November 19, 2018 at 7:01 pm #74637
Seems like a good time to start this thread. Despite their 2018 success, the Brewers have undertaken major changes to their coaching staff for 2019.
Brewers complete their coaching staff with hitting coach Andy Haines, pitching coach Chris Hook and bullpen coach Steve Karsay. Jason Lane will return as asst. hitting coach.
Haines comes from the Cubs, as previously reported. Hook is a longtime Brewers Minor League coach.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) November 19, 2018December 9, 2018 at 8:22 am #76633December 9, 2018 at 9:04 am #76645
“Until you feel like you have the best player in baseball at every position, you have an opportunity to improve. We have a number of high-end players but we know we can get better.”
That has been my complaint about the Cardinals front office the past few years, they seemed to be trying to “make do” and weather the storm rather than trying to upgrade the team.
This year is the first year in awhile it looks like the Cardinals are trying to upgrade the team.December 9, 2018 at 9:24 am #76647
2016 are you basing that on one 3for1 trade?December 9, 2018 at 9:34 am #76649
I am basing it on the belief they are still after a left-handed hitter and at least one reliever, and we pretty much know JMart is going to be traded.December 9, 2018 at 10:01 am #76653
You mean the Cards were not trying to upgrade the team last winter when they were prepared to take on Stanton and his $250 million contract? When they found the pitcher who became the best free agent pitching signee of the year across all of MLB? C’mon now.
By the way, despite all the talk at the time how the Cubs were all over Mikolas, this report from Heyman earlier says the Brewers came in second.December 9, 2018 at 11:00 am #76675
I don’t believe the Cardinals were really trying to win Stanton.
Their arguments for him joining here were tradition, low cost of living and less traffic than other cities. Come on.December 9, 2018 at 11:12 am #76676
Don’t forget that St Louis only has MLB and NHL. No NFL and NBA players to compete with for local media coverage and merchandising. If you are desperate for arguments this one can be thrown in?!December 9, 2018 at 11:12 am #76677
This discussion is silly. So they engineered a huge trade just for window-dressing? They really did not want him?
I would love to have heard your pitch to Stanton, because I would give 1000-to-1 odds that it would not have swayed him, either. With everything considered, he did not want to play there. Yet, you give the team no credit for trying to convince him. None of us know what was actually said around the table when the two parties sat down to talk.
You are entitled to your opinion, but I think it is way off base.December 9, 2018 at 11:20 am #76679
I’m in on the window-dressing theory. I think that they were willing $$ to take on Stanton jr. all along.December 9, 2018 at 11:31 am #76680
It is amazing the lengths the team went to simply to try to convince you skeptics they were trying. But you guys saw through the elaborate ruse. Congratulations. Time to move on.December 9, 2018 at 11:45 am #76681
Oh Brian, my pitch to Stanton was all over the Stanton thread. You can go back and read it if you like.
Funny how DeWitt had gone on record at the time the Stanton rumors first started and said deals like that almost never work out.December 10, 2018 at 4:53 pm #76885
The Brewers beat writer for the local paper is having a frustrating afternoon on Twitter trying to educate fans why the team has financial constraints.December 10, 2018 at 7:55 pm #76899
They are known to be shopping Thames (who either could be flipped to Tampa or take Encarnacion’s role as DH if Cleveland can trade him). They are also shopping Domingo Santana, who I believe is out of options.
Not hard to see the Brewers landing Kluber if LA doesn’t give up Verdugo + pitchingDecember 10, 2018 at 9:07 pm #76909December 11, 2018 at 5:03 am #76932CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
Murphy sèems like a Brewers kind of signing. And they often work out well for them.December 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm #77079
#Brewers GM David Stearns said his team has grown to the point where agents have told him their FA players have directed them to reach out to the team: "It means that the culture we've created and Craig and his staff have instilled in our clubhouse is a positive one."
— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 12, 2018December 12, 2018 at 11:32 pm #77297December 12, 2018 at 11:34 pm #77298December 13, 2018 at 7:02 pm #77429December 18, 2018 at 8:35 pm #77932December 20, 2018 at 9:38 pm #78088December 21, 2018 at 6:32 pm #78221December 27, 2018 at 7:42 am #78616
They signed Spangenberg to keep second base warm for this guy. Hiura was the MVP of the AFL. Should be up later in the year and may be around for a long time.
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) December 27, 2018December 28, 2018 at 9:12 am #78743
Gray is an interesting bounce-back candidate. I’d rather see him there than Kluber.
The #Brewers have been interested in Gray since last season's trade deadline. Apparently still interested despite loss of pitching coach Derek Johnson, who had Gray at Vanderbilt. https://t.co/zXFzb8tWfd
— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 28, 2018
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