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What is your 2018-2019 Offseason Plan for the Brewers?

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Posted: December 18, 2018, 12:59 PM Post
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wallus said:
Seattle is cutting payroll. Give me the reasoning why they would take on Thames? If the argument is to trade him later, that is a terrible one.


I assume history was just fogging up the prediction some. He was hoping another Seattle GM would do a Adam Lind deal with us. We could use some more lottery tickets that hit a jackpot for us.

Edit: Never mind, it was the same GM. Think DiPoto would do that again?


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Posted: December 20, 2018, 11:19 AM Post
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C: Pina, Kratz
IF: Aguilar, Thames, (stopgap 2B), Shaw, Arcia, Perez
OF: Yelich, Cain, Braun, Santana
SP: Chacin, Anderson, Davies, Burnes, Peralta, Nelson
RP: Hader, Jeffress, Knebel, Woodruff, Claudio, Williams, Houser.

1. Pursue trades that don't involve Hiura/Burnes. One of Woodruff/Peralta plus Corey Ray would be the biggest pieces I'd be comfortable moving.

2. If aforementioned package isn't enough for Realmuto or Grandal is too much money, sign another veteran scrap heap catcher for depth.

3. Figure out the stopgap 2B. Plenty out there.

4. Sign a couple cheap pitchers on one year deals for depth.

5. Unfortunately I don't think the demand is out there for any of the guys many would like to deal (Anderson, Davies, Thames, Domingo, Keon) so they all stay put. Keon is out of options so hopefully he can find an MLB spot somewhere. Thanks Keon.


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Posted: December 20, 2018, 11:51 AM Post
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I think it's mandatory that we get an upgrade at 2b, whether it's Daniel Murphy, Brian Dozier or Asdrubal Cabrera. But we have to find a one or two year stopgap.

Also, I think another obvious thing would be to upgrade our catching position, I love Kratz, but I think it's important to go into the year with a better catching partner for Pina. I'd love to get someone like Realmuto or Grandal but I'm not sure how possible that is. Although it may be more feasible to just find a better backup.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 2:09 PM Post
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MLBtraderumors.com has posted its 3 remaining needs for the Brewers:

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/12/ ... ral-2.html

Here is the Text:


Milwaukee Brewers

Address second base. The keystone was a black hole for an otherwise prodigious lineup last year, with midseason acquisition Jonathan Schoop performing so badly at times that 6’4, 230 pound Travis Shaw was asked to learn the position. With the likely impending departure of 3B Mike Moustakas, Shaw will slide back across the diamond, leaving a gaping hole at second. Top prospect Keston Hiura is on the way, but may still be a year or so off, and the options at hand are, in the interim, woefully insufficient. The club has been connected to free agent Jed Lowrie, but may prefer a short-term stopgap to keep Hiura’s spot warm.

Add a proven arm to the rotation. Milwaukee’s rotation consists, at current, of three number-five starters, three rookies vying for the fourth and fifth spots, and a rehabbing Jimmy Nelson set to make his return at some point early in the season. Ideally, the club would be a perfect fit for a top-end hurler, but seems to have neither the financial nor the prospect capital to make such a deal happen. Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta all had promising debuts last season, but the Crew would do well to somehow slot a proven commodity into the mix.

Find a legitimate backup shortstop. Former top prospect Orlando Arcia’s 2018 season was, to put it mildly, not a good one. The purported defensive wiz was anything but magical on that side of the ball last season, to say nothing of his league-worst 54 wRC+. If he again slumps out of the gate, the club can’t exactly look to Tyler Saladino or Hernan Perez to hold down the fort, especially given its question marks at second. A veteran backup capable of handling the bat against both sides (and, perhaps, handling second-base duties in a pinch as well) would be a perfect fit for the reigning division champs.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 2:45 PM Post
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Chacin has posted an ERA+ of 108 and 116, over 180 and 192 innings respectively, in the last two seasons. Apparently that's a #5 starter.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 3:52 PM Post
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Lathund said:
Chacin has posted an ERA+ of 108 and 116, over 180 and 192 innings respectively, in the last two seasons. Apparently that's a #5 starter.


Yeah. I read that and thought the same thing. He pitched like a #1 or very good #2 in 2019.

MLBtraderumors.com usually produces a better product.

The Brewers could use a TOR pitcher, however, what they have is not garbage:

1. Chacin
2. Nelson
3. Anderson
4. Peralta/Woodruff/Burnes/Guerra/Davies
5. Peralta/Woodruff/Burnes/Guerra/Davies

6. Longman/#6 Starter: Peralta/Woodruff/Burnes/Guerra/Davies

Waiting in the wings: Zack Brown

The only pitcher there that I would classify as a #5 is Davies.


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Posted: December 28, 2018, 5:51 PM Post
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I saw the mlbtr post too and got a chuckle but I understand why someone who doesn’t follow the brewers thinks Chacín, Davies, and Anderson are all #5 type starters. They don’t strike out a lot of hitters so ERA estimators don’t project them to be very good.

It is amazing though that people still have such silowed views of starting pitchers, relief pitchers, and defense. Additionally how undervalued depth is in both projection systems and written narrative.

I’ve come to grips with national publications not understanding what the Brewers do and I’ve decided to no longer let it bother me.


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