The trade deadline, a notoriously crazy day for baseball teams, media types, and fans, was as frenetic as ever this year, but the Brewers were completely left out of the action. After flipping Zack Greinke to the Angels on Friday, the club’s only real trade chips were various relievers (Francisco Rodriguez, Manny Parra, Kameron Loe, and John Axford had all been mentioned at one time or another) and, if the club was really down on their future, Aramis Ramirez and/or Corey Hart. However, the 13.03 ERA those pitchers combined to put up over the last week apparently quashed any immediate interest in them, and nothing happened on either the Ramirez or Hart front. In fact, Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt that he didn’t get a single call from another GM today.
By today, it was pretty clear that July 31 was going to be a relatively quiet day, but the absolute absence of activity was surprising – the closest thing to a rumor being thrown around today was when one of the many “MLB Insiders” on Twitter was fed a tip (as a joke, it turns out) that the Brewers and Diamondbacks were working on a trade for Corey Hart; a few people, myself included, got excited for about two minutes before everyone realized the guy didn’t know what he was talking about. However, given the current state of the Brewers, this can actually be considered a good sign.
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