MLB.com is reporting that the Brewers are taking a gander at Brandon Backe.
Brewers Assistant GM Gord Ash:
"You have to at least take a look."
This makes sense, I think, for the Brewers. Backe has proven that he performs better in high-pressure situations, and it makes sense for a team in contention to sign him to a deal, keep him healthy and hope for the best in a pennant chase. He's not due much money - the Astros have to pay him his $1.55 million no matter what - so any team who signs him is on the hook for a pro-rated league minimum. He's a low-risk, high-reward signing for a contender looking for an SP5 (who will blow the roof off a game in October).