Friday, July 31, 2009

T-Minus: Two Hours

With two hours remaining, things seem a little too quite for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Earlier today, the Tigers acquired Jarrod Washburn, a name that has been ties to Milwaukee for several days now. In return for Washburn, the Mariners were able to score two good young starting pitchers in Luke French and Mauricio Robles.

French, 23, pitched in seven games for the Tigers this season, starting five of them. French, standing 6'4", is a lanky lefty with good stuff according to Baseball America. He put together quite a season at AAA Toledo this season before his promotion to the major leagues.

Robles, 20, was signed out of Venezuela and was pitching in high A ball for the Tigers. In his brief career, he has posted a high strikeout rate while not walking many.

It seems like the Brewers dodged a bullet on this one. You would have to assume, after looking at what the Tigers had to give up, that trade talks would have started with Manny Parra and would not have ended there. Washburn is having a fluke season, in which the Brewers would have had to give up too much to get him.

There still is time to better this team. We'll see what happens going forward.

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