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Fielder Fined, Not Suspended

Prince Fielder and the Brewers may have dodged a bullet.  On an off day before starting a big weekend series in Houston, league officials announced that they’re fining both Fielder and Los Angeles’ Guillermo Mota following the beanball/seek-and-destroy fiasco on Tuesday night.

The fact that Fielder won’t be missing any time on the field is huge, and it may be because he waited until after the game to take out his frustrations on the Dodgers reliever.  Had Fielder charged the mound during the game, you’d think that both players would’ve been suspended.  I’m sure Prince (and the Brewers) will happily pay the fine and move on.  Still, it’s a little alarming how many times this year the Brewers have found themselves in the middle of beanball wars — players from both Pittsburgh and St. Louis have made it known that they strongly dislike the Brewers, and there’s been multiple promises for retribution through the media (specifically, Ryan Braun and Mike Cameron).

One thing I can say — it’s a good thing Ken Macha doesn’t believe in intentionally putting guys on base and partaking in beanball wars, otherwise there would be a slew of Milwaukee players serving suspensions this year.  It’s something I couldn’t say about Ned Yost (who once put Seth McClung in the game for the sole purpose of hitting Albert Pujols, knowing full well that McClung would get tossed after one pitch, so he had another pitcher warming in the bullpen).

The Journal-Sentinel has the story on the fines.

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Brewers Trade for Vargas

July 31, 2009 1 comment

With Jarrod Washburn heading to Detroit this afternoon, the Brewers moved on to find another starter in a trade deadline deal.  In an attempt to just find a warm body to fill one of the holes in the rotation, the Brewers traded local favorite Vinny Rottino to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Claudio Vargas.

Vargas, of course, was a part of the Brewers’ rotation a couple years ago, and was released during spring training last year.  Vargas has found some success with the Dodgers in the bullpen this year, but has also spent a considerable amount of time on the disabled list.
It’s a bit of an uninspiring move, but you could make an argument that Vargas will likely perform better than anyone else the Brewers could call up from the minors, and he only cost a guy who the Brewers had no real plans for in the future.  It’s a trade that’s hard to like, but one that you can’t really hate, either.
It would’ve been nice to get a starter who doesn’t nibble his way through 5 innings like every other Brewers starter not named Yovani Gallardo, though.  We’ll see if Vargas ends up making a start this weekend in San Diego.  Earlier today, Mike Burns was officially recalled and is expected to make one of the open starts against the Padres.