The Milwaukee Brewers have not made many moves in the offseason and are the only team yet to sign a Major League Free agent.
This is not an accident because of General Manager Doug Melvin’s past experience with free agents. After being burned in the past with the large contracts and small production of pitchers like Jeff Suppan, Randy Wolf and David Riske, it fair to understand his patient approach to find free agents that fit in Milwaukee and are reasonable cost.
Melvin defends his inaction in free agency by looking at how well other teams have done by signing players to large contracts and how little they receive on their investment. “If you look at a lot of the teams that got involved in free agency in the past few years, it hasn’t been that successful for them — and then there are the players whose price range isn’t even close to what we could consider,” Melvin said.
Melvin has tried to fix the problem in the bullpen by adding pitcher Will Smith in a trade with the Kansas City Royals in December. Melvin still wants to fix the bullpen before everything is said and done but on his terms. “Anything else, we’re always open to discussions, but it’s still got to be good for the ballclub. Our bullpen is an area that we’ve talked about maybe whether we would add an experienced piece or not,” Melvin said.
According to MLB reporter Adam McCalvy, Doug Melvin has talked to the agent of Carlos Marmol during the Winter Meetings. Whether it was just to see if there was interest from Marmol or to possibly take a chance on a guy who had a down year and see if he rebounds.
Another pitcher the Brewers’ have had contract with about joining is former Brewer Francisco Rodriguez. Melvin has talked to K-Rod’s agent, Scott Boras, this winter about joining the Brewers once again. I think that for the right price the Brewers should sign Rodriguez again because he was able to regain his form as a solid relief pitcher and make the Brewers’ bullpen better.
The other hole the Brewers have on the team is at first base. There have been reports that the Brewers are still interested in Mets’ first baseman Ike Davis. The only thing stopping the deal from happening is matter of price.
Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson is not in a hurry to trade Davis either. “We’re not going to move Ike just to move Ike — or any other player for that matter,” Alderson said. “This is a trade market, not a yard sale, and right now we’re perfectly happy to go into spring training with Davis and [Lucas] Duda both on the team. Frankly, we’re not that actively engaged in trade discussions involving Ike at this point. I think that underscores our willingness to go into camp with both.”
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