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Two more names to think about

Purely my personal thoughts on a pair of risk/reward pitchers:

- Would Justin Duchscherer make some sense for the Brewers? The former A’s All-Star was with now-Brewers manager Ken Macha in Oakland, and Macha said in September that he liked the righty. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick wrote a very nice story today about Duchscherer’s battle with clinical depression and it sounds like he is re-focused on his career. The Brewers have some history with Duchscherer’s agent, Damon Lapa, who represented longtime Milwaukee outfielder Geoff Jenkins.

Duchscherer didn’t pitch at all in 2009, but he has a 3.14 ERA in 219 Major League appearances, 27 of them starts. Duchscherer was primarily a reliever for Oakland until 2008, when he went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts and made his second American League All-Star team. He didn’t pitch after Aug. 18 that season because of an elbow injury that required surgery the following spring.

[UPDATE at 5 p.m. CT... A person who would know said the Brewers had yet to reach out to Lapa about Duchscherer. Perhaps club officials aren't interested. Perhaps they want to exhaust other options first.]

- From another ESPN.com piece that requires a subscription, Buster Olney writes that the Padres will either try to sign right-hander Kevin Correia to a “moderate-sized deal” or consider non-tendering him. Olney speculates that Correia could make $3.5-$4 million in arbitration. That could be doable for the Brewers, who tried to sign Correia to a Minor League deal last winter but lost him to the Padres because Correia didn’t see as much opportunity to pitch in Milwaukee. Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin tried again to get Correia before the July nonwaiver trade deadline, but he didn’t have a match with the Padres.

Correia had never pitched more than 110 innings before 2009, when he went 12-11 for the Padres with a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts and 198 innings. Correia reportedly earned $1.1 million from the Padres, including his bonuses.

By the way, the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Dec. 12.

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Brewers mentioned with Correia

The latest pitcher to be mentioned alongside the starter-hungry Brewers
is right-hander Kevin Correia of the Padres, who would be a step down
from the other players linked to Milwaukee (Roy Halladay, Jarrod
Washburn among them) but at least could help plug some holes.

Correia
is 7-8 with a 4.75 ERA and would come cheaply, according to the
FOXSports.com blog item that mentioned the Brewers as one of the
interested teams. No deal is imminent, the report said.

The
Brewers’ rotation is a bit of a mess, with Dave Bush (triceps) on the
disabled list and Jeff Suppan (oblique) in limbo for his Saturday start
ahead of a Thursday appointment with the doctor. The Brewers have
already tried Seth McClung and Mike Burns as in-house replacements
before sending them back to the bullpen (now McClung is on the DL with
an elbow injury). The team will give another reliever, Carlos
Villanueva, one more chance to start on Sunday in San Diego.

As
I reported earlier this week, Brewers GM Doug Melvin will be on the
team’s chartered flight to San Diego this afternoon, meaning he’ll be
out of contact with Trade Deadline buzz for a few hours but will be
back in the pocket for the final hours on Friday. The deadline to move
players without exposing them to waivers is July 31 at 3 p.m. CT. 

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