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Brewers' Melvin says not much pitching help available with trade deadline

Brewers' general manager Doug Melvin says there's still not much pitching help available with the Major League trading deadline just eight days away.

Melvin's top scouting assistant watched Toronto's Roy Halladay pitch last Sunday, and he saw Cliff Lee of Cleveland throw a seven-hitter against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Melvin refuses to be specific about his interest in joining the bidding for Halladay which would mean giving up a strong package of prospects.

And Melvin says the Indians have given no indication that Lee, last year's American League Cy Young winner, would go on the market.

Lee is in the final year of his contract, but he has an $8 million club option for next year.

The Brewers will need a fifth starter next Tuesday, three days before the trade deadline.

And for now, at least, Melvin says somebody that's now in the Brewer organization will get that start.