Tag:Milwaukee Brewers
Posted on: November 30, 2008 1:17 pm

Fix this Team: Milwaukee Brewers

First off i think the Brewers best chances to win the WS are 2-3 years down the line based on the fact that we will no longer have Suppan so is rediculos contract will be off the books, but i guess at least he is an ok pitcher for now and we still could win it this year or next maybe. And more contracts like Cameron and so on will be gone so we can make a decent push in FA in the upcoming years and we can also lock up Hart and maybe Fielder. Now on to this offseason-

I will start with the biggest issue, the Bullpen, i like Mike Lincoln, he has a good stuff and can be signed cheaply maybe 2 years 2.5 million each year, with a 3rd year option of 3.5 million, plus no compensation needed. Re-sign Shouse, him and Lincoln would be a nice 6-7th inning punch and possibly 8th inning, give Shouse a similar contract to Lincoln. Now with Mota give him an incentives contact with a 2nd and 3rd year option, start him off with light work, if were up big or down by 3-4 runs, if he excels give him more important work. Now the biggest problems, set up and closer. For set up man go after Arthur Rhodes, he always does a nice job in any bullpen and will come cheap 1 year 4 million and is only type b compensation so we lose our 2nd rounder and most of our picks will be restocked by departures. I think our closer will come via trade and i would hope it be Huston Street, no he's not spectacular but he is consistent, and thats what the Brewers need from the Closer, no more Turnbow's or Gagne's!!! I think Street would be easy to get considering the Rockies seem to be re-stocking/re-building a bit so we will give them Mark Rogers and Jonathan Lucroy, two decent prospects that are blocked. Also we are getting a 2nd rounder and supplemental for Gagne leaving! Bullpen solved.

  • RP- Guillermo Mota
  • RP- Mike Lincoln
  • RP- Brian Shouse
  • RP- Mitch Stetter
  • RP- David Riske
  • LR- Capuano (maybe starter idk)
  • SU- Arthur Rhodes
  • CL- Huston Street

That is one hell of a bullpen

Now the Starting rotation, first off sadly,  Sabathia is ovbiously gone, it sucks, but at least we get a Yankee first rounder because it is not protected, Next Sheets is probably gone, personally i hope he leaves and hope he signs with the Mets for there first rounder. What we do have is a possible ace in Gallardo, a talented but inconsistent Manny Parra, Seth McClung(i personnaly think he is undervalued), Maybe Cappy, Dave Bush and Villanueva. Now what we should do, Make Gallardo the ace, yes i said it, many scouting services have hailed his talent including BP and i am a huge believer in him, yes this could make or break are season but i think there's only a 20% chance of this failing. Next the very important number two spot, sign Brad Penny to a 3 year 30 million dollar contract, he is very underrated and has been under the radar so far this offseason and he is only type B! I think he could easily average about 13-15 wins a season with a 3.8-3.9 ERA in each. Now the number 3 spot, Manny Parra, he no doubt has the talent but can he succeed, yes i think he can do decent, i would project about 13 wins and 10 losses with an ERA around 4, thats pretty decent for a 3 starter. 4 starter Suppan, in all honesty his record just has to be at or above .500 and an ERA below 4.8 and he fills this roll solidly. 5 starter McClung or Bush, i think Villanueva and more could be nice trade bait for a 3rd basemen,  I like McClung as the 5 because he has a decent arsenal of pitches and ok control. And Bush is shaky. Nice spot starter though. In the End

Now the Batting order and bench. Our biggest need is oviously 3B because Hall sucks and Gamel cant field, and i think we should make a deal with the Mariners to get Adrian Beltre, have them eat some salary, but give them Villanueva and Taylor Green and i think we could pry him away. He is also only under contract for 1 more year so we can give Gamel the job the year after because we will have him play 2/3 this season in the minors to improve his D at 3rd. Now on to 2nd base pretty easy to solve, Re-sign Ray Durham to a one year deal for about 5 million he is consistent and much better than Rickie Weeks. Now catcher, play Angel Salome in spring training and if he holds his own start him off in the majors, split time between him and Kendall than give Salome the starting job the next year. Now to Alcides Escobar, give him a utility role filling in at 2nd 3rd or SS when needed. Next try to lock up Prince Fielder but do not go over 6 years 85 million, now Hart. resign him next offseason once a couple contracts are off the books. Give Tony Gwynn Jr. The 4th outfielder job.

  • 1. LF Corey Hart
  • 2. SS JJ Hardy
  • 3. RF Ryan Braun
  • 4. 1B Prince Fielder
  • 5. 3B Adrian Beltre
  • 6. CF Mike Cameron
  • 7. 2B Ray Durham, play Weeks some to improve his trade value than trade him
  • 8. C Jason Kendall
  • Pitcher


  • OF Tony Gwynn Jr.
  • 3B, 2B, SS Alcides Escobar
  • C Angel Salome
  • Utility Bill Hall(its the only role we could get value out of him)

This is a very good team, that could win 92+ games and make the playoffs, if Fielder had a bounce back year itd have a shot at the world series. Plus much of our minors stays intact and we'd have a ton of draft picks.

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