Brewers want either Sanchez or Bumgarner for Hart

July 12, 2010; Anaheim, CA, USA; National League outfielder Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2010 All Star home run derby at Angel Stadium.  Photo via Newscom

The cat is out of the bag in terms of what Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin wants in return for All-Star Corey Hart.

According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Melvin asked Giants’ GM Brian Sabean for either Jonathan Sanchez or Madison Bumgarner in exchange for Hart, although Sabean is reluctant to trade either pitcher.

Melvin can crap in one hand and wish for Bumgarner (who was the Giants’ second best prospect behind Buster Posey entering the season) in the other and see which one fills up quicker. Melvin isn’t getting Bumgarner unless he plans on renting one of those creepy old vans with no back windows and stealing him in the middle of the night. I also find it disturbing that he asked for Sanchez, who is a promising but erratic 27-year-old lefty, or Bumgarner, who is a 20-year-old potential phenom in the making. I can only imagine how Melvin phrased his demands to Sabean.

“I’ll take Sanchez for Hart…………or, if you’d rather do this, I guess I’ll take Bumgarner off your hands, but you’re really holding me over the coals here, man.”

Acquiring Sanchez is more realistic, but why would the Brewers want a less talented Manny Parra? And why would the Giants want to acquire the next Aaron Rowand (there’s zero doubt that Hart’s numbers will drop going from Miller Park to AT&T Park) all while inserting the ultra-brutal Todd Wellemeyer back into the rotation? That doesn’t make sense seeing as how Barry Zito and Matt Cain were struggling before the All-Star Break.

On the surface, a Hart for Sanchez swap makes sense. The Brewers have hitting but need pitching, while the Giants have pitching but need hitting. But it seems like both teams would be taking a step sideways if a deal like this went down, so it probably makes sense for them to seek other trade partners.

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Giants can’t be quick to trade Jonathan Sanchez now

If you were to have gotten Giants general manager Brian Sabean all liquored up in a private setting (I know you’re probably weirded out by the start of this sentence, but stay with me here) and asked him which players he wouldn’t mind giving up in a trade to acquire a bat, he almost certainly would have uttered this name: Jonathan Sanchez.

Hell, there’s a great chance he would have uttered that name first. But that was before Sanchez’s no-hitter against the Padres on Friday night, when he struck out 11 batters and was a Juan Uribe-error away from throwing a perfect game.

The Giants had been waiting for that kind of performance all season out of Sanchez. Granted, they weren’t expecting that good of a performance, but they did have high expectations for him coming into the 2009 season.

He did show flashes of brilliance earlier this season, most notably in a two-hit, 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks on April 17. But ’09 has mostly been a season of massive frustration for not only Sanchez, but also a Giants organization that had hoped the 26-year-old lefty would be the third leg of a tripod that also featured pitching sensations Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.

Sanchez has always been a strikeout pitcher, but for much of this season he struggled mightily with his control and he seemed to be racking up K’s only because he was wildly effective. And when he would start to struggle during games, he appeared to be a mental midget on the mound and could never recover.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Lee, Dye, Atkins & Sanchez

– After trading Mark DeRosa to the Cardinals over the weekend, many speculate that the Indians could be setting up for a fire sale soon and would look to deal ace Cliff Lee. But according to MLB.con’s Anthony Castrovince, the Tribe aren’t keen on dealing Lee, who the club has an $8 million option with a $1 million buyout option on in 2010. Cleveland might be inclined to part with Lee if the right deal comes along, but they’re not going to just give the ace of their staff away because they’re out of contention this season.

– Garrett Atkins started at third base for the Rockies on Monday and while manager Jim Tracy said it’s because of his hot bat, ESPN’s Buster Onley believes the club is trying to drum up more trade interest for the 29-year old by getting him on the field. Colorado is in need of some bullpen help and already have Ian Stewart to man the hot corner if they’re successful in trading Atkins.

– The Giants seem to be heating up their pursuit for White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, who would have to waive his no-trade clause if Chicago were to work out any deal involving him. San Fran, who leads the NL Wild Card race by a game and a half over the Rockies, are desperate for a middle-of-the-order bat and would love to put a package together to acquire a hitter with some pop.

– Speaking of the Giants, the club would seemingly love to trade former starter Jonathan Sanchez now that they have found a replacement for him in the rotation in 26-year old Ryan Sadowski, who pitched masterfully in his big league debut against the Brewers on Sunday. The problem is that Sanchez’s trade value has never been lower as he’s struggled with his command all season and has been demoted to the bullpen. Still, he was once viewed as a potential No. 3 behind Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in the Giants’ rotation, so some team may still be intrigued by his potential.

– The Mets are apparently reluctant to part with reliever Bobby Parnell according to the New York Daily News.

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