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Hello Offseason: Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers, a team who made the playoffs only two years ago, were just bad this year. I mean, no one expected them to be great, but I don’t think people expected them to be this bad. Let’s look over what happened, and how it might improve going forward.

 

The starting pitching has been an issue in Milwaukee since they lost CC Sabathia. They brought up Yoivanni Gallardo a few years ago, and he has turned into their ace. This season he posted an ERA of 3.84. They went out and signed Randy Wolf, who was a bit of a disappointment. His ERA was above 4. Dave Bush had an ERA of 4.54. Chris Narveson, who was acquired by St.Louis a few years ago, had an ERA of 4.99. And Chris Capauno, who posted an Earned Run Average of 3.95. That is not the worst rotation I have ever seen, but it certainly could improve.

Trever Hoffman had a bad year. He started off as the Brewers closer, but his 5.89 ERA booted him out of the role. That’s when they let top prosect John Axford into the spotlight, and he became the every day closer. Axford had an ERA of 2.48 with 24 saves and a WHIP of 1.19.

Now to the rest of the bullpen. Todd Coffey was not as successful as Axford, with an ERA of 4.76. Manny Parra had an ERA of 5.02. Zach Braddock and Kameron Loe each had good years, putting up 2.94 and 2.78, respectively. So I think we could say that for the most part the bullpen was a success in Milwaukee.

We all know the Brewers first baseman. Prince Fielder hit only .261 this season, but he did hit 32 home runs with 83 RBIs. The rest of the infield? Rickie Weeks hit 29 home runs this season, and Casey McGehee 23. McGehee also hit .285 with 104 RBIs. Alcides Escobar did not have the greatest year, hitting .245 with 4 home runs. While Escobar player four different positions, he made 20 errors, all at shortstop.

Corey Hart had a really good year as he heads into free agency. He hit .283 with 31 home runs and 102 RBIs. In left field, Ryan Braun was once again great, hitting .304 with 25 home runs and 103 RBIs. Where it gets real interesting in the Brewers outfield, however, is center field. Carlos Gomez, acquired from Minnesota, started the year in center. But after he struggled to hit .247, the Brewers called up Lorenzo Cain. Cain his .306 with one home run in 43 games, becoming the Brewers starting center fielder. Cain, only 24, is a top prospect of the Brewers, but is expected to be their center fielder going forward.

The Brewers had two catchers after Gregg Zaun got hurt, and both did a pretty good job. Jonathan Lucroy hit .253 in his 75 games, with 4 home runs. George Kottaras hit only .204, but did slam 9 home runs.

What do the Brewers need to do? They might want to sign a starting pitcher, or trade for one. They want to move Mat Gamel, there has not been much room for him with the emergence of McGehee. I think if the Brewers just do that, they might contend.

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4/21 Total Bases

Here is this week’s league leaders in Total Bases :

 

1. Vernon Welss- Toronto- 47

2. Nelson Cruz-Texas- 41

2. Matt Kemp-Los Angeles- 41

4. Jose Gullien-Kansas City- 40

5. Albert Pujols-St.Louis- 39

5. Dustin Pedroia- Boston- 39

7. Alex Gonzalez-Toronto-38

7. Chase Utley-Philadelphia-38

9. Casey McGee-Milwakee-36

10. Jorge Cantu-Florida- 35

 

 

 

Opening Day Predictions

I made my before-Spring Training predictions, here are my Opening Day Season predictions. Plus, check out the player to watch feature which gives you a player to watch on each team during the reaguler season.

 

AL East      Player to watch:

Boston Red Sox   (Jacoby Ellsbury)

New York Yankees  (Marcus Thames)

Tampa Bay Rays  (Ben Zobrist)

Baltimore Orioles  (Nolan Reimold)

Toronto Blue Jays  (Adam Lind)

 

AL Central

Minnesota Twins  (Orlando Hudson)

Chicago White Sox  (Jake Peavy)

Kansas City Royals  (Rick Ankeil)

Detroit Tigers  (Austin Jackson)

Cleveland Indians  (Micheal Brantly)

 

AL West

Seattle Mariners  (Chone Figgins)

Anaheim Angels  (Kendry Morales)

Texas Rangers  (Neftali Feliz)

Oakland Athletics  (Brett Anderson)

 

NL East

Philadelphia Phillies  (Jayson Werth)

Atlanta Braves  (Jason Heyward)

Florida Marlins  (Mike Stanton)

Washington Nationals  (Nyjer Morgan)

New York Mets  (Kiko Calero)

 

NL Central

St.Louis Cardinals (Colby Rasmus)

Chicago Cubs  (Randy Wells)

Cincinatti Reds  (Aroldis Chapman)

Milwakee Brewers  (Alcades Escobar)

Houston Astros  (Hunter Pence)

Pittsburgh Pirates  (Garrett Jones)

 

NL West

Colorado Rockies  (Jason Hammel)

Los Angeles Dodgers  (Clayton Kershaw)

San Fransisco Giants  (Madison Bumgarner)

Arizona D-backs  (Justin Upton)

San Diego Padres  (Clayton Richard)

 

AL MVP

1.  Evan Longoria

2. Joe Mauer

3. Kendry Morales

NL MVP

1. Albert Pujols

2. Chase Utley

3. Ryan Braun

AL Cy Young

1. Jon Lester

2. Cliff Lee

3. Zack Greinke

NL Cy Young

1. Roy Halladay

2. Chris Carpenter

3. Tim Lincecum

AL ROY

1. Brain Matusz

2. Austin Jackson

3. Desmond Jennings

NL ROY

1. Jason Heyward

2. Mike Stanton

3. Madison Bumgarner

AL MOY

1. Don Wakamtsu

2. Ron Gardenhire

3. Joe Maddon

NL MOY

1. Bobby Cox

2. Tony LaRusa

3. Freddi Gonzalez

AL Comeback Player

Andruw Jones

NL Comeback Player

Manny Rameriz

 

Wild Cards:

Yankees

Braves

 

Those are my predicitions. My Internationl League predictions will be sometime next week.

Winter Meetings

As most of you probally know, the Winter Meetings in Indianappolis begin on Monday. Most of the time little to noting happens, but you never know. Here is a list of what you may see happen this week.

  • Jason Bay’s destanation: I feel that Jason Bay may sign this week, possibly with Boston, Anaheim, or Seattle. I feel the Red Sox LF problem will be resolved, whether that be from Jason Bay or a possible platoon with Jeremy Hermida and Xavier Nady. I feel Bay’s chance of signing with Seattle has dimmed with their siging of Chone Figgins. Look out for the Cubs as a sleeper here as well.
  • Trades? Some players that may be used as a trade chip: Manny Delcarmen, Casey Kotchman, Gary Matthews Jr, Matt Capps, Fransisco Cordero, Heath Bell, Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Josh Willingham. The Mets are in on Willingham, the Marlins with Bell and Delcarmen, and you all know the Rays-Bradley rumor by now.
  •  Spenders Revealed: This week the major free agent spenders may be revealed. I can see Seattle, Boston, Both New York teams, Baltimore, and Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are looking for a closer, and their name has been conected to Mike Gonzlaez, matt Capps, and Matt Lindstrom. Baltimore is belived to be a serious contender for John Lackey, and Jason Marquis is interested in the Mets, though it is unknown if the Mets are interested in him.
  • Recent Trades and Signings: Some recent trades and sigings that mey affect other deals: The Rays aquired C Kelly Shoppach, Greg Zaun signed with the Brewers, The Braves signed Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, The Athletics traded for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles, The Rangers aquired Joe Inglett off waivers, and the Red Sox signed Marco Scutaro.

MLB Free Agent Signings: Starting Pitchers

Here is a list of every MLB free agent signing to this point. You can also see this list at Soxtime.com. I will update this with every signing.

Name:                        Position         Old Team        Rumored teams:          Signed with:         $:

Erik Bedard              SP               Seattle        Boston, Baltimore

Paul Byrd                  SP               Boston        None 

Aroldis Chapman   SP               Cuba            Boston, NYY   

Jose Contreas       SP              Colorado      Colorado

Doug Davis              SP              Arizona         Milwakee

Justin Duchscher  SP             Oakland         Oakland, Boston, CHC

Kelvim Escobar      SP             Anaheim        Boston

Jon Garland            SP             Los Angeles  Baltimore, Anaheim

Mike Hampton       SP             Houston           Atlanta

Rich Harden           SP             CHC                  Boston, Seattle

Livan Herndandez SP            Washington    Washington

Randy Johnson      SP          San Fransisco   None

John Lackey         SP            Anaheim            Boston, Texas, Baltimore, Anaheim

Brandon Looper  SP           Milwakee            Milwakee

Jason Marquis     SP          Colorado             NYM

Pedro Martinez    SP          Philadelphia       Philadelphia

Brett Myers          SP          Philadelphia       NYY, Boston

Vincente Padilla   SP         Los Angeles      Houston

Carl Pavano          SP         Minnesota          Minnesota

Brad Penny          SP         San Fransisco    San Fransisco

Andy Pettitte       SP          NYY                      NYY

Joel Pinero          SP        St. Louis               St.Louis, Boston, Seattle

Ben Sheets          SP       Milwakee              Boston, NYY, Texas

John Smoltz        SP       St.Louis                St.Loius, Texas

Jarrod Washburn SP     Detroit                   Seattle

Todd Wellemeyer SP   St.Louis                 None

Randy Wolf              SP  Los Angeles        LA, Texas, Atlanta

 

 

 

Type A’s and B;s

Here is all the type A and B players, who can be offered Arbitration today.

Type As: Bengie Molina SFG  Billy Wagner  BOS  Chone Figgins LAA  Darren Oliver LAA  Jason Bay BOS Jermaine Dye CWS  John Lackey LAA  Johnny Damon NYY  Jose Valverade HOU  Kevin Gregg CHC  LaTroy Hawkins HOU  Marco Scutaro TOR  Randy Wolf LAD  Matt Holliday STL  Miguel Tejada HOU  Mike Gonzalez ATL  Octavio Dotel CWS  Orlando Cabrera MIN  Orlando Hudson LAD  Placido Polonco DET  Rafeal Betancourt COL  Rafeal Soriano ATL 

Type Bs: Adam LaRouche PIT  Adrian Beltre SEA  Andy Pettitte NYY  Bob Howry SFG  Brandon Looper MIL  Brandon Lyon DET  Brain Giles SDP  Brain Shouse TBR  Carl Pavano MIN  Carlos Delgado NYM  Chan Ho Park PHI  David Weathers MIL  Doug Brocail  HOU  Doug Davis ARI  Erik Bedard SEA  Felipe Lopez  MIL  Fernando Rodney DET  Fernando Tatis NYM  Garret Anderson ATL  Greg Zaun TBR  Ivan Rodriguez TEX  Jason Kendell MIL  Jason Marquis COL  Joe Beimial COL  Joel Pinero STL  Jon Garland LAD  Justin Duchester OAK  Mark DeRosa STL  Marlon Byrd TEX  MFelvin Mora BAL  Miguel Olivo KCR  Mike Cameron SEA  Nick Johnson FLA  Randy Johnson  SFG  Randy Winn SFG  RIch Harden CHC Rod Barjas TOR  Ronnie Belliard LAD  Russ Springer TBR  Scott Eyre PHI  Tory Glaus STL  Vincente Padilla LAD  Vladimir Gurerro LAA  Xavier Nady NYY  Yorvit Torrealba COL

MLB Off-Season Moves

Here is every off-season transaction so far. I will update this for every transaction.

Red Sox

Traded Hunter Jones and Jose Alverez for Jeremy Hermida

Declined Alex Gonzalez’s option

Re-signed Tim Wakefield

Picked up Victor Martinez’s option

Declined Jason Varitek’s option

Signed Marco Scutaro

Rays

Re-signed Gabe Kapler

Traded Akonori Iwamora for Jessse Chavez

Picked up Carl Crawford’s option

Declined Gregg Zaun’s option

Declined Brian Shouse’s option

Traded for Kelly Shoppach

Athletics

Aquired Jake Fox and Aaron Miles

Angels

Re-signed Bobby Abreu

Astros

Re-signed Geoff Blum

Declined Doug Brocial’s option

Blue Jays

Claimed Jarret Hoffpauer off waivers

Claimed Sean Henn off waivers

Lost Joe Inglett to waivers

Signed Alex Gonzalez

Brewers

Traded JJ Hardy for Carlos Gomez

Signed Greg Zaun

Braves

Signed Scott Procter

Extended Tim Hudson

Signed Billy Wagner

Signed Takashi Saito

Diamondbacks

Picked up Brandon Webb’s option

Declined Chad Tracey’s option

Dodgers

Declined Jon Garland’s option

Manny Rameriz picks up his player option

Giants

Re-signed Freddy Sanchez

Mariners

Claimed Yusmiero Petitt off waivers

Extended Jack Wilson

Signed Chone Figgins

Marlins

Traded Jeremy Hermida for Hunter Jones and Jose Alverez

Declined option on Ross Gload

Mets

Declined JJ Putz’s option

Nationals

Claimed Doug Slaton off waivers

Declined option on Austin Kearns

Phillies

Picked up Cliff Lee’s option

Decline Pedro Feliz’s option

Signed Placido Polonco

Pirates

Traded Jesse Chavez for Akonori Iwamora

Rangers

Released Jason Grilli

Claimed Joe Inglett off waivers

Rockies

Re-signed Matt Belise and Randy Flores

Decline option on Yorvitt Torrealba

Decline option on Alan Embree

Royals

Traded Mark Teahen for Chris Getz and Josh Fields

Twins

Traded Carlos Gomez for JJ Hardy

Picked up Micheal Cuddeyer’s option

White Sox

Traded Chris Getz and Josh Feilds for Mark Teahen

Declined Jermaine Dye’s option

Re-sgned Mark Kotsay