Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Lot of Stuff Happened Today for the Brewers

So far this off-season, the Brewers have made the following changes to the 25-man roster that they ended the season with:


Go Go Gomez
Bring Your Z Game Gregg Zaun
Randy Wolf
LaTroy Hawkins
Rickie Weeks (coming off of injury)


JJ Hardy
Jason Kendall
Mike Cameron
Braden Looper
Felipe Lopez
Mark DeFelice (broken)

Probably Gone as Non-Tender Candidates:

Seth McClung
Jody Gerut

Do we like this team better now than where it ended last season? I'd have to say yes. Jason Kendall slugged like .300 last year. And he "managed the pitching staff" to a 5.50 ERA, so that's addition by subtraction just getting him off the roster.

2B is a huge question mark, as it has been every year that Rickie Weeks has been penciled in as the starter.

At SS, JJ couldn't have been productive at the plate if he played his home games at Helfair Field last season. Plus with apologies to Tom Brady, he's the slowest person on the planet. Escobar I'm sure will struggle some at the dish, but he's fast as hell and makes silly plays at SS. I'm good with the move here.

In CF, Cameron was a guy that I liked a lot more than most Brewers fans. But he made $10 million last year. Gomez is a plus defender who hasn't figured out how to steal first base yet, so they're probably gaining some defense while losing a lot of power. Overall probably a bit of a downgrade unless Gomez figures things out at the plate - it's hard to compare the players since they're so different.

Adding Wolf, while they overpaid, gives the Brewers a bona fide major league pitcher in the rotation behind Gallardo. I can't say I love this deal, because I think 3 years is too long, but it probably had to be done considering the backup plan in free agency was Jon Garland. Pass. Plus this will close off any Doug Davis talk - I seriously can't sit through another season of Doug Davis nibbling his way through a series of 3 and a half hour starts. Wolf has also been good against NL Central teams recently.

Finally, Hawkins got two years from Milwaukee, which is a bit of a surprise to me. His numbers look fine, and I recall he was pretty nasty when the Brewers faced him last year, but like Murdock said to me today, I can't get too worked up about a middle reliever. Coffey/Hawkins/Hoffman is potentially a pretty good 7/8/9 in the bullpen.

All in all the team is better than it was at the end of the year, if only because Wolf replaces Looper and his 97 home runs allowed from last year and someone other than Jason Kendall will be doing the catching. The Brewers still need another starter, and hopefully they're not depending on a Mulder type. What would it take to get Javy Vasquez from Atlanta? That's the guy I would target in the trade market.

1 comment:

  1. I like it. Wolf is still just a guy but since we only had BP tossers last year I like the move. Hawkins,,,,, I hope this isn't the end of the McClung era at Miller Park.

    As for Kendell? I don't mind seeing him gone but can't really get excited about Zaunbie Nation behind the plate. I hope the real plan is to see what this Lacroy kid can do.

    CF: I was a Cameron backer but $10m is a lot of money in Milwaukee. Move that had to be done


    2B: Excited to see if this IS the year for Rickey to put something together.

    Pitching: I would like to see an incentive heavy deal put together for Mulder. I think this is a great low risk high reward deal. I would even go 2 years at the right price.

    Hart:???? Lot of rumors here. I have no problems with are poor mans Jason Werth heading out. The question is who plays RF? Gamel? Cain? free agent?

    I like the Hart for Maine deal with the Mets. I told a co-worker yesterday, he is Cory Hart on the mound. Streaky, and falling short of potential. Maybe a change of scenery is what both guys need.

    Anyways I am ready to sign up for my 10 game plan. personal Christmas gift to myself.