Brewer fan here, who would like to go to the experts about a trade possibility.
I know it may be too early to talk about it, but if the Brewers continue to remain in the playoff hunt and the Indians are out of the wild card contention in July, would a trade of Mark DeRosa make sense? The Brewers most likely will be caught by the Cubs when there players get healthy, and the Brewers start cooling down and in need of that final push.
The Brewers did just suffer a major loss when Rickie Weeks went down, and are trying internal options for now, but if I were to estimate, the drop off will be significant, and a trade would be a possibility for Melvin. Options such as Ray Durham and Mark Grudz aren't that attract as they are aging players past their prime without the versatility of DeRosa.
Last years trade seemed to work out for both teams, getting the Brewers to the playoffs, and Laporta already called up in what should be a solid career. I am curious what package of players would it take? The Brewers top 2 prospects, Gamel and Escobar are untouchable. WIth your catching and farm system, I don't think our catching prospects Lucroy or Salome would be attractive to the Indians. Jeremy Jeffress our top pitching prospect is probably untouchable at this point to even though he just got demoted. Jake Odorizzi, Omar Agular, and Zach Braddock are all ranked between 2-5 for pitching prospects in the Brewers system and 9-16 overall. Perhaps a combination of some of these pitchers could get it done.
I beleive with DeRosa's year last year, he would be a fringe type A free agent and hopefully net the Brewers some picks in the event of a trade. Do you think the Tribe would be open to the idea of a trade near the deadline? Just trying to get some thoughts as we would love to stick it to the Cubs and take the division with Derosa.
Here is a link discussing the idea in a Chicago paper.