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Brewers deep into Trade Deadline prep

Brewers deep into Trade Deadline prep

Brewers deep into Trade Deadline prep
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Brewers will gather their pro scouts at Miller Park next week to continue fine tuning a strategy for the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Considering the calendar has flipped to July, has chatter among baseball officials started to heat up?

"It's heating up from the point of view that everybody is deep into their homework," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "There have been very preliminary conversations, but nothing firm, yet."

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The Brewers may look to improve the back end of their bullpen, though the return of veteran setup man Takashi Saito from the disabled list on Saturday could be a big help. A national report earlier in the week indicated Milwaukee would seek a right-handed bench bat.

The Brewers rank 20th of the 30 Major League teams in OPS from the shortstop position, and 28th at third base. But while Ash would not totally rule out acquiring a regular, he said, "it's not at the top of the list."

"We're in a pretty good spot, really," Ash said. "We're not out there looking, like we were in '08, for a front-of-the-rotation starter. Those are very hard to get, and we've got those. Now, we're trying to do the fine-tuning."

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