Before Monday morning, word on the street proclaimed that Zack Greinke, Aramis Ramirez, Shaun Marcum and Francisco Rodriguez were more or less the most likely Brewers to be dealt at or prior to Major League Baseball’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Each had been mentioned in at least a few rumors and potential package deals for needy contenders 0ver the last few weeks.
Of course, things do change, and it seems as though they are changing rapidly for Brewers GM Doug Melvin.
According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, relievers Manny Parra and Kameron Loe are now beginning to draw interest within the trade market.
Over 41 appearances (43.0 IP) this season, Parra has garnered a 3.98 ERA (2.41 FIP, 3.14 xFIP) and 1.37 WHIP, posted a career-best strikeout rate of 26.2 percent to go with a walk rate of just 9.1 percent, and has held batters to a .250 batting average. His changeup has been his best offering this season, according to FanGraphs, having accumulated a linear weight (“pitch value”) of 1.38 thus far. Texas Leaguers further confirms that sentiment by stating that his changeup boasts a swing-and-miss rate 31.4 percent this season compared to the league average of 12 percent.
Loe has been a bit more off kilter this season. In 41 appearances this season, he’s managed a 3.86 ERA (4.07 FIP, 3.67 xFIP) and 1.31 WHIP, striking out just 17 percent of batters faced though allowing a notably high home-run-to-fly-ball rate of 15.2 percent.
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