Could Melvin and Yost be thinking “Lucky 13?”

Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin has been trying to deal one of his extra starting pitchers for a solid, everyday, preferably left-handed hitting outfielder. Tom Haudricourt, of, in his blog, quoted Melvin as saying the Brewers are content with their existing personnel. If so, then the Brewers would go into Opening Day with 13 pitchers: […]

Brewers looking at Kenny Lofton?

I first heard about the rumor on Madison’s ESPN Radio’s Heller & Murphy show. Then I did a Google search and found ESPN was reporting it…and then JSOnline’s Tom Haudricourt did a blog posting on it. Some pluses and minuses to signing Kenny Lofton: Pluses: Lofton bats left-handed…something the Brewers sorely need. Lofton has a […]

Memo to Doug: Brews still need LHLF w/OBP

Now that Doug Melvin has locked up two bullpens worth of relief pitching, his quest for a new starting outfielder would seem to be his top priority. Melvin has gone on the record saying that he’d like a hitter with a high OBP (which I would tend to define to be at least .380). But […]

Newest Brewer on ‘Roid List

Eric Gagné was the only current Brewers on Sen. George Mitchell’s report regarding steroid use, summarized by under: “Purchases or Use of Performance Enhancing Substances by Players in Major League Baseball” Not quite sure what to make of the news. My first reaction was, ‘well, that sure explains why he dropped off towards the […]

Aquino, McClung sign; arb list down to 5

Greg Aquino and Seth McClung both signed one-year deals Tuesday, and both avoid arbitration, according to Adam McClavy of McCalvy also reported that catcher Mike Rivera signed a one-year contract, and, hours after Matt Wise was released, his uniform number, #38, was taken by Eric Gagne. Only 5 players are left to decide whether […]

Brews arb list already down to 7

The Brewers avoided arbitration with catcher Eric Munson, by signing him to a 1-year deal worth $525,000, then designated reliever Matt Wise for assignment, bringing their arbitration list down to 7 by Tuesday afternoon. Layne Nix also completed his 10-day window after having been designated for assignment on 12/05; in addition to Wise having been […]

Brewers offer arbitration Wednesday; Should they stay or should they go now?

Wednesday’s deadline to decide who to offer arbitration to (or not) is fast approaching, so I thought I’d do a review of the 9 Brewers that are eligible for arbitration, according to 3rd year eligibles: Brian Shouse…$975,000 in ’07 2nd year eligibles: Chris Capuano…$3.25 mil. in ’07 Claudio Vargas…$2.50 mil. in ’07 Matt Wise…$1.00 […]

Kevin Mench designated…plus a weird hunch

As expected, the Brewers designated outfielder Kevin Mench for assignment on Monday, two days before he’d have been non-tendered for arbitration. The move was necessary to add Salomon Torres to the 40-man roster. With a pending signing, and less than 60 hours to decide who to offer arbitration to, does anyone else have this weird […]

Doug Melvin strengthens my man crush for him

Okay, to say I have a man crush on Brewers’ General Manager might be a little strong, but I’ve been a fan of his since he came to Milwaukee. He has consistently made great trades, picked up diamonds in the rough off the scrap heap and makes very shrewed free agent signings. The latest and […]

Breaking News: Brewers close to inking Gagne

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal sports writer Tom Haudricourt, on his blog, is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers are very close to signing Eric Gagne to a one-year deal. If, or when, Gagne is signed, the Brewers will have both the most revamped bullpen in the majors, as well as the one with the greatest potential. Gagne would […]

Guess What? Melvin adds…yup, another reliever!!

I don’t know why I even try to keep up with the Brewers’ relievers situation. The Brewers’ acquired Pirates closer Salomen Torres via trade on Friday, shipping out relievers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts. According to Adam McCalvy’s write-up: Torres is signed through 2008 under a two-year, $6.5 million contract that pays $3.2 million this […]

Updated bullpen candidates for Milwaukee

Had to post an update of relief candidates heading to Maryvale…after Melvin added three more on Thursday, while losing one. Other changes–“virtual locks” are listed first; I removed Ray King (not coming back) and Adam Pettyjohn (free agent), Carlos Villanueva (moved to rotation) and Chris Capuano (moved to rotation): LOCKS (4): Derrick Turnbow, David Riske, […]

BREAKING NEWS: Crew loses two

In an off-season of looking for outfielders and pitching that is major-league ready, Doug Melvin might have missed a couple right under his nose.The Brewers lost reliever R.A. Dickey (15th pick) to the Seattle Mariners and infielder/outfielder Callix Crabbe (41st pick) to the San Diego Padres in the major-league phase of the Rule 5 draft […]

Rule 5: Brewers will wait ’til 2nd round (probably)

With the signing and subsequent addition of reliever David Riske as the 40th man to the 40-man, Doug Melvin might get to sleep in tomorrow…at least until after the first-round (starting time, 9 a.m. CT). An update for anyone out there interested (confession: I love Rule 5 but, admittedly, am still developing an understanding of […]

All Quiet In Nashville for Brewers

Buried in Adam McCalvy’s Tuesday evening article for entitled, “Brewers near deal with reliever Riske,” were some updates on other hot stove rumblings: General manager Doug Melvin confirmed Tuesday that the Brewers’ interest in Rolen had cooled because of…Rolen’s contract ($36 million over the next three years) and concerns about Rolen’s thrice-repaired left shoulder. […]