Brewers Looking For Bullpen Help
I Go To GM Doug Melvin For Answers
Brewers GM Doug Melvin says the talent pool is smaller than in previous years, because surprise teams like the Diamondbacks and Mariners are still in playoff contention.
That doesn't mean Melvin won't try, especially for help in the bullpen. When I asked him about asking the Padres for Heath Bell or Mike Adams, Melvin said "I haven't talked to the Padres yet. I placed a call but haven't heard from them. If they're going to trade them, they'll call. Personally I can't talk about another team's players but it would be surprising if they would trade both of them."
The key word is yet. At least Melvin is exploring that possibility for his beleaguered bullpen.
I still get a lot of fans asking me if the Brewers would think about trading Prince Fielder at the trading deadline. Melvin's response? "It's never crossed my mind to trade him, at this point. So I don't see that happening."
Melvin admits he hasn't talked to Prince's agent Scott Boras, and won't until season's end.
The Brewers GM not looking for starting pitching at this juncture. And as for the slumping Casey McGehee at third and the defensively shaky Yuniesky Betancourt at short, Melvin points to scouts saying his team is rated above average defensively. A trade for a right handed bat and a late inning defensive replacement could still be out there, but apparently the Brewers GM rates the left side of his infield higher than some others might do.
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