pitchers — were dominating the rumor mill. There’s also a slew of pitchers in the bullpen that could have been attractive, from a LOOGY like Michael Gonzalez to potential closers like John Axford or Jim Henderson. Last-place teams have little incentive to hang onto relievers, especially ones not in long-term plans (or in Axford’s case, in danger of being non-tendered in the offseason).

Of course, there’s still the month of August for deals to be made through the waiver wire. Bullpen pieces like Gonzalez shouldn’t have much problem sneaking through waivers, and players like Ramirez with large amounts of money owed for next season may be able to get through, as well. The return in an August deal isn’t likely to be great, but if someone isn’t going to be around next season, it would make sense to get something to hang onto and hope it turns into a lottery ticket.

It’s easy to be upset at Doug Melvin’s perceived lack of action this deadline season, but it was a quiet deadline overall, not just for the Brewers, and it takes two sides to strike a deal. Making a trade just for the sake of making a trade at the deadline is dangerous when you’re a contender, but it can be just as dangerous when you’re a seller. If you have players like Lohse, Gallardo and Ramirez under contract for next season, it doesn’t make much sense to deal them for 75 cents on the dollar to a limited number of contenders in July when you have a better chance at a fair deal in the offseason.

As of now, at least the Brewers have Nicky Delmonico to show for a couple months of Francisco Rodriguez. He’s ranked fifth in our midseason prospect rankings. If that’s the only significant move the Brewers end up making, that’s still a fairly solid prospect added to the system this year.

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  1. Mathdude says: July 31, 2013

    I was surprised how quiet the entire market seemed to be. Not a whole lot of action anywhere.

  2. apdamico says: July 31, 2013

    No much they can do when the players obviously don’t want to leave.

  3. apdamico says: July 31, 2013

    Poor performances and injuries – humm! Seemed like some players must like it here!

  4. Matt T. says: July 31, 2013

    Like I said before, the “losing” end of this trade deadline is that we get to keep capable pitchers like Gallardo and Loshe, and tops guys like Aoki.

  5. Chris says: July 31, 2013

    This is an organization run without any kind of plan. There’s no looking ahead beyond 3 months is there?
    Not making any deals is pathetic. Aoki should have been dealt. Henderson should have been dealt. Weeks should have been dealt, no matter how bad the return. Dumping wasted salaried players has it’s benefits. Paying Rickie 11mil next season vs. paying a FA SP 7-11mil Improves the team!
    Based on how this trade deadline went, Melvin and Co. didn’t orchestrate the deal for Segura+ for Grienke. THE ANGELS called Melvin and offered them to him last season. He likely didn’t call Baltimore and get Delmonico for KRod. Baltimore called and gave that offer to him.
    The Scouting is awful here, a true indicator of not being able to produce any pitching for decades!!! now.
    I don’t get how you move forward with a 90mil+ payroll obligation next season that sits 4th worst in all of Baseball in the standings and say this team is going to work for 2014?
    Seriously! Scooter Gennett at 2b. Schafer in LF. Bianchi/Francisco at 3b. And 30mil to use on payroll spending for 2014. Whether or not there’s a return of talent, it’s better than standing pat!

    • Bob M says: August 1, 2013

      “Weeks should have been dealt, no matter how bad the return. Dumping wasted salaried players has it’s benefits. Paying Rickie 11mil next season vs. paying a FA SP 7-11mil Improves the team!”

      Let’s take a closer look at that.

      Weeks: .302 wOBA, 89 wRC+, 0.0 WAR
      Gennet: .270 wOBA, 67 wRC+, -0.2 WAR

      So Weeks replacement, Gennet, is worse. How about the pitchers?

      Joe Blanton (2/$15): 5.52 ERA, 4.82 FIP, 0.0 WAR
      Jeremy Guthrie (3/$25): 4.22 ERA, 5.32 FIP, -0.2 WAR
      Brett Meyers (1/$7): 8.02 ERA, 8.71 FIP, -0.7 WAR

      I’d rather have Gorzelanny or Hand than any of those guys. They cost less and are more effective.

    • BrewersWorldSeries says: August 1, 2013

      Well Chris, I suppose the Brewers should fire Melvin and make you GM? Other teams have to be willing to make trades with you in order for them to transpire, smart guy. You can’t just snap your fingers and make it happen. And trade Aoki?? He’s been far better than we ever could have hoped for, and he’ll play well for several more years. On second thought, thank god we don’t have someone as shortsighted as you running the Brewers.

      • Ross B says: August 1, 2013

        Except that he is going to get a big raise after next year because he isn’t bound by service time rules, so it isn’t a given he will be a Brewer in 2015. That and he is only league average as a hitter, and that is with a 13.2% IFH%, so if his speed slips even at all he will be decidedly below average. Now, there are off field reasons a trade would be a bad idea, such as his popularity in Milwaukee and the likely additional interest the Brewers will have in Japan, but to say that trading him would be a terrible move is also shortsighted.

  6. brandon says: July 31, 2013

    i think its not a big deal that they didnt make too many trades

    honestly look at this team COMPLETELY 100% HEALTHY, their offense will be there, everyone throughout their official starting lineup (with the exception of weeks) can hit close to .300 with 15-30 hrs

    their pitching completely healthy is fairly strong too, it seems like everyone has forgotten about mark rogers last year and how much he dominated people before they shut him down

    • dbug says: August 1, 2013

      It’s hard to bank on ever having 100% health. I imagine if Aoki or Lohse could have been moved for some good upper-level prospects they would be gone, but if all Melvin could get is low-level guys that are three or four years away, then it wasn’t worth it. Hopefully some of the young pitching in the system makes a big leap, that’s the only way this teams makes a run next year.

  7. Tommy D says: July 31, 2013

    I don’t understand why people want to blow this team. When healthy, this is a pretty stacked lineup. If Hart comes back 100%, we’re a decent starting pitcher or two away from contending again.

    • Tyler says: August 2, 2013

      Agreed, I look at the Pirates 1-8, and the rotation and on paper it’s hard to argue they’re better than the Brewers.. when healthy.

  8. Bratwurst says: August 1, 2013

    Weeks and Gallardo should have went- No one wants Ramirez- You better start building that minor league system back up Remember this team has the second worst record in N. L.


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