While manager Craig Counsell and the Brewers search for their missing offense, general manager David Stearns is searching for outside help.

It is a complicated proposition, starting with the fact players must be exposed to waivers before they can be traded in August. Stearns is also walking the same fine line as Counsell: When to exercise patience, and when to act.

"For every decision, we want to make sure we're not making change for change's sake," Stearns said. "When things aren't going exactly as you would like, there's often this push or desire to feel like you control things. Taking action puts you in a position of control, but it's not always the best thing to do.

"We're working on it."

Major League Baseball rules limit what Stearns can say publicly about that effort. He was barred from commenting, for example, on whether the Brewers claimed Ian Kinsler, a longtime target who would represent an upgrade at second base.

According to a report earlier this week from MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers placed Kinsler on revocable waivers which were to expire Thursday afternoon.