Saturday, March 05, 2005
No truth to it: The first trade rumor of the spring involving the Brewers has surfaced. And it has been shot down.
General manager Doug Melvin said there was absolutely no truth to a radio report out of Chicago that indicated that the Brewers were discussing a deal that would send third baseman Wes Helms to the White Sox for infielder-outfielder Willie Harris.
"I haven't talked to (White Sox general manager) Kenny Williams since we did the Carlos Lee trade (in December)," Melvin said.
"Willie Harris is probably a player who people think is available, and we've looked at him, but I haven't talked to Kenny. That (rumor) probably came from scouts sitting around, talking."
Harris might be a fit for the Brewers, who wouldn't mind having another infielder-outfielder type on their roster. And Helms is expendable because of his $2.7 million salary, poor performance in 2004 and the fact the Brewers also have Russell Branyan and Jeff Cirillo in camp.