The latest pitcher to be mentioned alongside the starter-hungry Brewers is right-hander Kevin Correia of the Padres, who would be a step down from the other players linked to Milwaukee (Roy Halladay, Jarrod Washburn among them) but at least could help plug some holes.
Correia is 7-8 with a 4.75 ERA and would come cheaply, according to the FOXSports.com blog item that mentioned the Brewers as one of the interested teams. No deal is imminent, the report said.
The Brewers’ rotation is a bit of a mess, with Dave Bush (triceps) on the disabled list and Jeff Suppan (oblique) in limbo for his Saturday start ahead of a Thursday appointment with the doctor. The Brewers have already tried Seth McClung and Mike Burns as in-house replacements before sending them back to the bullpen (now McClung is on the DL with an elbow injury). The team will give another reliever, Carlos Villanueva, one more chance to start on Sunday in San Diego.
As I reported earlier this week, Brewers GM Doug Melvin will be on the team’s chartered flight to San Diego this afternoon, meaning he’ll be out of contact with Trade Deadline buzz for a few hours but will be back in the pocket for the final hours on Friday. The deadline to move players without exposing them to waivers is July 31 at 4 p.m. ET.
— Adam McCalvy
Repeat after me: First baseman Adrian Gonzalez and closer Heath Bell, the Padres two All-Star Game representatives, aren’t going anywhere.
Not this month, anyway.
If the Padres are going to make a deal before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline it will likely mean sending pitcher Kevin Correia, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff or possibly their second baseman, David Eckstein, elsewhere.
Here’s a link to a story I did on Correia. Still not a whole lot of interest from other teams about Correia, which is a little surprising. He’s had 11 quality starts and has generally been pitching better the last two months than he did in April and May.
I’ve been told the Padres haven’t gotten a whole lot of hits from other teams on Kouzmanoff or Eckstein, who has been on the DL with a hamstring injury. He will come off the DL later in the week, which might hamper his chances of getting moved.
The Padres, to date, have traded reliever Cla Meredith to the Orioles for infielder Oscar Salazar and outfielder Scott Hairston to the A’s for three pitchers. Are they done? I have a sneaking suspicion they aren’t. Stay tuned.
— Corey Brock