Sep 20, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez (16) is greeted by center fielder Carlos Gomez (27), right fielder Norichika Aoki (7), and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (20) after hitting a 3-run homer in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Brewers at the Winter Meetings


When the Winter Meetings begin on Monday, many fans will wonder what Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin has planned. Of course, it’s a been a slow offseason for the Brew Crew, but perhaps things could change in the coming week.

A couple days ago, Melvin made his intentions clear that the Brewers were going to try and make a deal with a first baseman. Whether or not that first baseman is Corey Hart remains to be seen, though there aren’t many other options out there.

“Obviously, first base is the one area of focus,” Melvin said. “We talked about a maybe a bullpen piece or so. But we’re still always open to [other ideas].” – via Brewers.com

First base will remain to be the team’s top priority for now, but Melvin indicated that the club is open to continue trading players. Norichika Aoki was traded yesterday to the Kansas City Royals for left-handed reliever Will Smith, so that’s one move completed by Melvin. Khris Davis will taking over a starting role in either left or right field.

The bullpen is also another area that the Brewers could be looking to add on to. With the departures of Mike Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop, the team will need a couple more arms in the bullpen. With the addition of Smith, he and Tom Gorzelanny now make up the only two left-handed pitchers on the 25-man roster. That said, Smith could now be that bullpen piece the Brewers needed, but with his starting potential, they should continue to look for at least one more reliever.

Honestly, I don’t expect the Brewers to do very much, if anything, at the Winter Meetings next week. Perhaps they may work out something with Hart and maybe add another bullpen piece, but that will probably be it for now. The Brewers don’t exactly have the budget to splurge on free-agents, but they should keep some in mind.

Let us know in the comments below what you would like to see the Brewers do next week.

With all the moves that have happened this week, here are some points of interest from around the league:

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  • wcb

    Duda, Murphy, Mejia, and Familia combined won’t bring what Niese brings. Niese will bring max value. Should have traded Wright last off-season, in hind sight. The trade high value standard in not working in the Mets favor.

    • Paqza

      Trading Wright last year would not have brought what he could bring now, especially after that monster first half. He’s proven that he still has it in him, despite the inconsistency, and he’s also gonna get a Gold Glove this year at third.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasper.jenkins.31 Jasper Jenkins

    I will make a prediction that if the Mets trade Murphy to another National League team he will become the biggest Met killer since the days of Mike Easler.

  • Dennis Hippert

    It’s pretty clear we can’t compete in the NL Central in 2014, but i also don’t think a complete rebuild is needed. Let’s send Aramis to Miami for LoMo. Start Logan at first and watch his offense explode in Miller Park (compared to Miami for sure). Even if we pick up some salary in the deal, we’re still saving cash by unloading A Ram and not signing Hart. Give Francisco the chance to show himself in a year where our main objective is to get another year of big league experience to Segura, Davis, Peralta, Thornburg, Gennett, etc. Use the savings to lock up Segura or replace Francisco after the season if he can’t cut it (Chase Headley’s free agent year) at the same time Week’s salary goes bye bye.

    I’m doing my Christmas dreaming a little early this year, as they say.

    • Benjamin Orr

      Better early than never!

      Yep, the Brewers are definitely in a rebuilding phase, but it’s not so drastic that we need to overhaul the entire organization. Make a few deals here and there (maybe trade for LoMo, get another pitcher) and you might, just might, be looking close to 80 some wins in the face in 2014.