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McGehee’s Future Uncertain

September 13, 2009 2 comments

As a 26-year old rookie, Casey McGehee is finally getting a chance to contribute at the major league level.  This year, he’s made the most of it, hitting .306/.367/.522 in 291 at-bats, with 15 home runs and 57 RBI.  Despite the strong year, a big question still remains — is Casey McGehee for real?

Forgive the skeptics, because they have good reason.  His BABIP is at .330, much higher than the league average, leading many to believe that McGehee’s impressive numbers are largely lucky.  To put it simply, more balls are falling in for hits than they should, and it’s leading to some inflated statistics.  This seems to be confirmed by McGehee’s unspectacular numbers in the minors…while McGehee is currently sporting a pretty spiffy .890 OPS, he’s never OPS’ed higher than .776 in the Cubs’ minor league system.

Is it possible that McGehee is simply a late bloomer who’s finally figured it all out?  Sure.  But it’s also possible that the Brewers have another Bill Hall on their hands. 

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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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Bill Hall Traded to Seattle

Well, it wasn’t for Bronson Arroyo or Aaron Harang, but Bill Hall is no longer a Milwaukee Brewer.  In return, the Brewers receive minor league reliever Ruben Flores.

Tom Haudricourt updated his first blog post, saying that the Brewers will also be paying a large portion of Hall’s salary — crediting SI.com, he notes that the Brewers will pay the rest of Hall’s salary this year, as well as a large chunk of next year’s salary (as much as $7.15 million).

I guess it’s better than just eating the entire contract by releasing him, but it’s also less than what many were expecting to get in a trade for Hall, even if the Brewers would’ve had to add in some mid-level prospects to sweeten the pot.  For as frustrating as Hall has been the past couple years, he takes with him plenty of good memories, too.  For that reason, I hope he can find his swing again and become a solid contributor.  With any luck, Flores will contribute something in a bullpen role.

Melvin Looking for Hall Suitors

I didn’t think it was possible, but apparently there are teams interested in acquiring Bill Hall.  Rumors have been circulating about the Reds possibly being interested ever since Hall was designated for assignment.  According to Adam McCalvy, there may be something to those rumors.

In his latest blog entry, McCalvy reports that Doug Melvin is “working on something” in regards to Hall.  As the mlb.com reporter notes, the Brewers don’t have to make a decision on Hall until Friday, but it appears Melvin may find a taker before the end of the work week.

Melvin declined to comment on trade talks, as usual, but Cincinnati would be the most obvious trade partner.  Hall has always hit well at Great American Ballpark (and against the Reds in general) and he wouldn’t have to adjust to any new opposing pitchers.  The Reds could use a guy who can play anywhere in the infield, considering Scott Rolen requires regular rest to stay healthy and they just traded Alex Gonzalez to Boston.  The Reds also have something the Brewers desperately need — starting pitching.  There have been rumors that the Reds are peddling Bronson Arroyo and Aaron Harang — two pitchers who are outrageously overpaid, just like Hall. 

If anything, it makes sense in terms of filling needs and swapping overpaid talent.  Harang is scheduled to make $12.5 million next season, with a 2011 option for $12.75 million that can be bought out for $2 million.  Arroyo, meanwhile, is owed $11 million next year with another $11 million tied into a 2011 option. 

We’ll see what happens, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d probably go with Harang.  He’s shown to at least be a fairly above-average pitcher when healthy, but has been run into the ground by Cincinnati’s various managers the past few years.  In the off chance that he’ll enter next season fully rested and not being counted on to carry a pitching staff, he’ll provide a lot more to the team than Arroyo, who’s been extremely average his entire career.  Adding Arroyo would be no different than bringing back Braden Looper next year or signing a Doug Davis type. 

Brewers Acquire Weathers

As announced during the Brewers’ 2-0 loss in Houston yesterday, the Brewers have acquired another former pitcher, getting Cincinnati’s David Weathers for a player to be named later.  Weathers has been surprisingly good for the Reds this season and could fill that crucial 7th inning spot Ken Macha has been looking to fill in order to get more leads to Todd Coffey and Trevor Hoffman.  To this point, Weathers has compiled a 3-3 record and 3.32 ERA setting up Francisco Cordero, with a WHIP of just 1.16. 

As some Brewers fans may remember, Weathers used to pitch for the Brewers in the late 90’s and early 2000’s and was a fairly solid reliever then, too.  That was over 10 years ago, however, and you have to wonder if the Brewers may have given up too much for a guy who may only be on the team for a couple months while the team is starting to fall out of contention.  Perhaps it’s one of those deals where the player the Reds get in return depends on how well the team does at the end of the year.  In either case, it doesn’t seem like the price will be too high.

It’s not necessarily a rental, either, as Weathers has a team option for 2010.  The only issue is that it appears Weathers’ 2010 option would cost the team close to $4 million, and considering the team is already saddled with the bad contracts of Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan for next season, that might be too much to pay for a 40-year old middle reliever (especially if the Brewers are going to set out to improve the starting pitching and catching situations).

As Brew Crew Ball points out, Weathers will be the 21st pitcher to throw a pitch for the Brewers once he appears in a game, presumably sometime in the next few days.  Hopefully the additions of Jesus Colome and Weathers will go a long way towards not having to see the likes of Chris Smith pitch meaningful innings anymore.

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.