Poll: How Would You Grade The Brewers’ Offseason Thus Far?

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As expected, it’s been a mostly quiet offseason for the Milwaukee Brewers. They acquired LHP Will Smith from the Kansas City Royals in return for Norichika Aoki and claimed Elian Herrera off waivers. Other than that, it’s been radio silence for the Crew.

Going into the Winter Meetings, the Brewers main focus was adding a first baseman. Corey Hart signed with the Seattle Mariners and Doug Melvin and his team left Florida without one. Talks have resumed with the New York Mets about Ike Davisbut the Brewers are unwilling to part with a young controllable pitcher like Tyler Thornburg.

Nobody expected the Brewers to spend much money this winter and it’s probably a good thing they’re staying quiet. They’re focused on their young guys and building the team around them.


How Would You Grade The Brewers Offseason Thus Far?

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  • Dennis Hippert

    Going into the offseason the stated goal was 1b, which is still unresolved. But, before you can jump on the d or f grade (ala JSOnline commenters) it’s important to recognize the restraint they’ve hadso far by not over paying for Hart or Loney and handcuffing themselves with a bad deal. Everyone hates Weeks’ deal, or Suppan, or Hart last year (the list goes on and on), then wants to bash them for not spending more on free agents. Do you want risky big dollar long term contracts or payroll flexibility to address roster holes on a yearly basis? Big market teams have both; the Milwaukee Brewers don’t and never will. Sometimes it’s the deals they DON’T make that mean the biggest difference.

    Also, I liked the flat out NO on the reported offer of Ike Davis for Thornburg. We aren’t that desperate.

    The only move of note is the Aoki trade. None of us will ever know what returns were being offered for him, so it’s hard to say how good of a deal this is until Smith takes the mound. Either way, his contract situation and the team’s 2014 expectations made trading him a no brainer. I’m glad they got someone cheap and controllable.

    So there’s the reasons for my grade of C. The only move they made can’t be given a fair grade as of yet, and outside of that, they haven’t done anything- positive or negative.

    • Justin Schultz

      You make a lot of good points. I especially like your comment on the JS Online comments. I chuckled.

    • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

      I gave them a B because of two things: (1) I liked the attempts to get younger and more potential with Will Smith and Wei-Chung Wang and (2) like you mentioned, they haven’t spent money stupidly in free agency.

      The downward trend of the team doesn’t support another rash of spending to try to contend, so they need to wait and see what they have at the half (and wait for the expensive deals to expire at the end of the year in Weeks, Ramirez, and potentially Gallardo (although I doubt that they won’t take the option unless he is posting a 5+ ERA)).

      My grade will quickly switch to a D or an F if they trade anyone of value in the organization, particularly pitching, for a 1st baseman and other holes.

      • Justin Schultz

        If the Brewers trade a young pitcher for someone like Ike Davis, there front office doesn’t understand baseball.

      • Dennis Hippert

        Wang is a head scratcher for me. There must be some good insider info on him to support a major league look after a not so great year at the rookie level. I liked the minor league 3b prospect though, that will be the big topic next year at this time.

        • http://brewtalk.weebly.com/ Novak

          Not so great year? Look beyond the ERA and record; 4 BB:42 SO is pretty darn good at any level. Touching the mid-90s, with a three pitch mix. Solid prospect.

          At the bare minimum, the Wang selection gives them some bargaining power over the Pirates. The Brewers still can make a trade with the Pirates to acquire him outright and then send him down in the minors to develop. Where the Brewers gain leverage is their ability to stash him away in the bullpen for the year while the Pirates get nothing in return.

          • Dennis Hippert

            Agreed, I like the low walk rate, but a fastball sitting at 91-93 won’t get a strikeout rate near 1 per inning at the major league level without great secondary pitches or excellent command (or both.) I’m reading his changeup is his best pitch, while his curve is “developing”. With that said, I can’t how those numbers in 47 rookie ball innings warrants a 25 man spot. It ‘s only a $25k gamble though, it could possibly pay off and I’ll be reminded why I don’t get offered MLB GM jobs.

    • Justin Schultz

      You make a lot of good points. I especially like your comment on the JS Online comments. I chuckled.

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