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08/13/09 4:21 PM ET
Melvin downplays Davis talk
Brewers GM doesn't expect to work trade for D-backs lefty
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Doug Davis back to the Brewers? Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin doesn't see it happening. Following Major League rules, Melvin wouldn't confirm a report that the Brewers had put a waiver claim on Davis, the Arizona left-hander who pitched for the Brewers from 2003-2006. But Melvin did say that he spoke Wednesday with D-backs GM Josh Byrnes, and didn't expect the sides to be able to work out a trade. "I'm not engaged in conversations with Arizona," Melvin said. If it's true that the Brewers put in a claim, the teams would have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. If that window expires and Arizona isn't willing to let Davis go, he would automatically be pulled back and would remain a D-back. Davis is owed about $3 million over the final six weeks of the season and will be a free agent at year's end. He is expected to be a Type B free agent, so if Arizona hangs onto him and he signs elsewhere over the winter, the D-backs would receive a second-round Draft pick as compensation. Melvin was asked whether Byrnes was asking for too much in return for Davis. "I'm not saying that," Melvin said. "He's asking for what I would probably ask for if we had the same thing. I'm not going to accuse them of asking too much. Teams want to keep their own guys, and Davis has an attachment there because he lives [in the Phoenix area]. It's not that we haven't tried." Especially with injured starters Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan nearing returns from the disabled list, Melvin is wary of giving up a top prospect for a second-half rental. "Other than Cliff Lee, who else had made a difference?" Melvin asked. "We tried, but people know the value of pitching. They have the right to ask for your top guy. But is it right to give up a top guy for a [pitcher] who's going to make seven, eight, nine starts?"
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.