Trouble Brewin' For Crew

As if it weren't bad enough that the Brewers have been sagging of late, controversial comments made by first baseman Prince Fielder and reliever Francisco Rodriguez have created the possibility of an off-the-field distraction.

General manager Doug Melvin does not believe those comments will affect his team over the remaining 12 games, however.

"I don't think it's going to affect the ballclub," Melvin said Thursday in his weekly radio show on WTMJ-620(AM). "When you're winning like we have been, when you're playing like we have been, there's always a lot of interviews.

"There's always somewhere along the lines, someone might say something that they look back on and whether they mean it. I was in the clubhouse (Wednesday) night, and it didn't seem to be an issue amongst the team, amongst us, with (manager) Ron (Roenicke) and the coaching staff.

"It sounds like some cliches, but also it shouldn't affect our ballclub. They're both free agents. It's a natural tendency for free agents, if they get asked, players today some time want to say what their feelings are at a certain point."

Rodriguez was quoted by CBS reporter Scott Miller on Tuesday as saying he wasn't happy about getting no save opportunities since coming from the New York Mets to the Brewers at the All-Star break.

K-Rod said he was promised chances and didn't back off that complaint with local reporters on Wednesday.

"I'm not happy," Rodriguez said. "That's the bottom line for me. They told me one thing; they haven't done it. And I stand by what I said."

Later that day, an report surfaced that Fielder told Brewers play-by-play man Brian Anderson, in an interview for TBS, he probably wouldn't be back in Milwaukee in 2012.

Fielder is a free agent and while it has become increasingly evident that the Brewers won't be able to keep him, it was the most he has said on the subject in some time.

"I'm signed for this year, but being real about it, it is probably the last year," Fielder said in that TBS interview.

Referring to the slugging tandem he has formed with left fielder Ryan Braun, Fielder said: "It's been great. Unfortunately, this is probably the last year of the one-two punch. Hopefully we can go out with a blast."

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