Brewers a mystery as Deadline looms
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin won’t reveal whether he has decided to buy, sell or hold at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, which looms less than two weeks away.
Which way is he leaning?
“Staying prepared,” Melvin said simply.
Like so many Major League teams, the Brewers are somewhere in the middle. On one hand, they have been playing much better — back to within three games of .500 at 44-47, only four games off last year’s pace, when they won 96 regular-season games and the National League Central.
On the other hand, the Brewers seem stuck in fourth place, seven games behind the co-division-leading Reds entering a crucial series in Cincinnati set to begin Friday night. While going 10-5 over their last 15 games, the Brewers have gained one game on first place. They also hold a valuable trade chip in Zack Greinke, a free agent to be who seems determined to test the market.
The outcome of the weekend Cincinnati series could push Melvin one direction or the other.
“It’s a gut feel,” Melvin said.
I laid out Melvin’s three options — buy, sell or hold — in a story today while the Brewers enjoyed an off-day.
Melvin is in a tough spot — the Brewers will draw nearly three million fans to Miller Park this season, have not made a “sell” oriented move since 2006, and players like Ryan Braun still honestly believe the team can make a run for the postseason. But, Melvin made some comments in my story boosting Greinke’s value in a trade, if the Brewers opt to go that way.
It’s going to be an interesting weekend in Cincinnati…
– Adam McCalvy