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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Brewers Trade Overbay to Toronto



From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

The Brewers believe Prince Fielder is ready to hit in the Major Leagues, and late Wednesday night they showed it.

"He'd better be ready now," general manager Doug Melvin said.

The Brewers contributed to a flurry of late-night activity on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, trading Lyle Overbay and a player to be named to the Toronto Blue Jays for a trio of young players while opening first base for Fielder, a former No. 1 draft pick and Milwaukee's top prospect.

The Brewers got right-handed pitcher Dave Bush, who will bolster the starting rotation, outfielder Gabe Gross, and a player to be named, believed to be left-handed pitching prospect Zach Jackson. Bush and Gross become members of Milwaukee's 40-man roster, which is full.

In addition to Overbay, the Brewers will send a low Minor Leaguer to Toronto. That player, as well as Jackson, cannot be formally announced until the completion of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft.

Boston was also in the running for Overbay and the Brewers considered right-hander Bronson Arroyo, but instead chose Toronto's offer because of the financial flexibility that could allow Milwaukee to pursue a free agent or add payroll in another trade, possibly for a reliever or another left-handed bat. Melvin and Jays GM J.P. Riccardi met briefly Wednesday morning, but did not consummate the deal until after dinner, when Toronto included Gross in the deal.

"We said all along that if we were going to trade Lyle, we were hoping to get young pitching back that could help us now or in the immediate future," Melvin said.

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