The Brewers have an off-day today, one of the most torturing times for a baseball fan during the season, yet a great time for the players. Anyway, there wasn’t much news today surrounding the Brewers, but there were a few things that caught my eye.
Since Prince Fielder is so excited to leave the Brewers, we might as well start off with a topic relating to that. According to MLB Trade Rumors, a possible target for the Brewers this offseason could be Lance Berkman. Berkman is having a great ocmeback season with the Cardinals after a down-season in 2010, when he split time with the Astros and Yankees. MLB Trade Rumors stated that it would be logical for the Brewers to go after Berkman because Fielder will more than likely leave (and he’s even said it himself), but, Berkman has already said that he wants to stay with the Cardinals in 2012.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I understand Berkman is having a good year. But, his 2010 season is the only issue I have with the Brewers possible signing him. We won’t know until next year whether 2010 was a fluke, or if this year is a fluke. I know that his career says that 2010 was probably a fluke, but we have to take his age into consideration as well. Anyway, what I’m saying is that this may be too experimental of a move for the Brewers, a team hoping to contend in 2012. The Cardinals took a risk signing him and hoping he’d produce, and, for all we know, they could have gotten lucky.
Anyway, MLB Trade Rumors also said that three possible suitors this offseason would be the Rangers, Orioles, and Dodgers. If I were Fielder, I wouldn’t be too excited to go to any of those teams (except maybe the Rangers).
Now, onto Francisco Rodriguez, who also came out and created a distraction yesterday by saying he was “disappointed” and “irritated” that he wasn’t getting any save opportunities. The Brewers promised him that he would get some save opportunities before he was traded, so I guess I see where he’s coming from. But, when you’re playing for a team competing for their first division title in 29 years, you have to put the team first- not yourself. Something K-Rod and Fielder are failing to understand.
Anyway, K-Rod also needs to understand that John Axford has been unbelievable for the Brewers this year, and they aren’t just going to give some veteran some save opportunities just because he wants to close. And, Axford is making 4% of what K-Rod is making. But, K-Rod doesn’t understand playing for a small market team yet (the only other two teams he’s played for are the Angels and Mets).
Anyway, one more thing before I go- manager Ron Roenicke and GM Doug Melvin continue to say that they don’t believe that Fielder and K-Rod are creating distractions. I’m not buying that, though, because the way this team is playing, there are obviously distractions surrounding them. But, getting off that topic, I’ll end with the probables for the Brewers-Reds series:
Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.44 ERA) vs. Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.28 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo (16-10, 3.66 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (5-5, 5.80 ERA)
Zack Greinke (14-6, 3.87 ERA) vs. Dontrelle Willis (0-6, 5.04 ERA)