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MLB Rumors: 5 Players Milwaukee Brewers Are Looking To Sell

The Milwaukee Brewers may be forced to sell after coming off an unbearable sweep at the hands of the NL Central division leading Cincinnati Reds, which just may have ended their playoff dreams with over two months of baseball left to play.

Milwaukee started out the second half of the season on the right foot after winning series’ against the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals until they hit a brick wall in Cincinnati. The red hot Reds are 8-2 in their last 10 games and are primed to make a push for their second division title in three years.

Considering the Brewers are 10.5 games out of first place in the division and 7.5 games back of the two National League wild card spots, it appears general manager Doug Melvin will have no choice but to trade some players. It is unfortunate considering he was optimistic Milwaukee could something going after the All-Star break, however, a 4-5 record against three key division opponents is not what he had in mind.

The following are five players the Brewers could consider selling before the July 31 trade deadline:

Randy Wolf

Trade Chances: High

Randy Wolf is one of the expendable pitchers in the starting rotation. He is in the last year of his contract and there is simply no way the Brewers bring him back next season for anything more than the bare minimum. Milwaukee has several talented prospects they would like to see in the rotation this season so they can decide who will make the cut next year, especially if Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum flee in free agency.

George Kottaras

Trade Chances: High

George Kottaras is the odd man out among the three catchers as Martin Maldonado has proven he is worthy of at least a backup position in the major leagues. With Jonathan Lucroy coming back soon Kottaras will be sent down to the minors unless the Brewers decide to keep three catchers, which is something I do not see them doing. At this rate, Kottaras will not be on the team next year so it only makes sense for Milwaukee to try and get something for him now.

Francisco Rodriguez

Trade Chances: Medium

The only reason the Brewers do not trade Francisco Rodriguez is if they cannot find a team who wants him for a good price. It is nothing personal with Rodriguez, which is the same with all of these players, but there is a very small chance Milwaukee signs him next season. For that reason alone, not to mention the money still left on his $8 million contract, the Brewers will actively pursue a team in need of his services. It would appear a team could use his arm in the bullpen down the stretch but the reality is if someone wanted him in a closer or setup role this season then they would have signed him during the winter meetings.

Zack Greinke

Trade Chances: Medium

Greinke has been the center of trade talks for a couple weeks now but since Milwaukee recently offered him somewhere around a $100 million deal, the chatter has appeared to die down. There is no question the Brewers want to keep Greinke long-term and it seems they are willing to pay him a lot of money to do so. However, Melvin will still listen to trade offers throughout the week, especially if Greinke is on the fence about signing an extension. If the right-hander passes on the deal, expect him to get moved at some point in the next eight days.

Aramis Ramirez

Trade Chances: Low

There are several teams inquiring about Aramis Ramirez, including the Los Angeles Dodgers who appear to be willing to give up a lot for the third baseman. However, the Brewers signed Ramirez to provide protection for Ryan Braun over the next three years, which means it would not make sense to trade him right away. The only reason I could see this happening is if Milwaukee has their eyes set on a big-time free agent that they believe they can sign in the offseason and needs to clear cap room in order to do so. Other than that, expect Ramirez to remain in a Brewers uniform.