Melvin had been after Gerut for a while

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin tried to acquire Padres outfielder Jody Gerut last season for Milwaukee’s stretch drive. He finally succeeded on Thursday, when four days of trade talks resulted in San Diego sending Gerut and what’s left of his $1.775 million salary for Tony Gwynn Jr.

“I’ve always liked his bat,” Melvin said of Gerut. “He’s not swinging it well right now, but he’s knocked in 14 runs. They’re different kinds of players. Tony and Gerut. This guy [Gerut] will drive the ball, hit some homers and doubles.”

Melvin spoke via telephone with Gwynn on Thursday afternoon. The Padres intend to promote Gwynn to the Major League roster.

“I’m sure it will be special for him [to play in San Diego],” Melvin said. “I do hope people don’t put too much pressure on him, think that he’s going to get 3,000 hits like his father. That’s the thing he’s up against a little bit, but I said he should enjoy it and I think he will enjoy it.”

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