Brewers’ Roenicke: ‘I like what we have’
With fewer than 10 days remaining before the July 31 nonwaiver Trade Deadline, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expressed confidence in his club Tuesday as it’s currently constructed.
Asked how much he and general manager Doug Melvin were discussing the team’s trade options, Roenicke said, “I’m not talking much. We talked [Monday] a little bit. He’s the one that handles all of this. He runs stuff by me, but I have enough to handle here with what we are trying to do. I’m really concerned with what we are doing and not, ‘Can we get help?’ or whatever it is we are going to do get if we get help. I like we have, and we’ll try to do the best with what we have.”
The Brewers made a move to bolster the bullpen Monday, promoting former first-round Draft pick Jeremy Jeffress. Former closer Jim Henderson is at Triple-A Nashville rehabbing a shoulder injury and could be an option if he rediscovers his consistent velocity. Other additions would probably have to come from outside the organization.
If Melvin does not find any trade offers to his liking, does Roenicke believe the Brewers’ current crop if players is good enough to win the World Series?
“I think if you look at what we did in the beginning of the season — I know we lost Henderson, I know we lost [Tyler] Thornburg and that makes a difference having that one power arm down there — but I like what we have down on the field,” Roenicke said. “You can always improve yourself somewhere. Every team can. Sometimes it works out in a trade, sometimes it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, we’ll work with what we have.”
— Adam McCalvy