One of Those Secondary Pieces Keeps Being Mentioned

Elvis Andrus + 1 coming for Zack Greinke + 2 going.

That’s what I was told was an idea being floated around when I was informed that the Brewers had requested a copy of Elvis Andrus’ contract.

I stayed quiet on the other names involved in part because no deal was close and secondary pieces in deals can change all the time depending on needs.

I’m not going to get into all of it because of the same reasons, but if you heard me a few minutes ago on The Big 1070 in Madison, WI then you heard two of the names that I was told as I broadcast them over the air. (Hey, they asked nicely.)

Therefore I share with you now that the other name I was told going to Texas in this nebulous idea was Corey Hart. The minor-league pitcher coming back to Milwaukee is LHP Martin Perez, currently pitching in the offensive-minded league where Texas’ affiliate Round Rock plays.

For the record, it was explained to me as “a touted minor league pitcher like a Perez”. That’s another reason that I didn’t mention his name previously because his inclusion seemed liked educated guesswork at the time.

Corey Hart, however, is a name that I’ve heard attached to the idea more than once. For your information, Hart is under contract through 2013 which would fill Texas’ desire of getting something more out of a deal than simply a top-flight rental.

So there you have it.

Texas fans, does this additional information make you like the idea more?

Brewers fans, how does this impact your opinion?

And finally, allow me to reiterate that I never once stated that Texas offered Andrus to Milwaukee in a trade for Zack Greinke like so many people have said I did. All I ever said that I knew for certain was that the Brewers wanted to review Andrus’ contract. That could mean that Milwaukee planned on asking for Andrus in a trade suggestion just as easily as it could mean that Texas floated the idea about giving up Andrus in a trade.

So please do yourself this favor: If you were employing your “Jump to Conclusions Mat” about the previous blog entry put it away and simply read the words for what they say.

If I wanted to tell you something more or different from what the words say, I’d use different words.

8 Comments

I hate the idea. We need to keep Corey

I like the speculation from this author, but I can’t find anything about your identity. Who are you? :)

The blog isn’t about me. It’s about the Brewers.

Hot stove gossip should be appreciated. Thanks. Proposed deal is probably fair but not sure trading hart is a great move. I’d rather put hart back in rf next year if gamel shows up, if they want to contend

we have a ton of out feild help in the minors so trading hart to me kinda makes sence why not if we get the short stop we want and a good young pitcher

This implied assertion that Andrus was ever under consideration is so absurd that it reeks of ~ahem~ “someone” seeing MIL wanted a SS in a Greinke deal, saw Texas as a suitor, and made up a tale.

Andrus is a multi-year all-star SS already. Only 23. Spectacular defense, top of the order hitter (batting ~.300 and fast, with growing pop in his bat). Locked up for next 3 yrs 14M, team control until 2015. Key member of a major contender.

Adding Hart to a Greinke rental? Still does end up as remotely credible. Hart makes $19M over 2 years and he’s already 30. Dime-a-dozen guy. The Rangers already have that 1B guy – except he’s 26 and he makes 500,000 rather than 9 million.

And the Rangers were going to add their top pitching prospect – one who is still young and has been a BA top 10 prospect (in all of baseball) before he’s even 20?
Someone’s been smoking something.

It’s time to tell it like it is. Segura (young backup SS with “potential”) and two AA pitchers is what you get for a rental. The assertion that MIL ever even had a fleeting thought they could get Andrus (plus Perez!) for a rental and a journeyman – barring the inclusion of names like Gallardo, Braun, or both – was clearly BS. By “someone.”

And you’re certifiable if you think that Andrus is worth Braun straight up let alone including Gallardo as well.

Go troll someone else’s blog.

The Brewers and Rangers tossed around the idea of a bigger deal but couldn’t find common ground on it. It happens. I never reported a deal would get done. Instead I ONLY (and went out of my way to make as much clear) said that Milwaukee asked to review Andrus’ contract.

If you took the next step in your own mind, that’s your own fault.

You like to be a stickler for what exactly YOU said …so you should do the same for what others say.

I never said you reported a deal happening. I addressed the implication that MIL thought the idea valid – clearly the implication when they were said to be spending time researching it.

Nor did I say Braun-for-Andrus straight up was an equivalent deal. I just said an Andrus-Perez package isn’t a deal you spend time exploring, if all you have on the table is a rental and some spare parts.

MIL isn’t going to waste time on researching or proposing things that are absurd. Andrus PLUS Perez for a Greinke rental and a nothing-special 1B is the very definition of absurdity. In fact, Andrus (a crucial piece on defense, offense, and in payroll management) going anywhere is absurd with the Rangers in a World Series chase.

My point is that the Brewers are astute enough to know that, even if whoever made up this tale did not.

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