MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If the Milwaukee Brewers are interested in trying to pry left-hander David Price away from the Tampa Bay Rays, their executives are in the right place.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, assistant general manager Gord Ash, senior director of baseball operations Tom Flanagan and pro scouting director Zack Minasian are all with the team. That is apparently not completely uncommon, Melvin said, but the timing is compelling for a team holding a slim lead over St. Louis in the National League Central and the non-waiver trade deadline on Thursday.

National reports emerged this week the Brewers, who often have been aggressive in acquiring pitchers at the deadline, were interested in the 2012 Cy Young Award winner, who is 11-7 with a 3.08 ERA and leads the American League with 183 strikeouts. Price will start against the Brewers on Wednesday in the conclusion of a three-game series with the Rays.

Tampa Bay's recent blitz back into playoff contention in winning 11 of 12 games would seem to make a trade of Price unlikely. But the traditionally frugal Rays front office would likely face a $20 million tab for Price when he becomes arbitration-eligible after the season. He is a free agent after the 2015 campaign. Also, Melvin has developed a reputation for high-impact starting pitching surprises on deadline day, acquiring left-hander CC Sabathia in 2008 and trading right-hander Zack Greinke to the Angels in 2012 .

"You've got to check in. You don't know," Melvin told the Journal-Sentinel. "The response may be, 'We like some players from your club,' and I get the information on whether they're serious or not."


MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 59-49

STREAK: Lost three

NEXT: Brewers (RHP Yovani Gallardo, 5-5, 3.57 ERA) vs. Rays (LHP David Price, 11-7, 3.08 ERA)


--RHP Matt Garza got no decision on Tuesday in a 5-1 Brewers loss to Tampa Bay, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in seven innings. It was his 15th quality start in 22 outings this season, and he allowed one earned run or fewer for the third time in five starts in July. He left with the score tied 1-1.

--RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.57) is scheduled to make his 22nd start of the season on Wednesday as the Brewers conclude a three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He left with a 2-0 lead in his last start, but for the fourth time this season, he failed to record a win because of a blown save.

--LHP Will Smith (1-3) allowed four runs on two hits and a season-high three walks on Tuesday in a 5-1 Brewers loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field. He has allowed 14 runs in his last 11 appearances (8 2/3 innings) in July after surrendering just eight in 44 appearances (39 2/3 innings) in June.

--OF Carlos Gomez made his first career start as a designated hitter and did not fare well, striking out in all four at-bats, which tied a career high.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We lost to a team that's really, really hot right now, and like I said, you make a mistake, they're going to make you pay for it." - Brewers pitcher Matt Garza, who allowed one run in seven innings but got no decision in the 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay


MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - ROSTER REPORT