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Brewers settle for 4th outfielder at deadline

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm •  Published: August 1, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers' trade deadline haul pales in comparison to what the St. Louis Cardinals got but manager Ron Roenicke pointed out a couple times it was not for lack of effort.

Milwaukee netted a fourth outfielder, Gerardo Parra, while the defending National League champions added two starting pitchers who will face the Brewers this weekend. Roenicke plans to get Parra, who did not start Friday night, into the lineup this weekend.

Roenicke said general manager Doug Melvin tried for other deals but the asking price was too high.

New Cardinals starters Justin Masterson and John Lackey will pitch for St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday. The Brewers altered their rotation, too, moving up Kyle Lohse (11-5, 3.07) and Matt Garza (7-7, 3.74) a day each for the last two games of the series.

Jimmy Nelson (1-2, 4.30) had been listed as the starter Saturday and was scratched due to a blister.

"With St. Louis, it was a great pickup for those two guys," Roenicke said. "Saying that, I know Doug was on the phone making calls and I know what people were asking for in return, and for me it didn't make sense.

"It's nice when you can have a player finish up the year with you and help you win, but then what do you do next year if you give away some guys you're counting on?"

Roenicke said he told Khris Davis he was still the left fielder, and Davis started Friday night. The manager had slotted Parra for a favorable matchup Sunday against Lance Lynn before the Cardinals subbed in Lackey for the series finale.

"People they were asking for, it was just too much," Roenicke said.

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