Brewers, Axford working on deal

> The Brewers have reportedly been trying to negotiate a multi-year deal with closer John Axford, according to a few sources. Axford is the only member of the 40-man roster to not sign a deal for the 2012 season, as he said that he’s “holding out for billions.” Obviously, that’s a joke (hopefully), but I kind of wonder if now’s the time for a multi-year deal.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d like the Brewers to lock him up for a few years. But, he isn’t a free agent for the first time until 2017. And, the Brewers have other players that they should try locking up first (Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum).

I’m not saying this is going to happen, because I doubt it will, but it can sometimes be dangerous to sign closers to multi-year deals. Closers can sometimes lose it overnight- just look at Trevor Hoffman, Derrick Turnbow, Jonathan Broxton and so on. If the Brewers go any further than three years, I might get a little worried.

But hopefully that won’t happen to Axford, and he can be the Brewers closer for a long time. If he keeps it up, he could be the next Rollie Fingers- he’s already got the mustache for it. (Link to article on Axford)

> The talks about a possible Wild Card expansion for the postseason are still alive, and will hopefully come to a close soon. If it does get done, then, starting with the 2012 postseason, there would be a one-game playoff between two Wild Card teams. The winner would then go onto the division series.

Unlike many other baseball matters, I’m actually taking a neutral position on this. If it gets done, great. Then we’d have an action-packed, dramatic one game playoff between the Wild Card teams, which would be pretty cool. But, if it doesn’t get done, that’s fine too. I like the way the playoffs are set up now, and if they stay this way, that’s fine. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become like the NBA, where it feels like every team makes the playoffs every year. I’m never going to forget last year when the Bucks were 26-40, and ESPN (or some other sports anchor) claimed that they were still “in the hunt” for a playoff spot. That’s when I realized the NBA was extremely flawed. I’d prefer baseball not go down that road, but, even if it did, I would still watch it, because it’s just fundamentally better than basketball in general.

In any case, we’ll see if this thing gets done. (Link to article on WC expansion)

> The Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina have agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal, according to multiple sources. The Cards have yet to comment on the matter, but it sounds like it’s a done deal.

Molina did his best to become unpopular with Brewers fans last season by salivating all over an umpire after a called third strike (that appeared to be a strike). But, you can’t argue the fact that he’s a great catcher, who will probably make the Hall of Fame solely because of his unbelievable defense behind the plate. He also had a breakout season on the other side of the plate last year, leading the Cardinals with a .305 batting average. (Link to article on Molina)

> And that’s about it. Thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.

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