Milwaukee Brewers Trade Rumors: Interest in Yovani Gallardo, Relievers Heating Up

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COMMENTARY | Just when you think you've seen it all, the Milwaukee Brewers find another unique and tragic way to lose a baseball game. They have done so much losing in the past two months (the Brewers went 18-37 in May and June combined) that they are only three games ahead of the worst team in baseball -- the Miami Marlins.

When a team loses at such a rapid pace, it becomes a subject of trade rumors -- and not the good kind. Several teams will be contenders at the trade deadline and some have already inquired with general manager Doug Melvin about certain players.

First, what we know -- Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy are off limits, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and ESPN's Jayson Stark.

Corey Hart isn't going anywhere due to multiple knee surgeries that will keep him out for the season, Aramis Ramirez's limited power due to his troubled knee as well as his contract don't make him attractive, and the contracts of Rickie Weeks and Kyle Lohse will also make them difficult to move for any worthy prospects.

That still leaves several players who could be traded, and one of the names floating around has been Yovani Gallardo.

In fact, trade rumors involving Gallardo have really heated up in the past few weeks.

Rosenthal reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks have shown interest in Gallardo because of injuries and poor performance in their starting rotation. So have the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers, who along with Arizona could benefit from Gallardo's presence because of his Mexican heritage.

Throw the Colorado Rockies in the mix, too according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Gallardo's has pitched much better as of late, lowering his ERA to 4.20, and is owed $11.25 million next season with a club option for 2015. Considering Gallardo's age, potential, and how he's under club control for the next 2 1/2 years, the Brewers would want a big package in return.

Melvin said he doesn't feel like trading Lohse or Gallardo is something he needs to do, but a big offer would make him less reluctant to pull the trigger on a deal.

As far as relief pitching goes, Melvin has admitted to receiving calls about Milwaukee's top 5 bullpen (via Tom Haudricourt of JSOnline). Those at the forefront of rumors have been Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford, Jim Henderson and Michael Gonzalez, all of whom have closing experience.

Henderson is on a rookie deal, so that would give the Brewers less incentive to move him. Plus, he has faltered since returning from the disabled list. Rodriguez's bounce-back season, Axford's turnaround, and Gonzalez's strikeout numbers and left-handed delivery make them attractive to buyers.

But just because they are relievers doesn't mean Melvin isn't looking for some value in return.

The rumors should continue to swirl in Milwaukee as we are officially just a month from the non-waiver trade deadline.

Dave Radcliffe is a resident of a little known Milwaukee suburb who is an avid follower of Wisconsin sports. He has contributed to JSOnline, as a featured columnist on other sites and publications, and been a guest on multiple sports talk radio shows.

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