By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 1, 2014
With the 2014 MLB trade deadline less than one month away, the trade rumors are beginning to heat up. The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the teams at the forefront of the speculation simply because of their supreme status in baseball in the first half of the season. Here’s a look at five whispers that involve Brewers trade rumors a month before the trade deadline.
Rickie Weeks has raised his level of play this season, which is a good thing for two reasons. He has helped the Brewers to a successful first half, and there’s a chance his increased trade value will give them a necessary piece to help down the stretch. Milwaukee hasn’t ruled out trading Weeks, but at this point, it’s just a matter of finding the right team to deal.
GM Doug Melvin has stated he has every intention of bolstering the pitching staff at the trade deadline. In particular, a reliever to give the bullpen an extra arm to ensure no late-game collapses in critical matchups. He has talked about how Huston Street would be a great addition. Obviously, Street wouldn’t be acquired to be the closer, but he could still bring quality to the bullpen.
Street’s teammate, Joaquin Benoit, is another talented reliever who is expected to be traded. There really hasn’t been too much of a connection to the Brewers, with the lone exception being that the organization has definitely considered his acquisition to be a possibility. The issue is Milwaukee doesn’t plan on giving up the future to acquire an arm for the short-term.
There have been rumors that the Brewers are interested in improving the infield, more specifically the first base position. Even though first base is by far the biggest weakness on the team, it’s not enough where Melvin believes he must make a move. Veterans Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay have come through in the clutch enough to give the Brewers confidence. Reynolds in particular has played better than expected.
Believe it or not, the Brewers are one of the teams mentioned to have interest in a trade for starting pitcher David Price. There’s no guarantee that he gets dealt but all signs point to it happening. Melvin said, “he’s open to anything” when asked about Price. He also compared Price to when the Brewers traded for C.C. Sabathia at the deadline in 2008. Clearly, this would be a huge move for Milwaukee. One that would give them the final boost they
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