January 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm #79297
Seems to be a lot of unrest about the Brewers winter to date, even being noted on the national level. Cardinals being referenced as one of the teams passing them. Some forget that last winter, the Brewers did a great job of bargain shopping later in the off-season. They may do that again.
I hope that the @Brewers FO and the 5 Brewers fans that listen to @MLBNetworkRadio were listening to @CaseyStern about 10 minutes ago. You are being passed up by others. Need to do more. Coming back with the same team will not get you the same results.
— Craig Lopacinski (@CraigatNeptune) January 4, 2019January 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm #79316
The analytical experts always underestimate the Brewers. Fangraphs actually has the Brewers 5th in the division. Give me a break.January 5, 2019 at 2:08 pm #79317
While I don’t think they’re a last place team, they have gotten by on a lot of smoke and mirrors the last couple years. You can’t depend on MVP performances from good but not great players and an incredible bullpen forever. I suspect they’re more 85 wins than 90+ this year.January 5, 2019 at 4:09 pm #79321January 5, 2019 at 4:57 pm #79323
Decent return for their 5th-7th outfielder with no options remaining.January 7, 2019 at 8:37 am #79405January 7, 2019 at 4:20 pm #79450
Well I hate that Bumgarner news, Brian. While you’re at it, why don’t you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it?
For me this would make the Brewers slight favorites to repeat as division winners, pending any additional Cards/Cubs activity. Milwaukee has decisively out-Cardinaled the Cardinals over the past 2-3 years, and this would seem to be yet another example in the offing. Shrewd and opportunistic, and upgrading where they need it most. (Unilke the Cards who have made one solitary move to improve the 2nd-worst bullpen in the National League. Sigh.)
The Birds should be targeting Bumgarner themselves now that Kikuchi is off the board. Unless of course they believe — after all that’s happened over the past 3-4 years — that Adam Wainwright should be a starting pitcher on a championship contender. In which case they should have their collective heads examined.January 7, 2019 at 4:33 pm #79452
Bob, if you want more, please scroll down to the Wainwright thread. He has explained his problem last year, which of course is taken care of now.January 7, 2019 at 11:18 pm #79466
Bob, if you want more, please scroll down to the Wainwright thread. He has explained his problem last year, which of course is taken care of now.
I spoke to my doctor and he says I suffer from Wainwright Explanation Saturation. It’s a mostly harmless condition, but the doc advises me to avoid psychoactive drugs and Wainwright quotes — they’re bad for both brain and ticker.January 8, 2019 at 5:45 am #79469
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WES (Wainwright Explanation Saturation to the layman) is certainly nothing to take lightly. Godspeed to you, Bobby…….Godspeed.January 9, 2019 at 10:25 pm #79613
The #Brewers in a stunner sign Yasmani Grandal to only a one year contract
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 10, 2019
Grandal turned down 4-year deal in excess of $50 million from the #Mets earlier this winter
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 10, 2019
Yasmani Grandal gets just over qualifying offer at $18.25 million, per @TBrownYahoo
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 10, 2019January 10, 2019 at 3:18 am #79616
Wow. If you include the surplus value of a 3rd round draft pick, it works out to be more like $20M for one year. These are not your father’s Brewers.
Grandal’s thinking, I guess, is that he goes to Wisconsin, eats a variety of delicious cheeses*, has a good season, and during next winter’s free agency he doesn’t have a Qualifying Offer draft pick penalty to contend with.
Milwaukee is now a tri-favorite for the division, in my mind. Strong division, the Central. It won’t be 2015 redux or anything, but I could see the Cards, cubs, and Brew Crew each winning 91-93 games.
I only hope this motivates the Cards to make at least one more substantive upgrade to their team — preferably the bullpen. Have I mentioned that I think they should upgrade the bullpen?
*If the shoppe carries his brand.
January 10, 2019 at 7:18 am #79617
Very good signing for MilJanuary 10, 2019 at 7:32 am #79618
Yes, a good signing, but not a division-changer, IMO. We saw the problems with Grandal’s defense in the playoffs, bad enough the Dodgers did not play him for a while and Milwaukee’s pitching is still a question. If they add Bumgarner without giving up a lot, however…January 10, 2019 at 9:21 am #79637
Mil collects LHB’s like i collect coins, with a passion.January 10, 2019 at 12:04 pm #79657
Grandal is a nice addition for them. Arcia and Perez had decent 2017 seasons, only to regress in 2018. They are pencilled in as the starting 2B & SS. With those two, you can’t also have Manny Pina as the catcher because the bottom half of the lineup would be severly below-average. Grandal out-hit Travis Shaw last year so he’s a big upgrade with the stick and makes their lineup 6-deep.
I don’t see the Brewers having the pitching issues that others see. Chacin, Anderson, and Guerra all provided adequate innings. Davies and Nelson were elite in 2017 and Peralta provides some upside. Woodruff is solid too.
That’s middle-of-the-road in the NL and with the elite offense and bullpen….not bad.January 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm #79659
For my money, the Cards will have better starting pitching, offense and defense than Milwaukee in 2019. The one plus for the Brewers is the bullpen, which can be volatile year to year.
Offense: 1. Chicago 2. St Louis 3. Milwaukee
Starting Pitching: 1. St Louis 2. Chicago 3. Milwaukee
Bullpen: 1. Milwaukee 2. Chicago 3. St Louis
Defense: 1. Chicago 2. St Louis 3. Milwaukee
Overall: 1. Chicago 1A. St Louis 3. Milwaukee
JMOJanuary 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm #79665
The Cubs starting five rotation looks to be rather good but with little depth. Once again they are an injury or two away from having a real problem there especially considering their supposed financial inflexibility.
As for the Brewers I think people underestimate them at their own peril. I think that has been proven before.January 10, 2019 at 3:43 pm #79670
The Milwaukee Brewers did their best work last January, and they’re following the same pattern this year. First came yesterday’s surprise signing of catcher Yasmani Grandal, and now the Brewers are in heavy pursuit of an infielder to play second or third base, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2019January 11, 2019 at 8:36 am #79787January 11, 2019 at 10:18 am #79805
This is such a fantastically written article.January 23, 2019 at 2:25 pm #80545
Brewers promote their GM to PBO.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that David Stearns has been promoted to President — Baseball Operations and General Manager and Rick Schlesinger to President –Business Operations.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) January 23, 2019January 23, 2019 at 4:24 pm #80556
Very good article but they are done.March 25, 2019 at 8:49 am #84635March 25, 2019 at 10:08 am #84645
Looks like Knebel and Jeffress may start the season on the IL…the Brewers super bullpen might need a boost to be as good as last year.
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