MILWAUKEE -- With an eye on a stretch of intra-divisional games immediately after the All-Star break, the Brewers' top baseball officials met Sunday to mull some difficult decisions ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The latest "state of the franchise" discussion took place Sunday morning with principal owner Mark Attanasio, general manager Doug Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash and manager Ron Roenicke. According to Roenicke, they discussed ways to potentially improve the team in addition to the alternative, which he described as, "looking at what's going to happen if things don't go well." Call it hoping for the best, but planning for everything else.
The Brewers entered Monday with a 36-42 record, in fourth place in the National League Central and seven games behind the first-place Reds. The Brewers were also six games out in the very early stages of the NL Wild Card race. "We're still hopeful that this thing is going to happen," Roenicke said. "We're seven games out, and in the division we're in, we still feel that if we put together a good run that we'll have a chance to get back in this. You guys know -- I don't like to look at our schedule and what's coming up. But when you have a conversation with Doug, he's got it figured out where we need to make a run. And he's right." That time comes immediately after the All-Star break, when the Brewers play consecutive series against each of the three teams they trail in the National League Central -- the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds. The first two series are at Miller Park. "Somewhere in that time period, we need to do something," Roenicke said.