It's looking increasingly likely that Milwaukee Brewers ace Zack Greinke is going to be traded prior to the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline. Milwaukee dropped their sixth consecutive contest on Wednesday afternoon, and the Brewers now find themselves 13 games out of first place in the National League Central -- a division they won last year.
Consequently, the Brewers are ready to sell. Per Danny Knobler of CBS Sports:
In fact, according to sources, they could start trading players away as soon as today (Wednesday), after a disastrous road trip that began with three straight losses in Cincinnati and ended with three even-worse losses in Philadelphia.
The first trade or trades will likely be smaller ones, but the Brewers are also talking to teams about Zack Greinke, perhaps the best starting pitcher available this month. As CBSSports.com has reported for the last several days, the Rangers, Angels, Braves and White Sox have been the teams showing the most interest in Greinke.
Greinke will obviously yield the highest return, but for the Brewers, there's little to no urgency to move him in the immediate (read: next two or three days) future. Undoubtedly, the Brewers will want to field as many offers as they can before they move the best pitcher available at the deadline.