Bush's quality not equating to trade talk

Bush's quality not equating to trade talk

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Dave Bush entered the week with 13 quality starts, just as many as Texas' Cliff Lee, considered the best available pitcher on the summer trade market before he was dealt from Seattle to Texas.

Bush had one more quality start than Dan Haren, who has already been traded, and Ted Lilly, who is a staple of rumors. And like Lee and Lilly, Bush is a free agent at the end of the season.

Yet Bush, 30, is generating almost no trade buzz.

"I get a kick out of teams talking about all of these other pitchers, and [Bush] has more quality starts than all of them," general manager Doug Melvin said. "He's pitched as well or better than some of these names I hear on the trade front.

"His name never comes up. That's fine. That's Dave Bush. He always goes under the radar."

Bush, earning $4.2 million this season in his final year of arbitration, is 5-8 with a respectable 4.21 ERA and has met the definition of a "quality start" -- six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs -- in 13 of his 20 starts.

For comparison, Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo has been "quality" in 12 of his 19 starts, or 63 percent. Bush's rate is slightly better, at 65 percent.

Melvin noted that Bush's ERA has ballooned because of the four starts out of 20 in which he allowed more than three earned runs. In those four games, Bush is 0-3 with a 14.79 ERA. In his other 17 starts, he's 5-5 with a 2.77 ERA.

Bush last pitched on Saturday and beat the Nationals. It was a nice rebound from his loss in Pittsburgh on July 20 in which he allowed 10 runs -- five earned -- in only four innings.