I'm surprised the Brewers weren't able to get a higher profile reliever for that package
This just gets me excited to see who we can get for Dotel and/or Riske, Greinke!!
The price for relievers this year is pretty high and I'm loving it!
- Dotel immediately came to mind. I know that Linebrink has been outstanding in the past, but his numbers (esp. K's) are down this season at a moderately alarming level.
That's where I'm at with this deal.
Linebrink is "the bird in the hand" in this deal - we know what he's done, we know what he's capable of, and even though he's not having the year people expected of him he's still a more-than-adequate arm for your bullpen. At the same time, all three prospects the Brewers gave up are unproven, not-ready-for-the-Majors talent who all three may not pan out. They all have shown potential, but I'll take proof over potential any day, especially when I'm leading my division with the playoffs creeping up.
Having said that, these three prospects have all been reasonably highly rated in their path through the minors, and Inman in particular was supposed to be destined for MLB impact in the next coupla years. I would have thought that for three such names they would have been able to get someone better than Linebrink. It's so hard since we have no idea what the back-room discussions for this player or that player were. Maybe Linebrink was the only guy available for the price the Brew Crew wanted to pay. Still, I would have to think there was someone else available for that package of prospects.
Like TBuck said earlier, I'm willing to give Melvin the benefit of the doubt. He's pulled off some pretty awesome trades in the past, so this probably will be a pretty good deal as well. That's his track record, anyway.
With a GM who makes good deals, who knows how to get the talent he needs, and with a farm system as chock full of top prospects as the Brewers' system seems to be, Milwaukee could make the Central their own little playground for the next several years, especially if St. Louis and Houston, the typical Central Powerhouses, continue their slides into mediocrity.
I'm liking what Milwaukee is doing. I think they have a really good organization up there.
I hope they become the Second Best team in the Central. Right behind my Cubs.