The Brewers were more than willing to trade two top prospects for left-hander CC Sabathia in July 2008, and not simply because they were getting one of the best pitchers in the game.
No, the Brewers also knew that they could possibly replace the youngsters first baseman Matt LaPorta and outfielder Michael Brantley with the two high draft picks they would collect if Sabathia left as a free agent.
That strategy is now kaput.
The Brewers could be in the opposite position this summer, perhaps willing to move ace Zack Greinke. But the rules of engagement are different under the new labor agreement, altering the dynamics of the trade market.
The overall effect? Several general managers predict diminished trade activity.
Im not convinced.
For now, just know this: The Brewers and Diamondbacks two teams that might have considered themselves likely sellers in previous years are not yet willing to concede, and they may not concede at all.
The Diamondbacks are beginning a stretch of ...