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Teixeira signed by Yanks…good for the Brewers?

Brewers’ fans were no doubt a bit miffed upon learning that the Evil Empire, a.k.a. the New York Yankees, signed free agent first baseman Mark Teixeria to an 8-year, $180 million contract earlier in the week.  Not only had the Yankees returned to their free spending ways of snaring the best players in baseball to […]

Christmas 2008 Brewers’ Wish List

Once again, Santa faxed me a list of what members of the Brewers’ family asked for this Christmas: Doug Melvin–An ace starting pitcher, a closer, and a reserve middle infielder (preferably one that hits left-handed and is not named Craig Counsell) Mark Attanasio–A lower payroll, a revenue increase of 10%, another playoff run, and five […]

Brewers’ Melvin making little moves

Well, not that CC Sabathia is officially a Yankee–and Mike Cameron apparently will not be–Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin moved on to signing (read: auditioning) left-handed outfield bats to compete with Tony Gwynn, Jr., for a back-up outfielder/left-handed pinch hitter role. Trot Nixon and Chris Duffy have agreed to audition. Nixon, 74…er, 34, hit a buck […]

Idea to complete the Cameron trade

I hesitate to write this post, on the outside chance that someone in the Yankees’ organization might see it. Memo to Doug Melvin: Trade Cameron for Melky Cabrera, even up, if you can. I freely admit that Cameron is a better outfielder today.  But Cameron is nearing Social Security, and is only under contract for […]

Ideas to complete the Cameron trade

I hesitate to write this post, on the outside chance that someone in the Yankees’ organization might see it. Memo to Doug Melvin: Trade Cameron for Melky Cabrera, even up, if you can. I freely admit that Cameron is a better outfielder today.  But Cameron is nearing Social Security, and is only under contract for […]

Sabathia gone to N.Y.–Cameron next?

C.C. Sabathia agreed to a record 7-year, $161 million deal with the Yankees on Wednesday…not Yanks’ GM Brian Cashman is trying to pry centerfielder Mike Cameron away, by trading their centerfielder, Melky Cabera, and possibly another player for Cameron.  Tom Haudricourt of JSOnline.com says the trade is looking like a real possibility, as the Brewers […]

Melvin orders Lamb and Coffey

Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin added two more players to the Brewers’ 40-man roster–both late season additions in ’08. First Melvin inked right-handed middle reliever Todd Coffey to a one-year deal for 2009 on Monday, only to then sign Mike Lamb to a deal on Tuesday. The Brewers’ 40-man roster now stands at 37 players. Lamb […]

Should Melvin abandon pursuing Sabathia?

Yes, I said it.  Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin should move on. Simply put, Sabathia is going to drag this out as long as he can…and, in doing so, Melvin won’t be able to pursue any other free agent starting pitchers.  Since only the Yankees, Giants and Angels are the Brewers’ only competition, the GM’s of […]

Brewers quietly overhauling arms on 40-man

Don’t look now, but 2009 might be a rebuilding year for the Brewers’ pitching staff…and no one knows it yet. With Salomon Torres (retirement), Eric Gagne (free agency), Brian Shouse (free agency), and Guillermo Mota (free agency) all off the 40-man roster, Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin has been quietly adding arms in prep for next […]

Brewers on the hot seat for ’09

As the 2009 Milwaukee Brewers start to develop, odds are that the pressure to show improvement will be on many players and coaches throughout the season…here is a first look in descending order at who is going to be under the microscope (and possibly the chopping block) starting in February: 1. Bill Castro, pitching coach–having […]

FA period opens for Brewers…Sabathia, Sheets still in the mix?

Free agent season is here! For the Brewers, the ’08-’09 free agency season has all the makings of a losing proposition–as both their #1 and #2 starters from last year–Ben Sheets and CC Sabathia–are free agents and quite likely heading to greener pastures…or at least more greenbacks. But not so fast. The Brewers purportedly offered […]

Brewers now need a new closer

First Francisco Cordero left the Brewers in 2008; then Eric Gagne was signed, but laid a big egg as the closer.  Finally, after almost losing him to retirement last season right after trading for him, the Brewers made Salomon Torres their closer. Now Torres is retiring…again. Torres had 28 saves in 35 opportunities last year, […]

President-Elect Obama…Cub Hater?

Congrats to President-Elect Barack Obama…leader, lawyer, politican…and Cub hater? Obama is part of the triad of Brewers’ fans, Cardinals’ fans, and White Sox fans that abhor the pajama clad Northsiders.  In the spirit of unity, Obama would never admit to hating the Baby Bears…but *wink wink* we know what he really thinks of them. Alas…Obama […]

Cameron’s returning; Maddux is not :(

The Brewers exercised their $10 million option on Mike Cameron, almost assuring that Tony Gwynn, Jr. will be dealt. Also, Mike Maddux has decided to accept a position with the Texas Rangers and will not be returning as Ken Macha’s pitching coach; Dale Sveum, however, will be the new hitting coach. My thoughts–the Cameron move […]

Dillon gone…Counsell is too?

Infield Joe Dillon will not be sporting a Brewers’ jersey in 2009.  Dillon was designated for assignment–and then claimed by the A’s–when the Brewers added former Chicago Cub infielder Casey McGehee off waivers last Wednesday.  McGehee hit .167 with the Cubs after being a September call-up, and was blocked by Aramis Ramirez and thus expendable.  […]

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