Posts Tagged ‘Melvin’

Sometimes Different Doesn’t Equal Better

September 16, 2009 1 comment

When a team struggles, it’s a natural reaction to point to the manager as the root of the problem.  They’re simultaneously the most visible and most expendable part of the front office, and it’s become common to associate any success or failure with the manager’s decision making.  For the most part, that’s why firing your manager is step number one in proving to your fans that you’re trying to improve.

Sometimes, the change helps.  Buck Showalter was fired by both the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the next year, his old teams won the World Series.  More often than not, though, having a new face in the dugout doesn’t change anything.  Sometimes, it can even make matters worse.

I bring this up because the Brewers are in danger of becoming one of “those teams” — an organization that’s quick to fire its manager whenever things go south instead of working to actually fix the problem. 

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Hoffman, Cameron Among Brewers Placed on Waivers

August 26, 2009 1 comment

With just over a month to go in the season and the Brewers 11 games out of the NL Central lead and 10.5 games out of the wildcard, it appears that Doug Melvin is ready to call it quits on the 2009 season.  According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Brewers have placed a number of veterans on the waiver wire to gauge interest in possible trades. 

Rosenthal’s source says that Trevor Hoffman, Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, Jason Kendall, Braden Looper, and Felipe Lopez were all put onto waivers on Tuesday.  All six players could potentially be free agents following the season, so they would likely be one-month rentals for their new teams.  As a result, it doesn’t seem like Melvin is likely to actually make a deal — anything he would get in return would have to be better than what he could get from the possible compensation picks in next year’s draft, and not many teams would be willing to give up a sandwich pick-level talent for one month’s worth of production.

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My thoughts on how the Brewers could sign CC Sabathia

October 21, 2008 Leave a comment

Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio has come out and stated that he and GM Doug Melvin are going to make a strong effort to re-sign ’07 AL Cy Young award winner CC Sabathia.  Just how they plan to offer remains a mystery…but I have some ideas.

First, everything I’ve read puts Sabathia in the 5-year, $140-$145 million range, comparable to what Johan Santana is getting from the Mets.  That works out to an average of $28-$29 million per season, which would represent almost a third of the Brewers’ current $90 million payroll.  That would be hard pill to swallow.

Trying to think outside the box, I’ve come up with a few ideas for Mr. Melvin to consider to at least get CC thinking about Milwaukee’s offer:
1. Offer a 6-year, $150 million deal–while the average is only $25 million per season, perhaps the total dollar amount might be a bit more appealing to CC.  The 6th year could even be a player option.
2. Add an opt-out clause after the 2nd or 3rd year–this would give CC a chance to explore the free agent market again if he finds that playing for the new manager and/or in Milwaukee is not all he thought it would be.
3. Build in incentives–on top of the 6-year, $150 million deal, include bonuses of $500,000-$1 million for making the All-Star squad, achieving 175 innings, 150 strikeouts, etc….  The amounts would have to be somewhat attainable to be attractive, but attainable only if Sabathia is healthy for most of the year.

Some creative thinking with the offer will at least show Sabathia that the Brewers are trying new ways to re-sign him…and maybe even wind up costing another club a few more dollars that they can’t spend elsewhere.

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