Last call

Last call

• Among the runners-up in the Greinke sweepstakes were the Rangers, who presented a package of players that was "very tough to walk away from," Melvin said. A club official suggested that the deal-breaker was not Texas' unwillingness to include infielder Mike Olt, who was deemed off-limits in a Greinke swap, but left-hander Martin Perez.

The Braves may have fallen out on Greinke because the Brewers were unwilling to cover any of the $4.5-$5 million owed Greinke over the final two months of the regular season. Melvin had one discussion with Nationals GM Mike Rizzo, partly because he was in town for a four-game series and partly because Washington plans to shut down right-hander Stephen Strasburg at some point to protect his surgically-repaired arm. And White Sox general manager Kenny Williams made a strong play for Greinke.

"Kenny worked really hard at it," Melvin said. "I probably received as many texts from him [as anyone else]. It just wasn't a match."

Williams tried to involve a third team.

"That gets complicated on that big a deal," Melvin said.

• Contrary to a report Saturday, the Brewers have never discussed returning left-hander Manny Parra to the starting rotation, Melvin said.

• Minor League expert Jonathan Mayo ranked Segura as the Brewers' new top prospect, supplanting Triple-A right-hander Wily Peralta. Mayo rated Hellweg the Brewers' sixth-best prospect and Pena No. 12.

Melvin wouldn't say yet whether Segura could compete for Milwaukee's starting shortstop vacancy next spring. He spoke instead of allowing Segura to get acclimated to a new organization. Segura could be among the team's September call-ups.