Some of the Highlights From the Brewers Postseason Presser
I like the fact that Doug Melvin hasn't lost his sense of humor, starting his postseason press conference by saying he'd answer the questions about hitting...and assistant GM Gord Ash would answer all of the pitching questions, which came at them like 98 mph heat.
But no more clear message could be sent, than in an honest, 5 second sound bite. And that's what happened when I asked Doug if, regardless of what moves were made in the offseason, if the "take it to the bank guarantee" would be to trade for or sign as a free agent at least one starter.
Doug replied "our goal would probably be to get two starters."
Game on, Jarrod Washburn, Ben Sheets, Dan Haren, Rich Harden, and anyone else willing to listen.
I also thought it was interesting when I asked the Brewers GM if this could be the busiest offseason since he first got here and started rebuilding the team. He certainly didn't deny it...not with all of the free agents, possible trades, and Brewers contracts up for debate.
Melvin strongly indicated that the re-signing of Trevor Hoffman could help in the pitching market...because starters want to know who's closing games, and if they won't have a lot of potential wins blown by a guy that can't seal the deal.
Pitching coach? Doug and Gord will be out of town on Thursday. Rick Peterson seems to be the top candidate. Cardinals guru Dave Duncan could be in the mix, after the playoffs.
Gord also honestly stated that the team might have to sacrifice offense for pitching. But that won't include Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun....with Melvin saying he didn't see that happening.
More thoughts later...your emails welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org