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Prince Fielder Not Yet Available

Despite rumors to the contrary, the Brewers are not yet making first baseman Prince Fielder available via trade.

Fielder is eligible for free agency after the 2011 season and Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin says the club has set a deadline for the end of spring training to work out an extension.

"We're not shopping Prince," Melvin says. "I'd like to keep him. He's a homegrown player who wants to play every inning of every game. But we'd like to get something done by the end of the off-season. I don't want to negotiate during the year."

Via USA Today

Brewers Will Trade Hitters For Pitchers

The Brewers are open to dealing some of their offensive stars in order to upgrade their starting rotation.

Milwaukee may not be able to use Ryan Braun in a trade because of his contract, but players like Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee and Prince Fielder are serious options.

Weeks and Fielder are free agents after next season.

Via Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Brewers, Counsell Nearing Contract

The Brewers and infielder Craig Counsell are nearing an agreement on a contract for the 2011 season.

"Brewers GM Doug Melvin just told me he is 'making progress' toward deal for INF Craig Counsell to return to the club. Guy is still valuable," Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote on his Twitter page.

Via Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (via Twitter)

Hoffman Will Retire If He Can't Find Good Situation

All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman is looking for a good situation as a free-agent, but he's also content to retire if he doesn't find the right fit.

Hoffman turned 43 on Oct. 13.

"I'm going to wait to see what happens, see what's out there," said Hoffman. "It's not a situation where I'm going to pursue it very hard. If it's something that makes sense, if it's an opportunity for me to close, I'll look at it. If it's something that doesn't make any sense, I'll probably retire."

Hoffman says he's monitoring Arizona's closer situation, where old friend Kevin Towers is now the general manager. Towers was San Diego's GM for nearly Hoffman's entire 16-year run with the Padres.

"I've known K.T. for such a long time and I figured having a little history there would help," Hoffman said. "But I don't know. I'm coming off a tough year. I don't know if people are going to be turned off by that or not. I hope the strong second half I had will compensate."

Via MLB.com

Washburn Considering MLB Comeback

Jarrod Washburn didn't pitch in 2010, but he never formally retired either.

Washburn told FOXSports.com on Monday that he is considering a comeback.

"I honestly am very happy with my decision to not play (in 2010) and hadn't thought of playing again until recently," he said.

"This past week I have already been contacted by a couple teams, just to gauge my interest in coming back, so that has made me think about it a little."

Via FOX Sports

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