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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-07-29

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2008-07-29
General manager Doug Melvin said he is doing more listening than talking in trade discussions of late. Teams are calling him to make relief pitchers available, including Seattle's Arthur Rhodes, but Melvin said the cost remains too high.

"We're open to discussion, but I don't anticipate anything at this point," said Melvin, who already has traded for left-hander CC Sabathia and infielder Ray Durham. "You never know. There's nothing of any magnitude (being considered).

"Relievers are valuable. To pick up a pitcher, we'd have to release a pitcher. I'm not saying we won't do a deal, but you have to be a little guarded."

Melvin said it's difficult to justify trading a prospect or two for a setup man who might pitch only 12 to 15 times over the last two months. A closer would be different, but Melvin said he is happy with the work of Salomon Torres, who has converted 19 of 21 save opportunities since replacing Eric Gagne.

The non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. (Milwaukee time). Melvin said relievers still will be available afterward, when players must clear waivers to be dealt.

"Teams may fall out of it later on (and make relievers available)," said Melvin.

CUBS 6, BREWERS 4: In an exciting, back-and-forth game that lived up to the hype, the Brewers made too many mistakes to pull even with the Cubs for first place in the NL Central. Instead, they fell two games back Monday with their third loss in four games. Second baseman Rickie Weeks' throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play ball in the seventh cost the Brewers two runs and their 3-2 lead. And closer Salomon Torres set the stage for his downfall in the ninth by issuing two one-out walks after entering the game with the score tied 4-4. Wasted in the process were home runs by shortstop J.J. Hardy, left fielder Ryan Braun and pinch-hitter Russell Branyan.

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