With the non-waiver trade deadline looming at the end of the month, the rumor mill is beginning to kick into high gear. And with the Milwaukee Brewers sporting one of the worst records in baseball, it's not surprising to see them listed high on the lists of potential sellers. One specific rumor surfaced Wednesday with Fox Sports reporting the Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks are in the midst of "ongoing discussions" about starter Yovani Gallardo and relievers Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford and Jim Henderson. Gallardo is coming off a pair of poor performances, the most recent being a season-low three-inning, nine-hit, eight-run outing Monday in Washington that dropped his record to 6-8. Still, established starters can bring big returns in trades, especially a starter like Gallardo who's young (27) and under a team-friendly contract for next season with an option for 2015. So for the next few weeks, Gallardo — the best homegrown pitcher to come from the Brewers' organization in at least the last decade — will try to go about his business while the rumors continue to swirl. "We all hear things; I'm not going to lie," he said before Thursday's game. "We all hear rumors or talks and things like that. But basically I just leave it at that. I hear them and then don't think about it too much. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen." Last year Gallardo experienced the situation firsthand when the Brewers traded Zack Greinke just before the deadline to the Los Angeles Angels for a package that included shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Johnny Hellweg, both of whom are already with the Brewers. What's different for Gallardo is now he's the one being mentioned in the rumors and has a contract that could tie him to the Brewers or anybody else through 2015. Greinke, on the other hand, was an impending free agent who had shown every indication he wanted to explore the market after the season. "I obviously haven't been in this situation before," said Gallardo. "It seems like there's names being brought up every year, so it's not like it changes. It's something that happens in this business. Whether I'm here or somewhere else, I still have to go out and pitch and perform for whichever team." Gallardo's contract features a no-trade clause that includes 10 teams, but he said he couldn't name more than a few. According to reports, Arizona is not on that list. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he's aware of the fact general manager Doug Melvin has begun receiving calls from interested teams but isn't expecting wholesale changes soon. "I don't think where we are that we'll just be looking to get rid of guys," he said. "Doug's looking to improve the team always. "This time of year he certainly gets more calls. But unless it makes sense and really improves us for the future, I don't see where he's just going to say, 'We need to move guys.'" Roenicke said at some point soon he'll have a discussion with Gallardo, much as he did last year with Greinke before he was traded.
Brewers trade rumors center around pitchers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jul 5