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Posted: January 11, 2019, 11:02 AM Post
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Joey Meyer Bombs said:
mlloyd10 said:
Would anyone be surprised if we signed Asdrúbal Cabrera to a cheap 1yr 5 mil deal


Yes I would. Stearns values defense, and Cabrera is bad wherever you put him. Shaw is a better option defensively at 2B.


Yeah, but if we move Shaw to 2nd, they most likely will resign Moose and he will cost more than $5 mil


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 11:11 AM Post
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yoshii8 said:
Now that Lowrie and Dozier are off the board, I'm all aboard the Marwin Gonzalez train. He just seems like the perfect fit on this roster. Even if we bring up Hiura in June, we will still be able to get him tons of AB's.

I would bet that Counsell is advocating for him, he is a weapon that could put our lineup over the top.

If the Brewers can't afford LeMahieu I doubt they can afford Gonzalez.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 11:21 AM Post
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I'm really interested to see what happens here. Stearns has a pretty fair (short) history of getting pretty significant upgrades. I know it won't take much to actually have an upgrade over last season but I dont see him acquiring somebody that would qualify as a potential upgrade. I feel like if he's going to get somebody it'll be worth the effort.


He's already acquired significant upgrade from last year's production at 2B in the form of Spangenberg even if he just lets him play everyday and against lefties at that position. It's not a glitzy acquisition, but then again Chacin wasn't last offseason either.

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I agree with all that. I guess I'm referring to some reports that claim the Brewers are still in pursuit of an infield upgrade. I don't see Harrison, Panik, or some of the other names being referenced as sure fire upgrades to what we already have. I think, despite the supposed financial constraints, it'll be a clear upgrade like Marwin, LeMahieu, or Moose. Maybe even a trade for somebody.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 11:42 AM Post
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I’d be fine with what they have (assuming Hiura is an early call up).


What if Hiura struggles to adjust to MLB hitting? What if he doesn't hit well enough in AAA in April/May to justify a call-up?

We're still pinning a LOT of hopes on a rookie that may not be ready to be thrust into the middle of a playoff race.


Ya I just don’t agree.

It always made the most sense to try to spend on upgrading catcher because there isn’t a highly regarded prospect or young player at the position, but due to positional scarcity second base looked like the easier position to upgrade because of all the free agent options.

Now that they were able to upgrade at catcher we can reevaluate our thinking on second base. The brewers have followed a similar plan for Hader and Burnes in recent years (Not exactly apples to apples comparison, but you get the idea of how they’ve treated top prospects in recent seasons).

The brewers don’t even need Hiura to come up and be even a league average hitter. They can probably live with a ~80 wrc+ from him.

The brewers may still sign someone, but it’s probably someone with a history of positional versatility. I would bet if they do sign someone it’s gling to be for less than $5mm for one year since they spent big on a catcher.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 11:48 AM Post
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Spangerberg has a lower career OPS vs. RHP than Brad Miller, who didn't work out here and is still looking for work. I'm not sure he's a big upgrade even as a platoon guy.

Now maybe we see something and maybe he'll be more, it could happen. But personally I'd rather not count on him as more than a bench guy.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 12:02 PM Post
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I really hope we aren't relying on Cory Spangenberg to be our answer at 2b. With LaMahieu joining the Yankees, I really hope Marwin is our answer, if not him than I'm ok with Neil Walker.

Either way, I believe that DS will come up with a solution.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 12:24 PM Post
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Ya I just don’t agree.

It always made the most sense to try to spend on upgrading catcher because there isn’t a highly regarded prospect or young player at the position, but due to positional scarcity second base looked like the easier position to upgrade because of all the free agent options.

Now that they were able to upgrade at catcher we can reevaluate our thinking on second base. The brewers have followed a similar plan for Hader and Burnes in recent years (Not exactly apples to apples comparison, but you get the idea of how they’ve treated top prospects in recent seasons).

The brewers don’t even need Hiura to come up and be even a league average hitter. They can probably live with a ~80 wrc+ from him.

The brewers may still sign someone, but it’s probably someone with a history of positional versatility. I would bet if they do sign someone it’s gling to be for less than $5mm for one year since they spent big on a catcher.

This is the best post I've seen on this yet. There is just no reason to spend money on a temporary piece. Even if Hiura struggles, second just isn't that difficult to upgrade in season should they need to.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 12:25 PM Post
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With the recent signing of Grandal, the current Brewers' 40 man is just about filled up - gotta think any more FA or trade additions that would be destined for the Opening Day 25 man will need to have a corresponding trade to open up space on the roster. There are some names on the 40 man that aren't necessarily dead weight, but they'd hurt to lose for nothing in return. Keep in mind guys like Ray are not on the 40 man, so a trade including Ray doesn't create a spot on the roster for the acquired player.

They've got 4 guys on the 40 man who could play 2nd, 5 if you count Shaw and 6 if you include Arcia...That's without Hiura currently being on that roster. I think the 2019 2B answer has a good likelihood of being a bunch of guys plugged into situations where they have favorable matchups as the season wears on.

Marwin or Harrison do make alot of sense, too - but the money has to be right.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 1:01 PM Post
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mlloyd10 said:
Would anyone be surprised if we signed Asdrúbal Cabrera to a cheap 1yr 5 mil deal

Not at all. I think Stearns is looking for value. Cabrera isn't a good defensive player, but his bat plays well at 2B.

I think Stearns will get the guy that provides the most value. Guessing that Gonzalez is too expensive, Cabrera and Harrison are the two main names left. Derek Dietrich is another option.

If money is really tight, we could go deeper into the bargain bin as well - Walker, Solarte, Forsythe.

My guess at this time is Harrison, but that's just a guess. I think he'll get 3-5M.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 1:11 PM Post
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I'd guess Harrison on a cheap one year deal too.

However, maybe that we're seeing all these guys taking 2/20ish deals then Marwin isn't seeing the Zobrist type contract he hoped and is more affordable than previously though. Granted he's younger and better on D but he did hit badly last year. Maybe he'd take a 1 year flyer to prove himself and try again next year.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 1:14 PM Post
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This is the best post I've seen on this yet. There is just no reason to spend money on a temporary piece. Even if Hiura struggles, second just isn't that difficult to upgrade in season should they need to.


But why put yourself into a position to give up prospect capital in that situation when there are a number of currently available options that only cost money? Can't a short-term 2B FA signing be useful to the team as a bench bat if Hiura does work out?


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I think Marwin will be out of our price range, personally.

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Posted: January 11, 2019, 1:46 PM Post
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I think Cory/Perez should be the default setting. I think they do add one of Marwin, Harrison, Cabrera. All of them have pretty similar numbers against both lefties and righties so you don't have to play matchups with them like you do Cory/Perez. Marwin would get a multi-year no doubt but Harrison/Cabrera are 1yr and sub-5M most likely. Even if Marwin gets 9M annually by us trading Perez and Thames that clears 8.7M for 2019 so still allows for a rotation addition and Perez is easily expendable if Marwin is here plus Dubon is in the wings too. Both are big upgrades over him. Grandal off books in 2020, Braun off 2021....this is why I don't believe Marwin is out of the price range. Lot of moving pieces but it's feasible


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 1:48 PM Post
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I'm intrigued by Wilmer Flores. He's young, doesn't strike out much, versatile, crushes lefties and won't cost much.

He would also fit nicely as Shaws platoon partner if Keston tears the cover off the ball.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 2:03 PM Post
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long ball said:
PeaveyFury said:
long ball said:
I’d be fine with what they have (assuming Hiura is an early call up).


What if Hiura struggles to adjust to MLB hitting? What if he doesn't hit well enough in AAA in April/May to justify a call-up?

We're still pinning a LOT of hopes on a rookie that may not be ready to be thrust into the middle of a playoff race.


Ya I just don’t agree.

It always made the most sense to try to spend on upgrading catcher because there isn’t a highly regarded prospect or young player at the position, but due to positional scarcity second base looked like the easier position to upgrade because of all the free agent options.

Now that they were able to upgrade at catcher we can reevaluate our thinking on second base. The brewers have followed a similar plan for Hader and Burnes in recent years (Not exactly apples to apples comparison, but you get the idea of how they’ve treated top prospects in recent seasons).

The brewers don’t even need Hiura to come up and be even a league average hitter. They can probably live with a ~80 wrc+ from him.

The brewers may still sign someone, but it’s probably someone with a history of positional versatility. I would bet if they do sign someone it’s gling to be for less than $5mm for one year since they spent big on a catcher.

If Hiura is a potentially elite hitter, you do what's best for his long-term development with NO pressure to perform at the MLB level. You don't throw him into a pennant race or prolonged MLB stint if it stands to be detrimental.

In other words, you don't count on him for 2019 at all. If he forces himself into the picture, then that's a great position for the Brewers to be in.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 2:33 PM Post
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I'm intrigued by Wilmer Flores. He's young, doesn't strike out much, versatile, crushes lefties and won't cost much.

He would also fit nicely as Shaws platoon partner if Keston tears the cover off the ball.


Eh, he doesn't crush lefties. At least he didn't in 2018. He posted just a .610 OPS against LHP last year. Perez on the other hand is coming off his best year facing LHP, hitting .277/.304/.479 in 125 PA last year against lefties.

I just don't get the "anybody but Perez" thinking. Perez is a good heads up player. He might hit better playing primarily one position but he's a respectable .263 hitter with a .404 slugging percentage in a Brewer uniform. With the potential impact guys off the market, I'm fine with Perez with occasional starts by Spangenberg as the alternative until Hiura.


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Wholeheartedly agreed, Briggs. It likely gives the most value per dollar.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 3:41 PM Post
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MNBrew said:
long ball said:
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What if Hiura struggles to adjust to MLB hitting? What if he doesn't hit well enough in AAA in April/May to justify a call-up?

We're still pinning a LOT of hopes on a rookie that may not be ready to be thrust into the middle of a playoff race.


Ya I just don’t agree.

It always made the most sense to try to spend on upgrading catcher because there isn’t a highly regarded prospect or young player at the position, but due to positional scarcity second base looked like the easier position to upgrade because of all the free agent options.

Now that they were able to upgrade at catcher we can reevaluate our thinking on second base. The brewers have followed a similar plan for Hader and Burnes in recent years (Not exactly apples to apples comparison, but you get the idea of how they’ve treated top prospects in recent seasons).

The brewers don’t even need Hiura to come up and be even a league average hitter. They can probably live with a ~80 wrc+ from him.

The brewers may still sign someone, but it’s probably someone with a history of positional versatility. I would bet if they do sign someone it’s gling to be for less than $5mm for one year since they spent big on a catcher.

If Hiura is a potentially elite hitter, you do what's best for his long-term development with NO pressure to perform at the MLB level. You don't throw him into a pennant race or prolonged MLB stint if it stands to be detrimental.

In other words, you don't count on him for 2019 at all. If he forces himself into the picture, then that's a great position for the Brewers to be in.

*No pressure* doesn't exist when you're on a WS caliber team and this team is built to for that 2019-2021. Every player is different intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, etc. You don't treat them all in the same manner. Hiura is an intelligent and poised individual with a very professional approach. No stage is too big for him.

And Hiura being called up won't have anything to do with his slash line. It'll be how good are his PAs - how well and consistent is his contact - how is he performing in the field.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 3:49 PM Post
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Bnowell4evr said:
I'm intrigued by Wilmer Flores. He's young, doesn't strike out much, versatile, crushes lefties and won't cost much.

He would also fit nicely as Shaws platoon partner if Keston tears the cover off the ball.


Eh, he doesn't crush lefties. At least he didn't in 2018. He posted just a .610 OPS against LHP last year. Perez on the other hand is coming off his best year facing LHP, hitting .277/.304/.479 in 125 PA last year against lefties.

I just don't get the "anybody but Perez" thinking. Perez is a good heads up player. He might hit better playing primarily one position but he's a respectable .263 hitter with a .404 slugging percentage in a Brewer uniform. With the potential impact guys off the market, I'm fine with Perez with occasional starts by Spangenberg as the alternative until Hiura.


I wouldn't say I'm in the any but but Perez camp. I generally like him as the 25th man, I like that he can put a charge in a ball at anytime. However, going into the year with him needing to play as large of a role as currently pegged seems much to me. I'd really like someone less K prone and who can take a walk. That said, most of these options don't upgrade all that much but adding one more guy slightly above him might put him more in the role he should be in. And would allow for more platoon work with Shaw and more insurance if Jesus falters to play Shaw at 1B and if someone gets hurt to not need Perez everyday. After all these guys got signed though IDK. Maybe Walker is the best they can do if they move Thames, it would create more positional flex.


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Posted: January 11, 2019, 3:52 PM Post
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I sticking to my belief that the crew will be going with a platoon at 2nd base.


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