The Milwaukee Brewers came into the 2012 season with high hopes of returning to postseason contention. Despite the farewell bid by former first baseman Prince Fielder, management believed that they could still contend with the pieces left over.
Unfortunately, things haven't turned out as previously thought. With the All-Star break nearly upon us, Milwaukee sits at a disconcerting 39-44, seven games out of first place in the National League Central division. Injuries and severe under-performance have cast a shadow of doubt over the immediate future of the organization, leaving many to wonder whether or not the club should add a piece or two for a second-half run or sell their assets to reboot for subsequent seasons.
A definitive answer to that question is still a ways off at this juncture. According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick (h/t MLB Trade Rumors), General manager Doug Melvin said he will wait until after a nine-game stint against NL Central teams post-All-Star break to decide the team's course of action at the deadline.
Still, rumors surrounding the club won't cease to exist, especially given the amount of talent the club could potentially deal away. Here, we'll keep you updated as those rumors continue to surface to go with a bit of reaction and analysis to go along with each.