Brewers Melvin Wasn't About To Let It Happen Again
Two Pitchers, Two Years In a Row
Back during the 2009 trading deadline, Brewers GM Doug Melvin had the best offer on the table for Blue Jays P Roy Halladay.
Toronto dropped the ball, didn't make the call...got cold feet, and didn't trade Halladay to Milwaukee.
This time around, when faced with acquiring a former Cy Young award winner who had a no-trade clause that specifically included Milwaukee, Melvin swallowed hard, overpaid a little, and sealed the deal.
Clearly, Melvin is under pressure. Owner Mark Attanasio has him under a win or else ultimatum, and clearly now in a somewhat weak NL Central, the Brewers could be the team to beat.
It appears the Brewers will keep Prince Fielder until at least the trading deadline, likely sign Rickie Weeks to a long term deal, and have Greinke for at least another year. All gambles Melvin is more than willing to make.
For the second straight year, the Brewers go out and get two new starters...but this time, it's so much better. Greinke is a legitimate ace, and Gallardo is a developing ace. Marcum and Wolf round out a very good starting four, and Randy Wolf is where he belongs...a solid 3 or 4 in the rotation. And I've said from the end of last year, Chris Narveson would be one of the best 5th pitchers in the league...he's earned it and deserves it to round out the rotation.
It takes a lot to bump the Packers down on game day. This certainly does it.
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