Quiet day for Brewers as Trade Deadline passes

Quiet day for Brewers as Trade Deadline passes

Quiet day for Brewers as Trade Deadline passes
MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park's war room was quiet as baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went on Tuesday afternoon, but that does not mean the Brewers have made their last trade of 2012.

"There wasn't anything there that was desirable for us," general manager Doug Melvin said. "I didn't have any phone calls at all with a general manager all day."

Things might have been different had the bullpen not collapsed so thoroughly beginning last week in Philadelphia. Had free-agent-to-be Francisco Rodriguez converted both of his save opportunities in that series rather than blowing them, "He would be gone, no question," one front-office official said on Tuesday.

Other relievers drew interest earlier in the month, Melvin said, but requests tailed off as the struggles mounted.

But, as Melvin pointed out, trading season is not over yet.

Teams can still swap players if they pass them through waivers first, and the Brewers have three pending free agents who could draw interest -- Rodriguez and starters Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf, whose salaries could help them clear the waiver wire. Marcum would have to get healthy, and Rodriguez and Wolf would need some better results to entice buyers, who must acquire a player by Aug. 31 in order for him to be eligible for postseason play.

Marcum looks like the Brewers' most attractive chip, assuming he can recover from the stiff elbow that has sidelined him since mid-June. Before that injury, Marcum had a 3.39 ERA in 13 starts and a .227 average against.

Marcum is scheduled to throw another bullpen session on Wednesday, then a simulated game over the weekend in St. Louis before heading out for a rehab assignment. He is eligible to return from the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 14.

Moving a starting pitcher or two before the end of the season would make sense for the Brewers, because they want a look at some of the young arms who will figure into the 2013 rotation.