Milwaukee Brewers fire sale time may have arrived. Many Brewers trade rumors suddenly include Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, and Jonathan Lucroy, as the team continues a downward spiral. It rumors began when Brewers manager Ron Roenicke got fired on Sunday (May 3). As reported by ESPN.com, general manager Doug Melvin felt it was time to do something. He was very open to the media about what took place as well.
“This came together fairly quick. You can look at the two or three games and say we played better, but we looked at it how we performed over the entire month [of April] and how we performed over the course of the last 100 games.”
The slow start for the Brewers was not something that the front office wanted to live with. Craig Counsell took over as the replacement manager, and then the Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night (May 4). Despite improving to 8-18 on the season, there are numerous rumors about how the team might undertake a fire sale to get younger in the short-term. With several veterans that could make a big difference for other clubs, it could lead to several trades taking place.
One player that is being called “untouchable” is catcher Jonathan Lucroy. He is currently on the disabled list with a toe injury, but as CBS Sports relayed on Tuesday, the Brewers are telling other teams that he won’t be dealt. It’s interesting that a team playing this badly would actually state a player is untouchable, but he certainly is one of the better catchers in Major League Baseball.
One player that could be very interesting on another club is Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez. Though he can be a lightning rod for controversy, Gomez is one of the best outfielders in MLB. During the 2013 season, he posted a.284 batting average, 27 doubles, 10 triples, 24 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 40 stolen bases. He followed that up in 2014 with a.284 average, 34 doubles, 23 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 34 stolen bases. A two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winning outfielder, Gomez might bring back a hefty package of prospects. For a team looking to make a huge deal, Gomez would be a premiere, though expensive, acquisition.
Another player that could interest other MLB teams is Ryan Braun. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, Braun got suspended for PED use, taking away some of the allure he held in baseball. He could still provide some good power for a new team, but his statistics have slid since the 2012 MLB season. His contract is also very expensive, with $100 million still owed after the 2015 season. If the right deal came up, though, another team might show a lot of interest.
Other players that the Brewers could trade in a fire sale would be pitchers Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jonathan Broxton. With the hitters, in addition to big names like Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, Adam Lind, Gerardo Parra, and even Kris Davis could be available in the right trade. Though no trade rumors have been confirmed by the team itself, other than to announce many veterans could be available, the Milwaukee Brewers may be in the cusp of a massive fire sale in order to rebuild the franchise. Just don’t ask about Jonathan Lucroy.
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