As the All Star Break continues, and the all stars play the game, we will continue to examine the team. With the trade deadline looming, and the Brewers 8 games behind the Pirates at the break the primary question is what should the Brewers do. So today we will answer the question. Should Milwaukee be buyers or sellers.
For the reason of incredible injuries, the team should be buyers. But what can you pick up to improve the team. The only logical idea would be pick up a shortstop. But no one is going to give you a shortstop in buyer mode. And the other question is why would the Brewers trade away more talent to pick up a shortstop. So with that in mind, it wouldn't be wise to be a buyer. But if not a buyer, then what?
You could be sellers. But even that isn't the best option either. To be sellers, you are mortgaging any chance to resign Zack Greinke. Any contending team would snatch up Greinke in a microsecond. And the price tag has to be right. And all signs point to a large tag for Zack. Another option is trading Francisco Rodriguez. Trading him will be challenging considering his season so far. Chances are any trade would involve a shortstop. And the cost of being a seller is quite steep. Most sellers, are in rebuild mode, the Brewers are not in rebuild mode, they are having a tough season with injuries and inconsistency. So should they be sellers? I am not so sure.
But to provide an answer, at this time with about two weeks to the trade deadline and a stretch of Central Division teams; the Brewers would be smart to stand neutral for now. The next week or so will be a huge factor in buy or sell. If this team falls further out of contention, selling would be the only logical course of action. But keep in mind, the Brewers are not in rebuild mode. So this will not be a fire sale. Milwaukee would be a minor seller. Zack Greinke and Francisco Rodriguez are the only players even remotely intriguing to any potential contender.
So to recap at this point, the Brewers should stand tall and be quiet at the deadline. Give resigning Greinke a shot in the off season. Hopefully they can afford him some how. Selling seems too risky for a team that was so good last season, and still have the talent this season.
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