Frank Wren has claimed that he will trade for some bullpen help between now and the July 31st deadline. There are many names that have been thrown around: Mike Dunn, Erik Bedard, J.P. Howell, and the list goes on. However, there is bullpen help on the way. Between now and July 31st, Joe Beimel, a veteran southpaw reliever, should be ready to join the Braves, as he was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett. Luis Ayala and Cristhian Martinez should come off the DL by July 31st, albeit not right now. In addition to that, there is a decision to be made about what will happen when Brandon Beachy comes back. Would Beachy go to the pen? Would Medlen go to the pen?
I try now to refrain from imagining about any large change to the roster, but I have given thought to something. We all know that Chris Johnson has been hitting well above average, above .330. He is certain to regress, most likely down to around .260. His defense certainly wasn't anything to applaud as well. Should we have the extra "material" to trade for him, and if the Brewers maintain their terrible position in the NL Central and decide to become sellers, I suggest we take a look into trading for Aramis Ramirez. Milwaukee is in dire need of pitching, and would probably ask for a prospect or two at third base in hopes of insuring that position in the future. Although Aramis is 34 years old, he is still very powerful--he's hit 25, 26, and 27 home runs each of the past 3 years, respectively. He's slugged over .500 each of the past 3 years, and has OBPs of .361 and .360 the past 2 years. He has a slash line of .306/.387/.500 this year. On his contract, he is owed $10M this year, $16M next year, and has a $4M buyout on a mutual option for 2015. His strikeout rate is below the league average, although so is his walk rate. His defense is nothing to applaud either, but the power of his bat and his ability to get on base despite his age more than makes up for it.
Moving on to off-topic discussions, the main focal point is probably television right now. There are many good shows on--Game of Thrones, Arrested Development [on Netflix], Dexter, and the list goes on.