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(Bleacher Report)   The Brewers agree to 4 year deal with Matt Garza, or not, but definitely maybe   (bleacherreport.com) divider line 14
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2014-01-24 07:44:00 AM
What's worse? Overspending on high-end pitchers entering their prime or overspending on mediocre pitchers with an injury history leaving their prime?
 
2014-01-24 08:15:52 AM

WTF Indeed: What's worse? Overspending on high-end pitchers entering their prime or overspending on mediocre pitchers with an injury history leaving their prime?


He didn't do poorly in Texas.  I thought JD would make a play to keep him. Ah well, fire up the stove.
 
2014-01-24 08:28:02 AM
Heard on sports talk yesterday, so I haven't verified it, that for the salary of Lohse, Garza, and Segura, the Brewers could have paid Greinke. That is the market, which is extremely unfortunate. I really hope Garza does well, and Melvin can get a trade done that gets us something for Gallardo. Possibly a first baseman and/or a third baseman?
 
2014-01-24 09:55:17 AM

roc6783: Heard on sports talk yesterday, so I haven't verified it, that for the salary of Lohse, Garza, and Segura, the Brewers could have paid Greinke. That is the market, which is extremely unfortunate. I really hope Garza does well, and Melvin can get a trade done that gets us something for Gallardo. Possibly a first baseman and/or a third baseman?


Come on now, Milwaukee just gave Lyle Overbay a minor league contract. His .267 BA just screams power. When he doesn't pan out, there's always Mark Reynolds to fall back on.
 
2014-01-24 10:05:02 AM
Thanks WS, I just broke my desk with my face. At least we're locked up in the outf...oh yeah. Well, center, short, and catcher are good. Garza would improve the pitching that was at time horrendous and sometimes really good. I think if everything breaks right we could compete for a wild card spot, and really that's what we need from them thus year. Next year, though, hoo boy, it will be playoffs or bust.
 
2014-01-24 10:19:14 AM
So about that 1st baseman and 3rd baseman issue we keep having ... 'O' isn't gonna get it done. Francisco is a bumbling idiot. For 3rd we have ... who do we have? Anyone who can stay healthy for a month or 2?
 
2014-01-24 10:24:13 AM

roc6783: Thanks WS, I just broke my desk with my face.


Looking to be another long, hot summer.

Keep em rolling Milwaukee.

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We're gonna need em.
 
2014-01-24 10:30:31 AM

WhiskeySticks: Come on now, Milwaukee just gave Lyle Overbay a minor league contract. His .267 BA just screams power. When he doesn't pan out, there's always Mark Reynolds to fall back on.


You have to look at who he would be taking plate appearances from.  On offense in 2013, all Brewers' first basemen combined hit .206/.259/.370, and didn't steal a base.  For comparison, that .259 OBP was still better than the Dodgers' pitching staff, who only had a .233 (and 2 SB).

On defense, they committed 21 errors (no other team's 1Bs had more than 14), and had the fewest assists in MLB (74).  (They started an average number of double plays, but keep in mind that they're typically throwing to Jean Segura, who turns it well and has excellent hands.)

BP recently made the case that they had the worst contribution from 1B since dead ball.  Even the 2013 version of Lyle Overbay is, sadly, a huge upgrade for the Brewers.
 
2014-01-24 10:35:28 AM
Can you cry optimistically? I just want relevant games late August, early September. Is that too much to ask as a minimum? You guys are killing me here.
 
2014-01-24 10:38:39 AM

Nadie_AZ: So about that 1st baseman and 3rd baseman issue we keep having ... 'O' isn't gonna get it done. Francisco is a bumbling idiot. For 3rd we have ... who do we have? Anyone who can stay healthy for a month or 2?


I haven't seen a prospect review for the Brewers this offseason, but last offseason their top 10 prospects played: SP, SP, SP, SP, RF, SP, C, RF, CF, 2B.

The only corner infielder even mentioned (in an "organizational depth" kind of way, not a future regular) is Hunter Morris, and his production fell off a cliff in 2013 once he hit AAA.  He has power, but he also had a .310 OBP in the notoriously hitter-friendly PCL.  (League OBP in 2013: .342.)

Soooooooo... I hope you like watching Mark Reynolds.
 
2014-01-24 03:18:12 PM
I probably won't. But I might.
 
2014-01-24 04:50:45 PM
Meanwhile, my Blue Jays seem to have met some guy in a black suit with a neuralizer who's wiped out the entire last season. Anthopoulos appears to be going "We have a great rotation! We have no holes in the lineup! Everything will be ALL RIGHT!" before skipping away into the executive offices whistling 'Don't Worry, Be Happy.'
 
2014-01-24 08:23:14 PM
Five Tails, since my daughter and I are watching Lion King 1.5, Hakuna Matata
 
2014-01-25 01:55:01 AM

roc6783: Heard on sports talk yesterday, so I haven't verified it, that for the salary of Lohse, Garza, and Segura, the Brewers could have paid Greinke. That is the market, which is extremely unfortunate. I really hope Garza does well, and Melvin can get a trade done that gets us something for Gallardo. Possibly a first baseman and/or a third baseman?


They could have offered the money to greinke, that much is true.

but see, a contract needs two parties, and im thinking there is probably a "playing for the brewers without Lohse, Garza and Segura tax" among the games best players.  No one wants to be the only pitcher a team can afford.
 
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