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Milwaukee Brewers’ Top 5 Trade Assets

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Milwaukee Brewers' Top 5 Trade Assets

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The Milwaukee Brewers are owners of one of the worst records in the National League and it's sad to see such a talented team underachieve so much.

What's even worse is the fact that they will likely be playing their next 100 games without star player and former MVP Ryan Braun. He is under investigation for the use of illegal substances and unfortunately, he's not being cooperative with MLB on the matter.

Besides having one of at least 20 MLB players set to be suspended following the All-Star break, the Brewers will likely be big sellers when the trade deadline rolls around. Sitting at 37-52 and 17.5 games out of first place in the National League Central, the Brewers likely will have no aspirations to even attempt to try and win in the second half of the season, albeit still mathematically possible.

Milwaukee has one of the top young stars in baseball in shortstop Jean Segura and an up-and-coming star in Carlos Gomez. Both of these guys have been pleasant surprises in this lineup and could provide some excellent trade value for the struggling Brewers.

Since moving to the National League in 1998, the Brewers have yet to win a division title and have not won any NL Pennants. Having never won a World Series and just one Pennant as a franchise, the Brewers are itching to get back to the national spotlight, something they haven't done in years.

Little by little, the Brewers have been trading away some key pieces in recent years, hoping that they will get some young talent that will lead them to the promised land. But who are their top trade assets? Check them out here.

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5. Kyle Lohse, SP

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Kyle Lohse is a veteran arm that has somehow managed to lead the Brewers' pitching staff this season. He's 5-6 with a 3.47 ERA and 66 strikeouts. Teams looking for a solid fifth starter may look no further than the 34-year-old.

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4. Yovani Gallardo, SP

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Quite possibly the best pitcher in the rotation overall, Yovani Gallardo has had a rough season thus far. While the Brewers may be looking to sell come the trade deadline, others are sure to be interested in taking the 27-year-old starter off their hands.

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3. Francisco Rodriguez, Closer

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Francisco Rodriguez finds himself in the role of closer once again for his third team. The prolific closer was once one of the best in the league and is slowly working himself back to that title. K-rod has a 1.25 ERA, a 10.39 K/9 and he's a perfect 9-for-9 in saves.

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2. Carlos Gomez, CF

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On pace to have his best season as a pro, now may be the right time to unload sweet-swinging Carlos Gomez. The 27-year-old outfielder is having a stellar season, boasting a .305 average with 13 long-balls and 41 RBIs. Some teams would pay top dollar to get him on their squad.

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1. Jean Segura, SS

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In my opinion, Jean Segura is, and should be, an untouchable. The budding superstar has become one of the best shortstops in all of baseball, hitting .320 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs. It's not often you see a five-tool shortstop, but Segura has it all. Oh, and his 27 stolen bases aren't too shabby either.