Burnett, Choate yanked off the market

December 6, 2012

> If the Brewers are still intending to pick up a left-handed reliever this offseason, it’s going to be a heck of a lot harder after today. The Angels snagged Sean Burnett with a two-year, $8 million deal, while the Cardinals signed Randy Choate to a three-year deal worth $7.5 million.

I was hoping the Brewers would find a way to sign Burnett, but I should have known better with the deal they had on the table for him, which was for two years and just $2.3 million (according to the Brewer Nation). From what was made public, the Brewers didn’t have much interest in Choate.

So the two best lefty relievers left on the market are J.P. Howell and Mike Gonzalez. Adam McCalvy wrote that Howell is a name to keep an eye on for the Brewers, while Gonzalez hasn’t been mentioned as a possibility yet. Tom Haudricourt also said he sees Tom Gorzelanny, who had a 2.88 out of the Nationals’ bullpen last year, as a fit. But there’s no doubt that there are also multiple teams in on these guys as well, so the Brewers need to make a decent offer- and fast.

> It doesn’t sound like Jason Grilli is going to be wearing a Brewers uniform next year. Grilli’s agent, who happens to be ex-Brewer Gary Sheffield, said he and his client are going to be “wading through” all of the offers they’ve received. The Brewers reportedly have an offer in place, though I can’t imagine a one-year, $1.1 million deal is going to phase Grilli to come to Milwaukee.

> According to Danny Knobler, the Brewers are listening to trade offers regarding Corey Hart in order to free up money to sign a pitcher (or receive pitching in exchange for Hart). Luckily, it sounds like the Brewers would have to be “overwhelmed” in order to deal Hart, however. 

And I would not support trading Hart at this point. If the Brewers aren’t going to sign Josh Hamilton, then they can’t afford to trade away Hart and expect the lineup to post the same power numbers it did last year.

As much as I want the Brewers to get bullpen help (and possibly a starter), I don’t think they should do it via the trade. I know the free agent market isn’t the best this year, but, unless they can pull off trades similar to the Burke Badenhop one the other day in order to acquire pitching, FAs might be the only way to go.

> It was reported earlier that the Royals and Cubs have joined the Brewers and Red Sox in the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes. But the Royals and Cubs were both quickly erased- we learned that the Royals offered Dempster a two-year, $26 million deal, but it was rejected because the Royals “balked” at adding a third year (similar to the Brewers’ situation). And the Cubs said Dempster didn’t fit into their plans, hence they’re out of the running.

> The Brewers added both pitcher Chris Jakubauskas and infielder Hainley Statia on minor league deals.

> Minor moves: 

Mariners: Signed Jason Bay to a one-year deal.
Angels: Signed Joe Blanton to a two-year deal.
Orioles: Re-signed Nate McLouth to a one-year deal; signed Adam Russell, Conor Jackson, and Jan Novak to minor league deals.
Diamondbacks: Signed Eric Chavez and ex-Brewer Wil Nieves to one-year deals.
White Sox: Signed Jeff Keppinger to a three-year deal.
Pirates: Acquired Andrew Oliver from the Tigers.
Tigers: Acquired Ramon Cabrera from the Pirates.
Rockies: Re-signed Jeff Francis to a one-year deal.
Cubs: Signed Nate Schierholtz to a one-year deal.

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A few trade rumors…

July 26, 2011

4:42p Well, since the Brewers have an off-day today, there isn’t much for me to write about in a post today. But, the idea came to me earlier today that I should put up a few possible trade rumors surrounding the Brewers. Some of these are surprising, but some actually make sense.

Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers

This is one that somewhat surprises me. The Brewers supposedly have a mild interest in Hiroki Kuroda, a starting pitcher for the Dodgers, who is currently there on a one-year deal.

Now, there are many teams who are reportedly interested in Kuroda, and most of them are more interested than the Brewers. A few teams drawing interest towards Kuroda are the Tigers, Yankees, Red Sox, Indians, Rangers, and Cardinals. All of those teams could use a starter to fill in a hole in the back-end of their rotation.

But, Kuroda has a full no-trade clause, meaning he can decline any trade offers. The Dodgers claim he can persuaded to waive that clause, however. In fact, Kuroda recently said that he would consider waiving the clause if he were to be traded to the Yankees or Red Sox (big surprise there).

Anyway, the three hottest teams pursuing Kuroda are the Tigers, Indians, and Rangers. So I’m guessing the Brewers aren’t really trying too hard to get him, and I can see why. We already have five established starters in Zack Greinke, Yovani Gallardo, Shaun Marcum, Randy Wolf, and Chris Narveson. Not to mention a few guys in Triple-A who can be called up to help the rotation, if needed. That’s why I was surprised to even see the Brewers on the list of teams pursuing Kuroda.

Kuroda is 6-12 with a 3.19 ERA this season. His ERA is actually lower than every member of our starting rotation, yet all of our guys have more wins than him. That’s why I’m surprised Kuroda isn’t more eager to get traded so he can actually get some run support.

Carlos Beltran, Mets

Carlos Beltran is obviously rumored to go to a lot of different teams, with the Giants and Phillies among the top suitors for him. But, the Brewers and Reds, both of the NL Central, have slight interest in him, and could make a surprise move to acquire him.

But, there are a few things that don’t make sense to me about the Brewers going after him. We have Corey Hart under control for the next few years as our right fielder, and Beltran said that he doesn’t want to move back to center field, his former position. Beltran is more of a consistent hitter than Hart, obviously, but, if the Brewers traded for him, it would be a half-season rental, because Beltran automatically becomes a free agent at season’s end. This, like the Kuroda rumor, doesn’t make much sense for the Brewers.

Center field depth

This isn’t exactly a rumor, but something the Brewers may be looking for before the trade deadline.

Carlos Gomez recently went down with an injury that may have very well ended his season last week in Arizona. Ron Roenicke claimed that he would be back on the field before season’s end, but, until then, the Brewers need a decent right-handed center fielder to platoon with the left-handed Nyjer Morgan. Brett Carroll has taken over for Gomez for the time being, but I don’t know how long he’s going to last with us, considering his career .205 average.

Search for a versatile infielder

The Brewers are reportedly looking for a versatile veteran infielder. They had been going after Jeff Keppinger and Wilson Betemit, but the Astros dealt Keppinger to the Giants, and the Royals dealt Betemit to the Tigers. And, even before talks with those two began, the Brewers were talking to the Dodgers about Jamey Carroll. But, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said that talks didn’t really advance further than the Brewers just expressing interest in Carroll. So the Brewers could still be on the search for an infielder.

Possible search for another reliever

The Brewers could also search for another reliever, which I wouldn’t mind at all. They obviously have already acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Mets, but they may go for a left-handed reliever, as the Brewers’ bullpen is currently dominated by all right-handers. Zack Braddock, Mitch Stetter, and Manny Parra, all of the Brewers left handers with Major League experience, have endured serious setbacks. Braddock was optioned once again to the Minors because he was extremely ineffective this season. He is apparently being bothered by something that the Brewers refuse to say publicly. At the beginning of the year, it was a sleeping issue (based off a disorder similar to that of Zack Greinke), but it appears to be something different this time. Stetter is trying to fight his way back from a hip injury, but you can imagine that a hip injury is tough to overcome due to the way he throws. Lastly, Parra keeps having setback after setback during his rehab appearances and probably won’t even throw again this season.

Anyway, that’s the situation for the Brewers, as far as lefties out of the ‘pen go. I don’t know who they’ll try to acquire to fix the situation, or if they even will at all.

Also, Mike Adams has come up in rumors surrounding the Brewers. Adams, currently with the Padres, came up through the Brewers system and pitched for us from 2004-06. He is having a great year with the Padres right now and has a 1.20 ERA. He would be a great addition to our bullpen (I wouldn’t mind him replacing Kameron Loe).

Anyway, that’s about all the rumors I know of right now. The deadline is the 31st, so it’s coming up fast. The only big move they’ve made so far is the trade for Rodriguez, but Doug Melvin doesn’t screw around when it comes to making blockbuster trades, so we could expect more.


Wilson’s missed pop up haunts Brewers in loss

July 24, 2011

5:38p The Brewers still can’t win a series on the road.

Brewers-Giants Wrap-Up

The Brewers lost to the Giants today, 2-1. It handed them yet another series loss on the road, and they finished 5-6 on a tough road trip through the NL West. The Brewers have not had a series win on the road since a sweep of the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium in the beginning of June.

Yovani Gallardo had a solid start, going seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five. It was actually a miracle that he even made it through seven innings, considering he needed 61 pitches to make it through the third.

Madison Bumgarner was slightly better than Gallardo, however, going 7 2/3 innings and giving up one run on eight hits. He walked none and struck out eight.

The only Brewers run came on Ryan Braun’s first inning home run. Gallardo held the Giants scoreless until the third, when he gave up a double to Bumgarner, who scored on Jeff Keppinger’s single.

Then, the Brewers’ astounding defense came into play in the fourth, when Josh Wilson completely missed a pop up and allowed Aubrey Huff to reach first. He probably lost it in the sun, but it doesn’t matter, because that play would wind up costing us the game. Huff eventually got around to third, then scored on Mike Fontenot’s sacrifice fly.

And that was the only scoring in the game. Sergio Romo and Brian Wilson finished the game for the Giants to give them the win.

Carroll makes Brewers debut

Brett Carroll made his Brewers’ debut today. He almost did last night, but was yanked from the on-deck circle due to a pitching chance.

Anyway, Carroll didn’t get a hit, but he made a highlight reel catch in center to rob Nate Schierhotlz of a base hit.

Fielder declines to take day off

Manager Ron Roenicke wanted to give Prince Fielder a day off today for two reasons: one, he’s in the midst of his worst slump of the season, and two, Bumgarner, a lefty, was on the mound. But, Fielder elected to play, and went 2-for-4 at the plate. This is a sign that he’s probably just about out of his slump that started after the All-Star Break.

Up next for the Crew…

The Brewers have a scheduled off-day tomorrow, but will return to Miller Park on Tuesday to take on the Cubs. Chris Narveson (6-6, 4.45) will take the mound for the Brewers in the first game of the series. He’s coming off a no-decision against the Diamondbacks, but he went seven scoreless innings and threw just 87 pitches. He appeared set to toss a complete game, but the bullpen blew it for him after he was pulled. Anyway, Narveson has dominated the Cubs in his career, going 5-0 with a 3.38 ERA against them.

Sadly, Narveson won’t be the only pitcher in that matchup who has dominated the opposition over their career, as Ryan Dempster (7-7, 5.00 ERA) will go for the Cubs. Dempster is having a down year so far, but that doesn’t change the numbers he has against the Brewers: 15-3 with a 2.50 ERA. This should be a pretty big pitchers’ duel.

Elsewhere around the division…

  • The Reds will take on the Braves at 7:05 CT. As of right now, they are four games back.
  • The Pirates defeated the Cardinals in extra innings today, 4-3. The Brewers, Cardinals, and Pirates are now in a three-way tie for first in the Central.
  • The Cubs defeated the Astros in extra innings today, 5-4. They are 11.5 games and 20 games back, respectively.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 2 7 0

Milwaukee Brewers

Player AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Corey Hart, RF 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .262
Josh Wilson, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .263
Ryan Braun, LF 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 .321
Prince Fielder, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .287
Rickie Weeks, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .273
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS 4 0 1 0 0 3 1 .252
Jonathan Lucroy, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .280
Brett Carroll, CF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Yovani Gallardo, P 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .239
a-Casey McGehee, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .226
Total 32 1 8 1 0 10 12

a-Struck out for Gallardo in the 8th

BATTING

2B: Gallardo (2).

HR: Braun (20).

RBI: Braun (68).

Team RISP: 0-for-2.

Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING

DP: (Wilson-Weeks-Fielder).

Milwaukee Brewers

Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yovani Gallardo (L, 11-7) 7.0 6 2 2 1 5 0 3.89
Takashi Saito 1.0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3.00

WP: Gallardo.

Pitches-strikes: Gallardo 121-81, Saito 21-8.

Groundouts-flyouts: Gallardo 4-6, Saito 1-0.

Batters faced: Gallardo 27, Saito 5.