Ramirez finally agreed to consider a trade and the likelihood of him accepting one is probably higher if he can stay close to home. Milwaukee is just up the road. The Brewers would have to give up several of the best prospects in their already depleted system, but could probably avoid dealing Prince Fielder‘s replacement (Mat Gamel) or anybody on the major-league roster. Milwaukee is the epitome of a “win-now or else” team. If Doug Melvin doesn’t make the postseason he likely won’t be around to regret selling the farm. The Cubs desperately need to start the rebuilding process. All three of these prospects are probably future major-leaguers in some capacity, so it’s a pretty good haul for a rental player with recent D.L. stints on his resume.
Baltimore sends Derrek Lee (1B) to Pittsburgh for PTBNL