Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Despite Fielder's slow start, the Brewers have no intention of trading Prince Fielder, who is hitting .276 with 6 HR and 25 RBI. The Brewers are low on pitching, but Fielder is still years from free agency, so it does not make sense to give up on him so early. Fielder is still a big part of this Brewers lineup, who will hurt you if you make a mistake. He is adjusting early right now and is having trouble. Ryan Howard went through a similar transition, and although he has not returned to form, he has not fallen off the charts.
The Brewers, however, won't be as patient with pitcher Ben Sheets. Sheets has battled injuries but is starting to prove that he is healthy. He is 5-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 10 games this season, and if he continues to pitch well, they will likely trade him while his stock his high. Maybe the Orioles and Brewers could line up on a trade with Sheets and a package that included George Sherrill. Seems risky for the Orioles, who are 5.5 games out of first. The Phillies seem like a good fit as well.