brandnew wrote:The Brewers are getting a jump in 10 mil. of payroll? Do they have any expiring contracts? Cause they could make a run at Millwood, or someone similar. I like them a lot next year, with Sheets, Capuano, and Davis in that rotation, pretty solid 1-3, add in a #2 like a Barry Zito type, and they're in business.
I wonder if they could swing a deal for Oliver Perez? Do they have anyone in the minors that they'd trade for him?
Yes, they're going from about 40 mil to a little above 50 mil, I would guess Melvin would get the flexibility to go to about 55 mil if need be. The problem is much of that 10-15 mil of added payroll will have to go towards our own players. Brady Clark is due arbitration, Lee is due a raise if we pick up his 8.5 mil option, Tomo Ohka figures to net about 4 mil (up about 1.5) in arbitration, and Overbay will jump a couple mil too. I figure Lyle is gone. So, I think after paying our own guys, we'll be sitting at like 45 mil, leaving us with 5 to possibly 10 to spend. As such, I think the Millwood types would be out of our range. Washburn is a possibility if he gives us a hometown discount (unlikely given that he's a Boras client) and signs for 7-8 mil per. Something like 3 years/24 mil (7-8-9) or 4 yrs/32 mil (7-8-8-9).
I agree the addition of a quality #2 is the goal, b/c Capuano and Double D are ideal 3/4 pitchers. I think it will have to come in trade though. The Brewers are very deep in the minors, so I would think they could deal prospects if need be (for example, they have 4 upper level OF prospects, and they still have Lee/Jenks/Clark in the bigs). However, I don't think they want to mortage the future stability they're trying to build to add one player.
In all, I trust Melvin, he's been great. He's turned waiver claims into stars (Turnbow), and into tradebait (Kolb, Podsednik). Now's the season where fans want to see him step beyond waiver claims and trash heap picksup and make a serious move. Maybe they deal Lee for some bigtime pitching? I don't know, but it will be intersting.