Brewers had sights on lefty Gonzalez

The Brewers were in talks with the Orioles about lefty-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez before he was traded to Texas on Wednesday, the deadline for teams to acquire players and have them eligible for postseason rosters.

It became clear Wednesday evening that the Rangers could make a better offer, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. The Orioles got Major League-ready reliever Pedro Strop, a hard-throwing right-hander who had appeared in 11 games with Texas this season.

“We had the irons in the fire,” Melvin said.

Gonzalez would have given the Brewers something they do not currently have: A left-handed reliever. He posted a 4.29 ERA in 47 games with Baltimore, but had only been scored upon twice in his last 25 appearances.


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That comeback win ciappng off a comeback month was so amazing to watch. Especially how it was so perfectly timed for Longoria to be the hero just 3 minutes after the Red Sox were stunned by the O’s. Awesome. Enjoy the playoffs! I hope the Rays do well (though hate that, again, they play TX in the first round ), so you can have an even better story to tell your son about his first baseball season ~AZ

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