By Nick Kapetan on June 3, 2014
As the baseball season enters its third month, the Milwaukee Brewers still find themselves at the top of the NL Central. Barring a major downfall, the team will be buyers at the deadline. While they will be looking to add players, there are still a few who they should be looking to deal away.
After a stellar 2012 where Fiers went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA, he struggled in 2013. Accumulating a 7.25 ERA in 11 outings, most of them in relief, Fiers was the odd man out of the rotation heading into 2014. The righty has shown that he possesses a durable arm and could be a cheap option as a long relief man and spot starter for another contender.
Just like Fiers, Burgos is on the outside looking in when it comes to the Brewers' rotation. With the rotation filled with successful youngsters or hefty contract veterans, the 26-year-old Burgos finds himself in the minors. In 2013, Burgos showed flashes of greatness but finished with a 6.44 ERA in six starts. While Fiers will not bring back an impact player, a package featuring Burgos will.
An overlooked aspect of every successful baseball team is the availability of steady lefty arms in the bullpen. With the emergence of Zach Duke and Will Smith, the Brewers have stashed Gorzelanny in the minors. He has been an effective reliever for the past three seasons, but he could still start a game or two in a moment's notice. At a cheap price, the 31-year-old would be an under-the-radar acquisition for any team.
Overbay has struggled in his return to Milwaukee. The 37-year-old is hitting a meager .205 as the team's backup first baseman, but that does not mean that he will not draw interest. The New York Yankees are looking for an experienced backup at first to give injury-prone Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran some rest.
Weeks is the prime trading piece the Brewers have this season. With the emergence of Scooter Gennett at second base, Weeks has become expendable. He has shown that he still has something left in the tank by batting .310 in 85 at-bats this season. Interest is high throughout the majors for an experienced second baseman, but the Brewers must be willing to eat a large chunk of his $ 11 million contract.
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