MILWAUKEE -- With an eye on a stretch of intra-divisional games immediately after the All-Star break, the Brewers' top baseball officials met Sunday to mull some difficult decisions ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.The latest "state of the franchise" discussion took place Sunday morning with principal owner Mark Attanasio, general manager Doug Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash and manager Ron Roenicke. According to Roenicke, they discussed ways to potentially improve the team in addition to the alternative, which he described as, "looking at what's going to happen if things don't go well." Call it hoping for the best, but planning for everything else. The Brewers entered Monday with a 36-42 record, in fourth place in the National League Central and seven games behind the first-place Reds. The Brewers were also six games out in the very early stages of the NL Wild Card race. "We're still hopeful that this thing is going to happen," Roenicke said. "We're seven games out, and in the division we're in, we still feel that if we put together a good run that we'll have a chance to get back in this. You guys know -- I don't like to look at our schedule and what's coming up. But when you have a conversation with Doug, he's got it figured out where we need to make a run. And he's right." That time comes immediately after the All-Star break, when the Brewers play consecutive series against each of the three teams they trail in the National League Central -- the Pirates, Cardinals and Reds. The first two series are at Miller Park. "Somewhere in that time period, we need to do something," Roenicke said.
Roenicke: Brewers want to keep Greinke
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers officials met briefly with right-hander Zack Greinke on Sunday to address the trade rumors that have already begun to swirl around the free agent to be. A day later, manager Ron Roenicke made one thing clear: The Crew wants to keep Greinke in Brewers blue."We are hopeful that we will bring him back," Roenicke said, "whether it's right now, whether it's after the season. There's a lot of possibilities with him coming back. "He likes it here, he does. Now, there's going to be a lot of interest in him, obviously. He's a good pitcher. And I think he would like to know, kind of, what's out there for him. You can't blame a guy for that. The nice thing for us is we know that he does like it here." Roenicke is convinced that Greinke won't be bothered by trade rumors. "He's really focused on what he has to do, and unlike a lot of players, he is really in tune with what a club is thinking," Roenicke said. "He understands things. You guys know he was interested in the Draft and what goes on there. He's also interested in what goes on before the Trade Deadline, and why players are traded.
"He understands both ends of it. He understands why clubs need to make moves to make sure they're OK the year after and the year after that. Because of that, whatever happens, I think he'll be fine."
Greinke was fine after the Brewers' 6-5 win over the Marlins on Monday. He was in a 5-2 deficit in the third inning, but Brewers hitters staged a comeback to preserve Greinke's perfect 15-0 record at Miller Park.He was asked what he thought about his meeting with Melvin & Co. "If we keep playing like we've been playing his homestand, we still have time," Greinke said. "And hopefully that will take care of it and we'll continue to play like we can play. I feel like we've been doing good a little over a month and just haven't been putting wins together. Three in a row now, hopefully that continues. I think that's what everyone hopes at the moment." The trade rumors, he said, are "just business. The Brewers need to do what's best for the Brewers, and that's just how things go. Hopefully nothing happens and we start playing better. That would be the best-case scenario for everyone."
Braun eager to see Fielder in Derby
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers All-Star Ryan Braun said he is particularly excited to see Prince Fielder swing for the American League squad in the Home Run Derby. Fielder, the AL's starting first baseman, was named part of captain Robinson Cano's Derby team.Braun called Fielder the new Ken Griffey Jr., a former Derby favorite. "He's had a lot of success in Home Run Derbies," said Braun of Fielder. "He obviously hits a lot of home runs every season, but he's kind of a veteran of the Home Run Derby now. I think he's becoming like the Griffey of our generation, a guy that seems like he's in it every year and has a chance to win it every year. It seems like he has a solid strategy." Braun is not part of the National League team for the Derby, which includes captain Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins, Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals.