Here’s one for the folks who like to look for any small signs of a trade — super prospect Alcides Escobar was removed in the 6th inning of tonight’s Nashville Sounds game. And there is no longer a team listed next to his name when you search for him on MiLB.com.
Perhaps it isn’t as bad as it looks for those of us who absolutely do not want to see Escobar traded in the next week. After all, if you click on his name in that same MiLB.com search, the Nashville Sounds logo is still on his player profile. And there’s the possibility that if a trade was made, it includes J.J. Hardy — not Escobar — and Esco is just on his way to join the Major League squad.
What we do know is that trade talks between the Brewers and the Seattle Mariners have heated up in the past 24 hours. Jarrod Washburn — a native Wisconsinite — is scheduled to make his next start on Tuesday for the Mariners. The Brewers have not committed to a Tuesday starter despite calling up Tim Dillard prior to the series finale against Atlanta. Tom Haudricourt has confirmed that the Brewers are interested in Washburn. Adam McCalvy spoke to Ken Macha earlier today, and it seems like the Brewers’ manager is convinced something is going to happen soon.
If there is a move, we’ll likely hear about it in the next 24 hours, due to Washburn’s schedule. Let’s just hope the Brewers aren’t going to give up Alcides Escobar in a trade for a mediocre lefty with a lifetime 4.00+ ERA. I wouldn’t even be happy to see Hardy go in that trade, unless Washburn was just part of a package coming back to Milwaukee. We’ll see what ends up happening, but you can’t say things aren’t getting interesting in the final week before the deadline.