If The Brewers Become Sellers

The Brewers are five games under .500, 7.5 games back in the NL Central.  We're not writing them off, but it's time for the "if they become sellers" treatment.

The big question is whether the Brewers would entertain offers for Prince Fielder if they're out of contention in July.  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports had a good look at the situation yesterday – perhaps they'd find more suitors in the offseason, and Adrian Gonzalez's potential availability would be a complication.  If Fielder does hit the market, I expect a trade return that can help the Brewers significantly in 2011.  That might mean two starters they can plug directly into the rotation.  A Fielder trade would probably save the Brewers decent money, which could go toward free agents.

Corey Hart would be an interesting trade candidate.  He's playing at a similar level to last year, and the Brewers might not want to give him a raise on this year's $4.8MM salary.

A slew of middling Brewers veterans would probably be made available: Jeff Suppan, Trevor Hoffman, David Riske, Doug Davis, Gregg Zaun, Dave Bush, Craig Counsell, Jody Gerut, Claudio Vargas, and Jim Edmonds.  The Brewers' goal would be to save as much money as possible.

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