Attanasio says Brewers can still contend

Attanasio says Brewers can still contend

Attanasio says Brewers can still contend
LOS ANGELES -- The Brewers were seven games under .500 and 6 1/2 games out of first place entering the 50th game of the season on Wednesday, and they lost another starter this week to the disabled list. Still, principal owner Mark Attanasio is not backing down.

"We still think we can win," Attanasio said. "We have great pitching. We have Ryan [Braun], Corey [Hart], Aramis [Ramirez], and I'm going to add Rickie [Weeks], who can by themselves carry a team. Any of those guys by themselves can carry a team, and has carried a team.

"You never want to see anybody get hurt, but we're going to see now some of our younger players who we wouldn't otherwise get an opportunity to see."

Is he entering June with a buyer's mindset?

"We always have a buyer's mindset," Attanasio said. "In seven years, we've always had a buyer's mindset."

Many national pundits have their eyes on the Brewers to see what type of team they will be as the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches. Starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum are free agents after the season, as is reliever Francisco Rodriguez. Another starter, Randy Wolf, will be a free agent if the club declines his $10 million option.

But the Brewers have not sold off free-agents-to-be for years, rather adding talent ahead of the Deadline, as they did with Rodriguez and Jerry Hairtson Jr. last season, or standing pat as they did in 2010.

Attanasio said he has kept an even keel during the Brewers' disappointing start, with one exception. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy's hand injury, which will cost him about six weeks, hit the owner particularly hard.

"The only time I got down all year was when I heard about Jonathan," Attanasio said. "I was excited for him. I thought he was going to go to the All-Star Game."