MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers were in talks with the Orioles about left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez before he was traded to Texas on Wednesday, the deadline for teams to acquire players and have them eligible for postseason rosters. It became clear Wednesday evening that the Rangers could make a better offer, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. The Orioles got Major League-ready reliever Pedro Strop, a hard-throwing right-hander who had appeared in 11 games with Texas this season. "We had the irons in the fire," Melvin said.
Gonzalez would have given the Brewers something they do not currently have: A left-handed reliever. He posted a 4.29 ERA in 47 games with Baltimore, but had only been scored upon twice in his last 25 appearances. The Brewers still may wind up with a left-hander in their postseason bullpen, assuming they hang on to win the National League Central. Lefty Chris Narveson, the team's No. 5 starter, could move to relief for the best-of-five Division Series because teams need only three or four starters for that round.