Crew likely not dealing down stretch

Crew likely not dealing down stretch

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is not anticipating making any trades before Wednesday, the deadline for other teams to acquire players eligible for postseason rosters.

"I don't think we'll have anything," Melvin said before the Brewers faced the Pirates at Miller Park on Saturday.

The Brewers entered the game 14 games out of first place in the National League Central and 11 games behind the current NL Wild Card leaders, the Phillies. But Melvin is unwilling to move players without getting a worthwhile return, like he did Aug. 9 in a deal with the Reds. Melvin parted with veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds for another outfielder, Chris Dickerson, a Major League-ready player who has performed well since his arrival and figures to be in the mix for a backup outfield spot next spring.

Several Brewers are probably attractive to contending teams, including utility infielder Craig Counsell and revived reliever Trevor Hoffman. In order to be traded after July 31, a player must first be exposed to waivers, and, if he's claimed, his current team can either let him go, pull him back from waivers or use a 48-hour window to work out a trade with the claiming team.

Melvin said an Internet rumor that Hoffman was claimed earlier this week by the White Sox was untrue.