MLB Trade Speculation: Tyler Clippard & 5 Pitchers the Milwaukee Brewers Might Target

Alec DoppCorrespondent IMay 25, 2011

MLB Trade Speculation: Tyler Clippard & 5 Pitchers the Milwaukee Brewers Might Target

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08:  Tyler Clippard #36 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch against the New York Mets during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City. The Nationals won 6-2.
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    Arms O'Plenty: Five Relief Pitchers the Milwaukee Brewers Might Pursue Prior to the 2011 MLB Trade Deadline

    Traditionally, the Milwaukee Brewers have never possessed an overpowering pitching staff. But with the additions of Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, the Brewers may be one arm short of greatness.

    Having hit their stride as of late, now more than ever seems like the time when GM Doug Melvin could add some more serious talent to his lacking bullpen.

    So with the July 31st deadline approaching faster with each passing day, here are the 10 players topping Milwaukee's wish list.

    Alec Dopp is a Milwaukee Brewers featured columnist on Bleacher Report. Read his blog, Brewers Rumors, and follow him on Twitter: @doppler9000.

Tyler Clippard

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    WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: Pitcher Tyler Clippard #36 of the Washington Nationals delivers to a Philadelphia Phillies batter during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on April 12, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Ca
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    Bullpen issues are the only thing holding back this hot Milwaukee team at this point in the season, and with the addition of Clippard, the Brewers would immediately become a viable postseason threat.

    With hardly  three seasons of work under his belt, Clippard can already call himself one of the game's best relievers, carrying a career 3.26 ERA and 35 HLD. More importantly, though, Clippard is coming off a career-best season in which he registered 23 HLD and a 3.07 ERA.

    Additionally, Clippard is only signed through this season and could very well be re-signed by the Brewers at season's end at a bargain price.

Jonny Venters

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Pitcher Jonny Venters #39 of the Atlanta Braves against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on September 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Although trading for Venters seems next to impossible, I wouldn't put it past GM Doug Melvin to make a splash right around the July 31st trade deadline.

    Other than Kameron Loe, the Brewers are lacking in bullpen arms—more importantly, left-handed relievers.

    Venters, unlike any other potential trade target available, fits the criteria perfectly.

Sean Marshall

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 16:  Relief pitcher Sean Marshall #45 of the Chicago Cubs delivers against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 16, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    The Brewers aren't going anywhere if their bullpen woes persist, but the addition of Marshall could virtually turn Milwaukee's playoff hopes around on a dime.

    This season, Marshall boasts a 1.42 ERA and 1.21 WHIP along with nine HLD—staking his claim as one of the best relievers in baseball.

    Granted, Marshall is due to receive $1.6 million in 2011, but the Brewers cannot afford to be too picky when it comes to scoping out trustworthy arms.

Tony Sipp

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    SEATTLE - APRIL 10:  Relief pitcher Tony Sipp #46 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on April 10, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. The Indians defeated the Mariners 6-4. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Sipp, 27, is one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. To his credit, he also leads all American League relievers in ERA (1.33).

    Add that to the fact that his one-year, $436,000 contract with the Indians is due to expire at the end of 2011, and Sipp may be the ideal addition for Milwaukee prior to the July 31st trade deadline.

Matt Lindstrom

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 06:  Relief pitcher Matt Lindstrom #27 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 6, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    The 31-year-old fireballer is under contract through 2013 and is set to make $2.8 million in 2011. A bit pricey, but remember: Milwaukee forked over $12.5 million to a lousy Jeff Suppan just two seasons ago, so money shouldn't be too much of an issue at the trade deadline.

    With that in mind, can the Brewers afford not to sign Lindstrom?

    The Rockies will be reluctant to talk trade, but the Brewers shouldn't think twice when it comes to bolstering their bullpen for the long haul.