Brewers won’t trade Brinson to A’s, now targeting Straily

MILWAUKEE — With the MLB trade deadline approaching on Monday afternoon, the rumor mill continues to turn for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Milwaukee has been involved in several trade talks to acquire a starting pitcher, but talks have reportedly stalled with the Oakland A’s because the Brewers are unwilling to include outfielder Lewis Brinson as part of the deal to land Sonny Gray.

The Brewers are in the midst of a crucial series with the Cubs that could set the tone moving forward in the National League Central. In 17 games at the Major League level, Brinson has struggled to a .128 batting average, but has been lighting it up in Triple A Colorado Springs, batting .345.

It would appear as though Milwaukee has moved on to a new trade target, with reports linking the Brewers to the Marlins, though several other teams are also interested in right hander Dan Straily.

Straily will make just $552,000 for this season, meaning Miami will want a large haul of prospects in return for the lengthy team control. Perhaps a preemptive move to build demand in the market, Miami was reportedly not considering and trade offers for Straily.

The 28-year-old hurler gave up a league-high 31 home runs last year and has already given up 19 this season in his 21 starts. The positive for whichever team ends up controlling Straily through 2020 is that his K/9 rate last year (7.6) has improved to 8.2 in 2017.

Three homers not enough to get Brewers past Reds

CINCINNATI — The Milwaukee Brewers recorded three home runs at Great American Ballpark on Tuesday night but still fell to the Cincinnati Reds 6-4.

Dan Straily had a career night on the mound, throwing eight innings of two-run ball.  He struck out eight Milwaukee batters in the process to give Cincinnati a season-high fifth straight win.

The Brewers were paced offensively by Keon Broxton, Jonathan Villar, and Chris Carter, who all went deep in the loss. Villar also got his first career start at second base, but manager Craig Counsell wouldn’t say if that was a preview of what we could see from the Brewers in 2017.

“I just thought this was an opportunity to see [Villar] at second base,” Counsell said. “He’s going to play mostly third base for the rest of the season, but there’s going to be some spots where we see him at second base. I just want to see what it looks like.”

Matt Garza gave the Brewers five innings, only allowing one earned run (Joey Votta’s solo shot in the first inning) while striking out three.