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Brewers GM Trading Prospects "Highly Unlikely"

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Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin has no interest in trading his top prospects this time around, according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Melvin who made a big splash near last years trading deadline when he traded prized prospect Matt LaPorta for CC Sabathia said fan's shouldn't expect the same this year.

"Highly unlikely," said Melvin. "It almost impossible, you never say never but it's not my focus at all. Those young players are very valuable."

The most notable prospects Melvin was referring to are third baseman Mat Gamel and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Gamel has been with the Brewers since May 14 and is batting .244 with two homers and 12 RBIs in 32 games.

Escobar, 22, is batting .295 with 18 doubles, four triples, three homers, 24 RBIs and 26 stolen bases for Triple-A Nashville. Escobar is considered to be one of the Brewers top prospects.

The Brewers, who are in desperate need for starting pitching help, since losing Dave Bush to injury and demoting Manny Parra to the minors, still may be involved in the market.

"You make your phone calls but there's not a lot happening right now, "Melvin said. "There are just not many pitchers available. There are a few guys."

The Brewers are currently 37-33 and are two games behind the first place Cardinals, and one game behind the Giants for the NL wild card.

Expect the Brewers to try and be cautiously active. I think they would love to build off the excitement of last year's playoff run with another appearance this year. However, I think Melvin will stick to his guns and hold on to his high value prospects. Look for them to nibble around at some of the second tier pitchers available to see if they can get anyone cheap.