Thursday, May 15, 2008

In the News (5/15)

Today's Game: Dodgers 7, Brewers 2
Record: 20-21, tied for fourth (with the Pirates...)
Games Behind Cubs: 5

The big news today, of course, is the Braun signing. Everyone at RFB is jacked up. It's great, great news and hopefully will be a sign of things to come.

Here's what the reaction was from Brewers' blogs across the Web:
  • The Brew Town Beat: "Booyah!"
  • Chuckie Hacks: "The Brewers have locked up the best pure hitter on the planet to a record 7 year deal! Holy record amount & time of contract in Brewer history Batman!"
  • SportsBubbler.com: "Now, nail down Fielder!"
  • Al's Ramblings: "The way arbitration numbers are escalating, this would save the Brewers a huge amount of money if Braun stays healthy and continues to produce as he has so far (or even if he regresses a bit)."
  • Brewers Bar: "I can’t tell you how happy I am to be a Brewers fan on a day like today."
  • Brew Crew Pub: "Braun would not have been eligible for arbitration for three more years, so it would seem like paying him now is a bit risky, but for the Brewers and owner Mark Attanasio, this is a statement. A statement that they are committed to having a competitive team for as long as possible, in spite of the 'small market' label they get."
  • The Bucky Channel: "This shows that the Brewers aren't just playing for this year or next year, but they plan on competiting for years to come."
  • Cute Sports: "As far as I'm concerned, this is a great step."
  • Brewers Fanatics: "Now it's time to start working on a new contract for Sheets since he is a free agent after this season."
  • BrewersNation: "Congratulations to Ryan Braun. Nice move by Doug Melvin to get this ironed out before Ryan had a chance to have another big season that would have upped the price tag."
  • View From Bernie's Chalet: "I'm actually excited at the fact that my kids (will probably have one within the next year or two with my soon to be wife) will get to see Braun in a Brewers uniform."
- The Journal-Sentinel and Brewers.com had big stories on the signing, the biggest contract in Brewers' history. Here's the gold star quote for me from Braun:
"It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I feel like I was ready to make this commitment to the city of Milwaukee, to the fans and the Brewers' organization. I believe in the direction the organization is headed."
- Michael Hunt says Fielder might have been wise to consider a deal like Braun's.

- Oh yeah, there was a game today too... Sheets gave up six runs in the seventh inning and the Brewers went on to lose, dropping two of three at home against the Dodgers and falling back below .500.

- Riske's elbow injury caused him to go on the DL. More HERE.

- Mark DiFelice, a 31-year-old pitcher, was called up to replace Riske on the roster. DiFelice has played in the minors for 10 years and has not been in the majors until now. The Brew Town Beat says you have to feel happy for him.

WHAT'S BREWING: In the wake of Yovani Gallardo's season-ending knee injury, the Brewers' hunt for pitching depth led them to make a run at Julian Tavarez this week -- as serious a run, in fact, as Colorado. But the Brewers aren't through looking. They have Jeff Weaver stashed at Triple-A (where he's 1-1, 5.40 after three starts). And other scouts report they've been investigating a variety of once-familiar names currently toiling in Triple-A -- a group we call the Bartolo Colon All-Stars.
Tavarez and Colon? Seriously? I'd rather not overpay for old, unreliable arms and take my chances with Weaver, DiFelice, Jackson or McClung.

- Brew Crew Ball says it's time to move Weeks down in the order.


- BrewersNation profiles Eric Farris.

- Big League Stew interviewed Uecker.


- Eli's MLB Rumors takes a look at a few starting pitcher trade possibilities for the Brewers.

- The Brewers will be on national television twice this weekend when they visit Fenway. More HERE.


- Anthony Witrado had a mailbag today.

- Reds GM Walt Jocketty says he's had no trade discussions involving Ken Griffey Jr.

- Griffey pulled a nice prank on Josh Fogg.

- The Astros have not ruled out signing Roger Clemens.

- Selig says MLB will look at the shattering maple bats issue.

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