Quick Hits: Gamel, Paniagua, Padres, Harper

Brewers GM Doug Melvin confirmed that Mat Gamel has a torn right ACL and is likely to miss the rest of the season, reports Tom Haudricourt of The Journal Sentinel. "For now, we'll fill from within," said the GM. "[Travis Ishikawa] will be out there. Making trades aren't as easy as people think."

Here's the latest from around the league…

  • Dominican right-hander Juan Carlos Paniagua recently worked out for teams in Puerto Rico, reports Conor Glassey on Baseball America. The Yankees signed the 22-year-old for $1.1MM last year, though the deal was later voided. Paniagua will be free to sign with teams on July 19th, though he will be subject to the international spending restrictions implemented by the new collective bargaining agreement.
  • ESPN's Jim Bowden put together a list of early trade candidates, including names like Brandon League, Erik Bedard, and Jeff Francoeur.
  • "There are a lot of good things about [the San Diego] market," said Scott Boras to Tom Krasovic of Inside of the Padres. "Has to be an owner with lot of money and patience," he added. The Padres are expected to be sold in the near future, possibly by the All-Star break.
  • Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports wrote about Bryce Harper and explained why the Nationals should not send him down. Meanwhile, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tries to temper expectations for the young phenom.
  • Matt Eddy of Baseball America has a full recap of last week's minor league transactions, including DL assignments and players signed as undrafted free agents.

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