Two possible adds for the Brewers this offseason

October 24, 2012

> Today was one of those extremely boring days that we’re going to be seeing a lot of during the offseason once the World Series is over. There was basically no news- at least on the Brewers front. But, scrolling through MLB Trade Rumors earlier and seeing some of the smaller names that are going to be out there this offseason, I figured I’d project how some of them could fit in with the Brewers. I’ll be doing a lot of this over the next few months, but I’m going to start with two random players- a reliever and a shortstop- and discuss how they would fit in with the Brewers, what the odds of the Brewers signing them are, and so on.

The first name that caught my eye scrolling down MLBTR is reliever Shawn Camp, who spent 2012 with the Cubs. Camp doesn’t come to mind when you think of dominant relievers, but he’s quietly been relatively consistent over the past few years with the Blue Jays (2008-2011) and the Cubs (2012). In 2012, he went 3-6 with a 3.59 ERA, and was one of the bright spots of a Cubs bullpen that wasn’t the greatest (though not as much of a train wreck as the Brewers’ ‘pen). He throws in the high-80’s to low-90’s, but has a pretty deceptive 3/4 delivery. I think he’d be a solid fit in what will hopefully be a revamped Brewers bullpen. The Cubs have shown interest in bringing him back next year, but, if the Brewers show interest as well, I get the feeling he’d rather come to Milwaukee instead of Chicago.

The next guy is shortstop Marco Scutaro- yes, the NLCS MVP for the Giants. I’ve been thinking about him as a possible option for the Brewers since September, but the chances of the Brewers getting him are looking slimmer and slimmer with Scutaro’s unbelievable postseason feats. Anyway, I thought he’d fit in as the starting shortstop if Jean Segura shows that he isn’t quite ready for the starting role. But, even if Segura did earn the starting role, I thought Scutaro would be a better option to sign as a back-up than bringing back Alex Gonzalez in that role. Again, though, Scutaro’s recent success tells me he’ll be looking for something more on the free agent market this offseason. So, unless the Brewers are willing to give him the starting nod at shortstop regardless of the Segura and Gonzalez situations, I’m doubtful of the Brewers’ chances of bringing in Scutaro.

THE NEWS

> Jonathan Lucroy will not be eligible for Super Two Status.

> The Marlins fired Ozzie Guillen after his disastrous first season in Miami. Guillen and Bobby Valentine (Red Sox) held similar circumstances going into this season with their respective teams: each had been given a great team- at least on paper- by their front office, and were expected to contend for a title. I can tell you that I fell for it; I had both the Red Sox and Marlins making the playoffs via the Wild Card prior to the start of the season. But chemistry issues in the clubhouse plagued both teams, hence the early exits of both managers.

> Japanese super-prospect Shohei Otani- pretty much this offseason’s Yu Darvish- has decided to pursue an MLB career rather than stay in Japan. Just like last year with Darvish, the Rangers and Red Sox have done the most work with him so far.

It’s a long shot, but I think he’d be an interesting option for the Brewers. At first, I thought he wouldn’t make sense for them financially. But, looking at Otani’s situation, it’s unlikely an 18-year old is going to get the money Darvish did last year. Plus, since Otani is just coming out of college and never signed with a Japanese team, the MLB team that signs him won’t have to pay the idiotic posting fee.

> Randy Wolf is going to miss all of 2013 due to Tommy John Surgery, a procedure he also had to go through in 2005. That makes me wonder if this had something to do with his sub-par performance with the Brewers in 2012.

Minor moves:

Blue Jays: Claimed David Herndon off waivers from the Phillies; designated Tyson Brummett for assignment.
Phillies:
Outrighted Michael Martinez to Triple-A.
Angels: Outrighted Jeremy Moore to Triple-A.

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Veras has arby hearing

February 14, 2012

> The newly acquired Jose Veras reportedly went to an arbitration hearing with the Brewers earlier today. I don’t really see why, considering Veras asked for $2.375 million, and the Brewers countered with $2 million. Not that big of a difference, but apparently they were having trouble coming to an agreement.

The last time the Brewers went to an arbitration case was with Corey Hart, prior to the 2010 season. Hart ended up winning the case, and the Brewers’ fan base was angry because he’d made some cracks at the fans, and hadn’t been much a player before that. However, he completely turned it around in 2010, and had a career year with 31 homers and 102 RBIs. Hart’s feelings towards the fan base also changed, as he’s becoming a fan favorite in Milwaukee.

I don’t if Veras is worth going to an arbitration hearing with, but he’d better have at least a decent year next year.

> The Athletics have apparently came out of nowhere and signed Cuban sensation Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36 million deal.

But, in my opinion, this really isn’t going to help them at all. They’ve already traded away Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey. I’m guessing this move is only to make their fan-base a little more confident in their team next year, but I still predict that they’ll come in last by a large margin next year in the AL West.

> Remember that show called “The Franchise” that started airing last year? They went behind the scenes of the Giants’ clubhouse, but this year they’re featuring the Marlins. I might actually watch it this year, just because Carlos Zambrano‘s tantrums will be available for the public to see. Ozzie Guillen is also quite the character.

I assume that’s why the Marlins are going to be the team featured, though, because they have so many different personalities on their team.

> Very, very, very slow news day today. The only Brewers news was the Veras case, and there isn’t much to talk about there, so I kind of had to go into some non-Brewers related topics. I don’t usually do that, but it’s inevitable when the Brewers aren’t making any interesting moves. But Spring Training is coming soon enough, and I’ll have plenty to cover then.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and feel free to leave your thoughts.