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Are The Milwaukee Brewers Done Filling Their Needs?

Melvin Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is looking to improve his club before the non-waiver trade deadline, but is pleased with the work they have already done.

Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel reported in his article "Melvin makes calls as trade deadline nears" that the Brewers are in need of some infield help and outfield help as well as a left-handed relief pitcher.

Left-handed Relievers

Injuries to Manny Parra, Mitch Stetter and the personal issues of Zach Braddock have left the Brewers' short of lefty relife. However, with the recent addition of Francisco Rodriguez from the New York Mets and a weak market, it appears the Brewers have filled their bull-pen needs.

"We did a lot (filling needs) of ours beforehand. The 'K-Rod' deal helped us with our No. 1 need," said Melvin.


Haudricourt also reported the broken collarbone suffered by backup centerfielder Carlos Gomez has prompted Melvin to look into the outfield market. Although, Melvin does not appear all that concerned with the outfield.

" You always want to protect yourself against injuries by adding depth if you can. But I've got a lot of confidence in what Kotsay can do," said Melvin.

Infield (left side)

Melvin has looked into improving the infield and reportedly is looking at the Los Angeles Dodgers' Jamey Carroll and Houston Astros Clint Barmes, but is not sure the thin market offers any improvement.

"You look and see what's out there that makes you better," Melvin said. "Just because guys are available doesn't mean they'll make you better. There's not a lot out there."

Melvin has also considered AAA-Nashville players, Mat Gamel and Taylor Green, but would prefer to call them up in September.

"Our goal is to help Casey (McGehee) get going. He has looked better lately. Then, in September, we can add to the roster."

Both Yuniesky Betancourt and McGehee have improved recently. Betancourt is hitting .394 with two home runs and six RBI in the last 11 games. McGehee is hitting .281 in his last nine games.

According to Haudricourt, when asked if the Brewers anticipate doing something before the deadline, he said, "We might. There's a chance we'll tweak something. We always feel we can do something to help the club."


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