This is where people were fooling themselves. No, Linebrink couldn't have been used for that. Any team in contention is not going to give up an important piece of their current roster and no team not in contention is going to trade for a rental that can, and most likely will, walk at season's end. The Brewers (in contention) were willing to trade for him.....using prospects. Furthermore, considering how Linebrink has been pitching all year I'm shocked we even got as much for him as we did.