Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Brewers attempted to trade with the Rays to acquire ace David Price, but talks broke down because they were unwilling to part with pitcher Jimmy Nelson. Price, of course, wound up being traded to the Tigers in a three-team trade that also involved the Mariners.
Since joining the Tigers, Price has posted a 4.41 ERA with a 35/7 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings across five starts. In his last start, Price failed to record an out in the third inning after the Yankees strung together nine consecutive hits.
Nelson, 25, made a spot start for the Brewers in late May, then joined the rotation in mid-July, just ahead of the All-Star break. In nine starts, Nelson has a 4.10 ERA with a 45/15 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. The right-hander was rated a top-100 overall prospect entering the season by both MLB.com and Baseball America, according to Baseball Reference.
The Brewers entered Sunday’s action clinging to a one-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central.