MILWAUKEE -- Besides a minor deal that would send catcher George Kottaras to the A's, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin had no active trade talks as of Saturday afternoon, a big change after a flurry of activity that culminated with Zack Greinke's departure for Anaheim on Friday night. But... "My phone is still working," Melvin said.
The non-waiver Trade Deadline is 3 p.m. CT on Tuesday, and teams can also trade in August if they pass players through waivers. Greinke was by far the Brewers' most tradable commodity, but not their only one. Closer Francisco Rodriguez is a free agent at season's end, and other Brewers relievers reportedly have been discussed. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart have popped up in trade rumors and reports. But Melvin has been clear that he's unmotivated to move middle-of-the-order hitters Ramirez or Hart, and the relievers' value tanked during the Brewers' devastating series earlier this week in Philadelphia. Melvin also suggested that teams seem content to wait until August to seek bullpen arms. "I don't think teams want to overpay for bullpen arms at this time when they feel they can get them in August," Melvin said. The Brewers' war room was buzzing this week as Melvin and his staff fielded calls from teams. Most of the talk centered around Greinke, who ultimately went to the Angels for shortstop Jean Segura and right-handers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena. "Our focus was this," he said of the Greinke deal. "We got distracted on a couple of little deals and I had to pound the gavel and say, 'Let's get back and focus on this one.' This was important -- we didn't lose focus or get distracted. We spent a lot of time in the room."