I tweeted this morning that I woke up to an interesting text message on my phone but that I wanted to chase details before sharing.
For those of you who demonstrated patience, thank you. Here is what I know right now.
The Milwaukee Brewers have requested a copy of the contract of a certain player so that they can review it.
I’ll share the name in a minute, but what that means is that they want to review all of the particulars of the player’s contract so that they’re aware of any bonuses, escalators, incentives, clauses, etc, which are above and beyond standard MLB contract language.
What this IMPLIES is that the Brewers are considering acquiring said player and want to know what they’d be getting into if they did so. In no way should this become a “the Brewers are absolutely trading for this player” declaration.
At least not yet.
The player in question is Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. Yes, that’s not Jurickson Profar but it’s still exciting. Andrus is a proven talent and still only 23 years old.
This has come about because the word is that the Rangers view Profar as MLB-ready and therefore could move to Andrus in a package to acquire a package of players centered around Brewers’ starting pitcher Zack Greinke.
Rumored to be involved going to Texas along with Greinke if this deal actually comes off? A relief pitcher and a position player. Yes I’ve been told the names, but too often the supporting pieces in a deal change so I’ll keep quiet on that for now. Rumored to be coming back to Milwaukee with Andrus is (at least) a touted minor league starting pitcher.
I’ll stay on this to see if it gets further down the road or if fizzles.
Try to remember that even deals announced as “done” by professional media (most recently Dempster to Braves) can still fall apart for a number of reasons.
And I’m not saying at all that there is a deal that’s fully on the table.
All I know for sure is that Milwaukee had cause to find out additional information about Elvis Andrus.
Keep that in mind.