MILWAUKEE -- A new workweek brought little discernible action between the Brewers and Yankees, who remained at a stalemate in talks about swapping center fielders.
A baseball source on Monday said that the sides had not spoken since leaving Las Vegas, which was somewhat surprising since the teams were so close to a deal at the Bellagio. Assuming it's just a one-for-one swap, New York would upgrade with run-producer and Gold Glove winner Mike Cameron, and Milwaukee would get a left-handed bat it badly needs and some payroll flexibility to pursue pitching.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was not available to provide an update on Monday. He typically does not comment about ongoing trade talks, but had been quite forthcoming since talks with the Yankees were rekindled on Wednesday, perhaps because he felt that there was a "strong possibility" a deal would be struck.
By Friday, while the Yankees worked out their deal with free-agent starter A.J. Burnett, Melvin said of the trade, "I guess it might not happen."
Reports have since emerged to help explain the lull. The most popular perception is that other players could be included, most notably Yankees left-hander Kei Igawa (according to multiple outlets, including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) and perhaps Brewers infielder Bill Hall (according to the New York Daily News). The inclusion of either player would tip the financials of the deal, because Igawa is owed $12 million over the next three seasons and Hall $15.7 million over the next two (including a $500,000 buyout for 2011).
If the deal ends up being Cabrera -- who is just entering his arbitration years -- and Igawa for Cameron -- due $10 million next season -- the Yankees would likely pay the majority of Igawa's contract, according to an SI.com report.
It is unclear what the Brewers would do about third base if they were to trade Hall. They re-signed Mike Lamb last week, but Lamb struggled last season after the Twins gave him the everyday job at third. Lamb could platoon with waiver claim Casey McGehee, but McGehee has only 24 career big league at-bats, all last season with the Cubs. Or the Brewers could go with top offensive prospect Mat Gamel, who has only 23 at-bats above Double-A and would leave the Brewers with three average or below-average defenders on the infield (Gamel, second baseman Rickie Weeks and first baseman Prince Fielder).
There also remains the real possibility that Cameron will remain a Brewer. The team exercised his $10 million option for 2009 after he contributed 25 home runs and 70 RBIs in just five months last season, and he's arguably the best defensive center fielder in club history.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.