BREWERS NEWS AND NOTES
ITEMS OF INTEREST
Today could be the day that the Brewers reach a deal with all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman...or watch the Dodgers swoop in and close the deal. Hoffman and his agent would like a 2-year deal...Brewers GM Doug Melvin wants to stay with 1-year and an option year.
Would you go 2 years, for up to $16 million? That might be the question Melvin is pondering as we speak.
Other offseason items of interest:
J.J. Hardy will stay at short. It appears Alcides Escobar will get another year of seasoning in the minors, likely at AAA Nashville.
Mat Gamel will stay at third...at least for now.
It's very likely the Brewers hang on to Prince Fielder for another year, and bite off his salary jumping 10 fold...from $670,000 to $7 million plus in arbitration.
I still think Doug Melvin pulls off a trade of some type before spring training....maybe Bill Hall, or somebody...
Scratch Mark Mulder and Oliver Perez off your pitching wish list. Melvin talked to Mulder when he was on vacation...because they were on the same cruise ship! But Mulder is too injury prone, and Perez led the National League in walks...and you can't have Perez, Jeff Suppan and Dave Bush with the possibility of being knocked out on pitch counts by the 5th or 6th inning...and roasting your bullpen.
Melvin still claims the door is open for Ben Sheets, but he hasn't called his agent...and Casey Close hasn't called him. I'm guessing Sheets is regretting passing up arbitration, where his comparable numbers to A.J. Burnett would have gotten him a comparable one year contract (about $16 million) instead of the lack of 2-year offers and the lesser average he's going to get elsewhere.
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