With the non-waiver trade deadline coming at 3 p.m. Central Thursday, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin stayed behind in St. Petersburg, Fla., to be able to man the phones for any potential deals.
“We’re already in our room at the hotel,” Melvin told WTMJ-620 Thursday morning. “I’m just following up on some talks we’ve had in the past few days.”
Melvin was noncommittal about the chances he would swing a deal in the final few hours before the deadline.
“I expect some things to happen,” Melvin said. “With us, I don’t know yet. You just go back and forth with phone calls. There’s always possibilities. Just a lot of conversations going on.”
Milwaukee, locked in a razor-thin race in the National League Central, carries a two-game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a 2½-game edge over the St. Louis Cardinals into Thursday’s off day. The Brewers open a three-game series at St. Louis on Friday.
There was buzz that the Brewers were looking at Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price and Boston Red Sox lefty Jon Lester, but the Rays are now said to be less likely to move Price after winning 11 of 13 games.
The Brewers hung a 5-0 loss on Price Wednesday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, with Price admitting that he thought the trade deadline was Wednesday.
Melvin’s tone about the makeup of the current club would, at first glance, make a trade less likely.
“We like our major league club and we also like a lot of our minor-league players,” Melvin said. “You go through this process and you find out there are a number of our minor-league players that teams have expressed interest in. They’re all at different levels.”
There has been some speculation that Milwaukee might go after a left-handed bat or a veteran setup reliever, but so far … nothing.
“If we stay healthy, we still feel we can win this division,” Melvin said. “Our pitching has been really good since the All-Star break. But it’s going to be a dogfight over the last 50 games of the season.”