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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have acquired Jonathan Schoop from the Orioles.

The negotiations apparently came down to the last minute -- perhaps even the last few seconds -- of the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Baltimore will get pitching prospect Luis Ortiz, shortstop prospect Jean Caroma, and infielder Jonathan Villar in return. Schoop is having a down year, but he's capable of much better down the stretch and he'll be under the Brewers' control through 2019 via salary arbitration. It's not clear yet what position he will play in Milwaukee, as Travis Shaw recently moved to second base to accommodate the arrival of third baseman Mike Moustakas. Schoop does have a little bit of experience at shortstop.
Jul 31 - 4:10 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are talking to the Orioles about second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

It was assumed that the Brewers were out of the mix after acquiring Mike Moustakas -- and putting Travis Shaw at second base -- but apparently that's not the case. It's worth noting that Schoop has some experience at shortstop, but that was a few years ago. Still, clearly the Brewers are willing to think outside the box, even if it negatively impacts their defense.
Jul 31 - 3:42 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that a trade involving Chris Archer is now seen as "very, very likely."

In fact, Topkin hears that there's about a "90 percent" chance of something going down. Just where he could end up is unclear, but the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates have all been mentioned prominently of late. It's worth noting that the Pirates are considered out on Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman, so that could be a sign of progress with Archer, but that's just speculation for now. We should all find out within an hour.
Jul 31 - 3:01 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Cubs and Brewers are among the main teams in the mix for Reds right-hander Matt Harvey.

As opposed to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Heyman hears that the Braves are not likely to land him. If you throw out one disastrous start, Harvey has a 3.63 ERA over his other 13 starts during his time with the Reds. He's shown increased velocity, though it hasn't resulted in an uptick in strikeouts or swings and misses. Obviously he still has the name recognition, but he's likely being viewed as a backend rotation option by contenders.
Jul 31 - 1:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers, Braves, and Pirates are "all strongly in [the] mix" for Chris Archer.

Rosenthal also adds that the Dodgers and other teams are "potentially lurking" with just a couple hours to go until the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Jon Morosi of MLB Network identified the Braves as "the team to watch" on Archer earlier in the day. The 29-year-old right-hander has somewhat underwhelming overall numbers this season, but he's delivered a 2.70 ERA over his last 43 1/3 innings and he's under control through 2021.
Jul 31 - 1:39 PM

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer believes that Matt Harvey will still be dealt before Tuesday's trade deadline.

Nightengale reports that the Brewers and Braves are among the teams that have shown interest in acquiring the right-hander before the deadline. Harvey has posted a 4.44 ERA and 56/17 K/BB ratio since being dealt to the Reds by the Mets for Devin Mesoraco, and outside of a disasterous outing against the Pirates, he's pitched well in his last eight starts. Keep in mind that Harvey could be dealt in August if the Reds don't get the value they're looking for, but if Nightengale is correct, there's a good chance he changes uniforms on Tuesday.
Jul 31 - 12:29 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are interested in Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.

The Brewers need help in the rotation if they're going to earn a trip to the postseason, and a southpaw like Gonzalez would certainly represent an upgrade. Whether or not Gonzalez is available is the question; as it sounds like Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo still believes his team can compete in the NL East. Gonzalez owns a 3.78 ERA and 1.45 whip over 114 1/3 innings, and while he's had his usual control problems, he's still been relatively effective in 2018.
Jul 31 - 10:55 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, and Brewers are among the teams who have shown the most interest in right-hander Zack Wheeler.

However, Heyman hears that nobody has been able to meet the Mets' asking price. Unless something changes, Wheeler will stay put past Tuesday's trade deadline. Wheeler, 28, has emerged as one of the best starting pitcher options on the market. He's hit his stride with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts since the start of June and still has another year of team control remaining.
Jul 30 - 10:18 AM

According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Brewers are still hunting for an upgrade to their starting rotation and have looked into Zack Wheeler, Kevin Gausman and Chris Archer.

All three hurlers are under team control beyond the 2018 season, so none would be a short-term rental. Heyman notes that if the Brewers do not want to give up any of their top prospects, they could also pursue Matt Harvey, another name that they have considered.
Jul 29 - 9:46 PM

Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that the Brewers have agreed to acquire Mike Moustakas from the Royals for minor leaguers Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez.

The Brewers were in the market for another big bat, and Moustakas certainly fits the bill. Travis Shaw had taken reps at second base recently, and that could be the move with Moustakas taking over as the everyday third baseman. The 29-year-old slugger is hitting .249/.309/.468 with 20 homers and 62 RBI on the season. His fantasy value takes a massive leap forward here, leaving one of the worst hitting ballparks in the league to go to one of the friendliest for left-handed power. His supporting cast is also dramatically improved.
Jul 28 - 12:49 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles are engaged in serious trade discussions with the Brewers.

Rosenthal adds that its unclear if the Brewers' target is Jonathan Schoop or Kevin Gausman, or perhaps both. It looks like the Orioles' fire sale will continue through the weekend.
Jul 27 - 7:21 PM

Mark Feinsand of reports that the Brewers are trading for Joakim Soria.

Milwaukee will send pitching prospects Kodi Medeiros and Wilber Perez to the White Sox in return. Soria holds an excellent 2.56 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 49/10 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings this season, and he's tallied 16 saves in 19 opportunities. The 34-year-old right-hander will work as a setup man in Milwaukee. Jace Fry could take over closer duties in Chicago.
Jul 26 - 1:22 PM

Jon Morosi of reports that the Brewers and Mets have discussed a Zack Wheeler trade.

Wheeler seems to be one of the hottest names on the trade market right now, as he has also been connected to other contending teams like the Yankees, Mariners, and Red Sox, and also non-contenders like the Rangers and Reds. Wheeler, who's under control through 2019, holds a 4.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 109/41 K/BB ratio in 114 1/3 innings (19 starts) this season.
Jul 26 - 12:41 PM

Mark Feinsand of reports that the Yankees are "heavily in the mix" for J.A. Happ.

Feinsand reported earlier on Wednesday that the Blue Jays were close to a trade of the southpaw, and it appears that trade could be sending Happ to the division-rival Yankees. Feinsand also mentions that the Brewers could also be in play, and that there are other clubs in the mix as well. It appears a trade for Happ is indeed close, but it also sounds like the Blue Jays are still evaluating various offers. Either way, we should see the 35-year-old in a new uniform relatively soon.
Jul 25 - 4:54 PM

Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that the Astros and Yankees are "in the lead" in trade talks for Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Trade talks appear to getting close to a conclusion, but Bowden adds that several other teams are still in play. With that in mind, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the Red Sox and Brewers are also involved. The Cubs have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days, but Rosenthal writes that as of Monday the club didn't appear as engaged on Britton as other clubs, though they have also talked to the Orioles about starters Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Britton was initially shaky after coming off the disabled list, but he's delivered eight straight scoreless appearances while showing increased velocity. It's good timing for the Orioles.
Jul 24 - 9:34 AM's Jon Morosi reports that the Brewers have considered the possibility of trading for Mike Moustakas and moving Travis Shaw to second base.

It was reported earlier this month that Shaw was taking reps at second base, but he's yet to see action there in a game. The idea seems far-fetched, but the Brewers are apparently at least kicking around the possibility. Milwaukee has also been connected to Brian Dozier and Asdrubal Cabrera. Moustakas has been tied to the Red Sox, Braves, Yankees, Phillies and Cardinals.
Jul 23 - 6:17 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are among the teams interested in Orioles closer Zach Britton.

The list is growing by the minute, with the Diamondbacks also reportedly involved. Rosenthal writes that the Brewers are "casting a wide net" for upgrades leading into the trade deadline, as they are also considering Rays right-hander Chris Archer. It's worth noting that the Brewers were heavily-involved in talks for Manny Machado prior to him being traded to the Dodgers, so they should already have a pretty good idea of Baltimore's preference in regard to their prospects. There's a lot of competition for Britton's services, as the Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, and Yankees have all been mentioned as possible fits.
Jul 23 - 11:21 AM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Brewers, Indians and Phillies are among the teams interested in Mets' second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera.

They join the Mariners and Diamondbacks as teams that have already expressed interest in his services. The 32-year-old is set to hit free agency at season's end and is almost certain to be flipped before the end of the month. He's hitting .280/.332/.487 with 17 homers and 53 RBI on the season.
Jul 22 - 4:40 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Orioles have the structure of a Manny Machado trade in place and are going through the "medicals/paperwork portion of the transaction."

Olney adds that the Dodgers "have been very invested" in pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and other teams, but that a deal is not finished yet. Either way, multiple reports indicate that Machado will begin the second half with a new team. It’s very possible that a deal is essentially done and the Orioles would prefer to have him play Tuesday’s All-Star Game representing the team before an official announcement is made. In other words, there should be clarity very soon.
Jul 17 - 11:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanCred reports that the Dodgers "appear to be the leading contender" in trade talks for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado.

This comes hours after Jon Morosi of wrote that the Phillies were currently the "most likely destination" for Machado after the club expressed a willingness to include pitching prospect Adonis Medina in a potential deal. With that in mind, Heyman writes that the situation is "fluid" and that the Phillies, Brewers, and Diamondbacks could still have an outside chance. Prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux are among the names linked in trade talks between the Dodgers and Orioles. If acquired by Los Angeles, Machado would take over at shortstop while Chris Taylor would move to second base. Machado is set to represent the Orioles in Tuesday's All-Star Game, but it sounds like he could be in a different uniform later this week.
Jul 17 - 8:49 AM

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