MILWAUKEE -- Before the White Sox finalized their four-year contract with free-agent slugger Adam Dunn on Thursday, they made one last call to the Brewers to "exchange thoughts" about Prince Fielder, according to FoxSports.com.
Those talks never progressed, and the White Sox finalized their four-year, $56 million deal with Dunn. On the surface it would seem to hurt the Brewers' chances of moving Fielder this winter for starting pitching, since the White Sox were one of few teams looking for a left-handed power bat while also having arms to spare.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin downplayed that notion on Thursday afternoon.
"Does it hurt us? No, not if there wasn't a deal to be done," Melvin said. "We weren't close with them on anything. Teams aren't really looking to trade pitchers at this point."
Melvin will continue to try at next week's Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and he was optimistic about making some moves. According to Melvin, the Brewers will head into the annual meetings with ongoing talks in both free agency and trades.
"We think we have some active talks going on, yeah, in both areas," Melvin said.
He's already extended offers to two outgoing free agents -- infielder Craig Counsell and pitcher Chris Capuano -- but has not heard back. The representatives for both players may want to see if there's interest from other teams next week.
"We'll continue to look, too," Melvin said. "There is a large group of players out there."
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