Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Brewer Daily News. Even though the Milwaukee Brewers faced a predominately disappointing year in 2013, Ryan Braun‘s suspension still was in the headlines. In the second bit of news, the Brewers remain optimistic about 2014 despite all the injuries from the previous season.
With all the news surrounding Braun’s suspension back in July, his teammates and the organization tried not to think about it much. General manager Doug Melvin started to focus on next season while manager Ron Roenicke talked about the players returning from injury for 2014.
“I still know that we’re going to turn this thing around,” Roenicke said.”I don’t know how good we’ll be, but I know we’re a lot better club than we’ve shown. I’m waiting to get to that part where all parts are working well. I know it’s in there.” – via Brewers.com
Braun was suspended for 65 games back on July 22 for admitting his usage of performance enhancing drugs and will be back in 2014. With Braun’s suspension out of the way, the Brew Crew still managed a winning record without the slugger.
Heading into next season, the Brewers are remaining optimistic even though they faced a lot of crucial injuries this season. After the All-Star break, the Brewers went 36-32 for the remainder of the season, getting some much needed production out of the younger players like Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis and Tyler Thornburg.
During the off-season, the team will have four arbitration cases to deal with (Burke Badenhop, Marco Estrada, Mat Gamel and Juan Francisco), with signs indicating Estrada will more than likely be back in Milwaukee. Also, the team will have three free agents (Yuniesky Betancourt, Mike Gonzalez and Corey Hart) with the possibility of re-signing Hart. The Brewers don’t look to make many, if an, moves outside of the organization.