In Episode 10 of the Reviewing The Brew Podcast, David Gasper and Matthew Dewoskin discuss the latest swirl of rumors regarding the Milwaukee Brewers and the happenings of the Winter Meetings.
The first topic of the podcast had to be the latest breaking news, which was the acquisition of Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers for a competitive balance round selection in the 2019 MLB Draft. Claudio is a serviceable lefty, and despite our reservations about losing that early draft pick, adding Claudio looks to be a solid move.
Despite his high ERA in 2018, Claudio is still a good pitcher, and was just a victim of bad luck in 2018 after posting sub-3.00 ERAs in the first four years of his career.
There were several other rumors to come up during the Winter Meetings about the Milwaukee Brewers. The most prominent one being the meeting between the Brewers and catcher Wilson Ramos. The meeting reportedly went well and the Crew has “serious interest” in signing the veteran backstop.
But would Wilson Ramos be the right player for the Brewers to get? How would he fit this team? Also, David brings up an interesting point that could lead Ramos to wanting to sign with the Brewers, perhaps even for less money than some other offers.
Another rumor that came up was the Crew’s interest in Daniel Murphy to fill the second base position in 2019. Despite his poor defensive numbers, could his bat make up for it enough to make a deal worth it? Matthew would like to bring him in if the NL all of a sudden was allowed to use a DH.
Going off the hypothetical of having the DH, David quips about wanting to have kept Khris Davis, but Matthew thinks he was talking about Chris Davis of the Orioles, who is the worst player of the two. This leads to quite the confusion.
After that’s clarified, the conversation turns to recently released Troy Tulowitzki. With Tulo on the open market, should the Milwaukee Brewers try to sign the former superstar to a one year, veteran’s minimum contract? David is driving the bandwagon to get Tulo in a Brewers uniform and he eventually convinces Matthew to hop on.
Ian Kinsler is another second base target the Brewers have reportedly been looking at. Matthew tries to convince David that Kinsler is a good idea, and while he somewhat succeeds, David is still not off the Tulo bandwagon.
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