Archive for November, 2009

Morning Ramble - 11/24

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Not much…just a catch up in case you haven’t heard and/or you’d like to discuss with Joe, Kade, Scottage, Jon K, Brewerfever, or myself.

The Brewers re-signed Chris Capuano. Not a big deal now, but he’s got to get back to pitching sometime, right? By the way, my brother is very excited about this because he has a Capuano shirt. He also has a Sabathia shirt. We’ve been giving him guff that any player he promotes leaves the team. We’re thinking of buying a Suppan shirt for him for Christmas.

The Brewers are reportedly interested in ANYTHING THAT PITCHES. The following list are starting pitchers that have been named in rumors that the Brewers have interest in: Carl Pavano, Jarrod Washburn, John Lackey, Mark Mulder, Edwin Jackson, Randy Wolf, John Smoltz, Doug Davis, Todd Wellemeyer, Derek Lowe, Ben Sheets, and Javier Vasquez. Did I miss any starters?

Going with the ANYTHING THAT PITCHES trend, the Brewers signed John “The Llama” Halama.

The Brewers also went statutory and signed a 16 year old Shortstop from the Dominican named Santo Aybar.

Morning Ramble 11/19

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Not much happening this week so far, but a couple notes:

The Brewers claimed a catcher from the Red Sox organization, George Kattaras. Competition is never a bad thing.

Right now from the rumor postings and sporting magazines making predictions, the most likely candidates to come to the Brewers are Mark Mulder, Jarrod Washburn, and Randy Wolf. Uggh…

Fox Sports also wrote that Gamel probably won’t be traded because he won’t net a fair return by himself and Weeks won’t be traded because he will be too expensive for a player coming off an injury.

Probably the funniest thing I read was that Eric Gagne wants to be a starter in Major League Baseball. Sure, the guy who could barely make it past an inning in relief wants to start..what is he going to do, lob the ball like Henry Rowengartner when he had no arm left either? Gord Ash’s quote was good too: “I don’t see that”. It’s simple, but direct. No messing around.

Things should start getting interesting again on Friday…

Morning Ramble - 11/13

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Ryan Braun won his second straight Silver Slugger award, putting him with the likes of Molitor and Cooper for Brewers who have won the award in consecutive years. Congrats Brauny!

This story about a guy who worked for Lambeau for 22 years getting fired probably because of something he did or didn’t say to Mike McCarthy angers me. I’ve stood up for McCarthy in the past, but that might be ending. I’ve been very unhappy with his play calling this year, his inability to change/help the team’s flaws, and if he really was this immature and bitter after the loss to the Vikings, then that’s just ridiculous and not what you want from a leader. Even if the guy said “Don’t lay an egg”, McCarthy should have listened to him, because that’s exactly what the Packers ended up doing.

By the way, is Brandon Jennings the most intriguing athlete playing in Wisconsin at this very moment? Think of all the Packers, Badgers, and Bucks and this guy is ripping the positive headlines from everyone else.

AFTERNOON RAMBLE

Looper’s option was NOT picked up, which was a slight surprise to me. The Brewers are trying to pool resources to see how much money they have, which is interesting because this week they have talked to agents representing Mark Mulder and John Lackey and are apparently interested in Edwin Jackson and possibly Javier Vasquez. Looper, who I liked as a pickup last year, gave up the most runs and home runs in the National League last year.

BEN SHEETS SIGHTING…er…actually, his agent finally spoke up to make sure people knew his client wasn’t dead or injured. Casey Close believes Sheets will be ready by Spring Training and said 3 teams already inquired (two of which are probably Texas and Milwaukee)

Thank God Seattle re-signed Jack Wilson. I’m very excited not to deal with his ugly mug (and uncanny ability to throw out runners right before they reach base) over 10 times a year.

Cubs are going for Granderson

Morning Ramble - 11/12

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

ESPN Rumors wondered aloud if Milwaukee would be interested in a Granderson-Edwin Jackson for prospects deal. My answer…no they wouldn’t…but the fantasy baseball dork in me would do it. Imagine an OF of Granderson, Braun, and Gomez (I’m guessing they’d have to trade Corey Hart, but again…no way in hell this is happening)

Speaking of deals that won’t happen, the Reds are apparently acting like they’re willing to part with Aaron Harang and Brandon Phillips. I would love Phillips on the team, but it won’t happen.

Johnny Lucroy is the early favorite to be the starter at catcher. I wouldn’t have the biggest problem with Lucroy and Rivera, but it would be a major concern to have two inexperienced backstops. Jared brought up a name that sounds a little better…Greg Zaun. I also like Yorvit Torrealba, but I have a hunch he wants more money than the Brewers are willing to pay.

I’m not the biggest fan of twitter, but this is my favorite twitter post: No one has heard from Ben Sheets or his agent, according to Brewers GM Doug Melvin. That’s right…Big Ben is MIA, hiding somewhere in the southern part of the United States probably still hurt.

Do these names on the Brewers pitching hot stove excite you? Doug Davis and Randy Wolf! Yeah…excites me about as much as another Saw movie. Well, Melvin has contacted both agents according to reports, so who knows…

Finally, in that’s hilarious news, the Pirates thought they’d make a pitch for JJ, and why not, but apparently offered the Brewers Fielder’s enemy MATT FREAKIN CAPPS. You may enjoy the rest of your day now.

Aftermath from the Hardy for Gomez Trade

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

This was a shocking trade and I have not really made up my mind on the trade. Some RFB’ers have said that they like the trade. For me, it really depends on what pitchers the Brewers get now without J.J. Hardy. John Lackey’s name is out there and he would be AMAZING to bring in. One thing I believe is that J.J. for Gomez opens up the possibility of trading Gamel or Hart for pitching, especially if the big free agent names go elsewhere. Here are some reactions from around the area about the trade:

JSonline currently has a poll running that shows Brewers fans are split 50/50 right now.

Bernie’s Crew is underwhelmed with the deal.

Brewerfan believes that Gomez won’t be able to match Cameron offensively, but should be similar defensively.

Michael Hunt believes that the new youth movement will put the Brewers farther away from the playoffs.

WISN’s Andy Kendeigh believes the move was at the right time and made an interesting point saying Gomez won’t have to look over his shoulder all year.

620’s Gene Mueller hopes this means the Brewers will no longer be deathly afraid of running, but won’t be able to judge the trade until the team comes together in April

Brew Beat found a quote from Twins manager Ron Gardenhire who says that Gomez is “irritating”.

Brew Crew Ball believes the Brewers should re-sign Cameron anyway (at least still offer arbitration…what’s the worst that could happen? He takes it and you still have a leader who can help Gomez become even better in center. Plus, the team could continue to piss off the NL Central and untuck their shirts.) and they believe the trade was good overall.

Cute Sports believe that Tweens and Teens will weep (she forgot sorority girls as well), but she seems most sad that there won’t be any “J.J. makes me Hardy” jokes.

View from Bernie’s Chalet said they are excited about the young Gomez.

In-Between Hops believe the loss of Hardy isn’t a big deal and might be very good for the team.

Minnesota Blogs:

Star Tribune writer Jim Souhan believes this was an “amazing” deal for the Twins.

A Fan’s View liked Gomez (save for something he calls Gomez’s “bunny hops” when throwing to home) but likes the trade especially because it upgrades their infield defense.

Twinkie Town likes having Hardy and so do most of their readers.

The Saint Paul Pioneer Press thinks that Hardy will be a long term shortstop in Minnesota and enjoyed that it fixed two of the Twins’ problems.

Matt Borzi of MinnPost loves the trade, but believes Gardenhire will move Hardy to third (if that were the case, he would probably still be a Brewer!)

Blogger Aaron Gleeman believes that Gomez got a bum rap in Minneapolis because of who he was traded for (Santana), but believes the acquisition is very positive for the Twins.

SethSpeaks LOVES the deal for the Twins.

Twinkie Talk believes this was definitely the right move for the Twins.

The Twins Most Valuable Blogger is glad the Twins didn’t give up a king’s ransom for the player they needed.

So as you can see, Brewer fans are unsure and Twins fans are seemingly thrilled.
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Morning Ramble - 11/6

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Now that the Yankees have finally won their damm World Series, and who didn’t see that one coming? (I love how all the news outlets are saying “Their first since all the way back in 2000″), we can finally get to some fun rumors and player movement.

I haven’t updated the MR because I’m at a conference in Minneapolis. BUT I heard a rumor here and I had to post it, so here it is: J.J. Hardy to the Twins for Glen Perkins if the O-Dawg doesn’t re-sign. I checked it out and ESPN and MSN rumors have it as well.

Also, the Brewers are waiting to see if Felipe is a Type-A or Type-B free agent before they re-sign him. If they do end up wanting to re-sign him, it will be interesting to see if he takes it knowing Rickie will have the starting role in spring.It will also be interesting, because a trade involving Rickie suddenly is on the table. However, the Brewers will probably want him in a Craig Counsell-like role and I still believe he will be very expensive for that.

Yahoo Sports noted that Washburn might be headed back to Seattle anyway. and Jon Garland’s option was declined by LA and I hope the Brewers take an extended look at him.

Finally, Tim Lincecum’s weird hair finally makes sense.

Morning Ramble - 11/3

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The only thing Brewers related I read was the Brewers spring training schedule. They have 30 games including two at Miller Park against the Tigers.

A-Rodg reportedly has two sprains. Not surprising after being hit so hard most of the year. I’m pretty sure all the Favre coverage has been a pain in his backside as well.

You’ve all probably seen it, but Manu Ginobili took out a bat and it’s pretty impressive. He then holds it in his hand for a long time. I would not want to have him guarding me after that.

In possible pitching trade news, Javier Vasquez and King Felix are reportedly on the market. Vasquez because the Braves resigned Tim Hudson and Hernandez because the Mariners want to sign Aroldis Chapman.

Finally, Cole Hamels said he can’t wait for the season to end because he apparently wants Philly fan to hate him. Here’s the fun part: It’s been reported that Brett Myers had a “short but tense” talk with Hamels by Yahoo. I’m sure if someone gets a tape of it, it goes something like this: “Cole… I only got one thing to say to you…Boom, Outta Here”

RFB’s Morning Ramble - 11/2

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

First of all, for those who are about to hear about how much better Favre is than Rodgers, please note that the only main difference between the Vikings and the Packers on Sunday was that the winning team had good blocking and the losing team didn’t. Linemen don’t get a lot of respect, and offensive linemen get even less, but Sunday showed me how important a solid offensive line is.

According to ESPN, the Rockies are thinking of non-tendering third baseman Garrett Atkins. Do it! It’d be great if the Brewers could get in on that, but he’s going to be able to have his pick of place and money.

Speaking of non-tendering, Olney also believes the Brewers would be better off non-tendering J.J. Hardy if there isn’t significant trade interest. Yeah, no, I don’t see that happening. The Brewers know that Alcides is the future, but they also know not to give away a free buffet. Does that analogy work? I don’t think so, but it’s Monday morning before my caffeinated drink.

Rumor guy Eli said that Johnny Damon is expected to talk with the Brewers. Doesn’t make much sense to me, especially since he’s going to draw a lot of money and the Brewers want pitching first.

Finally, here’s a list of free agents. Who would you pick, especially in the starting pitching position? I like Jon Garland and Eric Bedard, but they aren’t coming. A player I’m interested in learning more about is Noah Lowry. He had something wrong with his shoulder, so I don’t know how big of a risk he is, but he’s still young and was an up and coming pitcher with the Giants before Cain and Lincecum. As you look over the list, you notice that they are mostly all risks and I realized that there are far worse names than Mulder and Washburn (they can’t be the BIG acquisition the Brewers need, though). Also, the Mike Cameron haters should look at all the amazing names available in Center. Mike Cameron for another year doesn’t sound so bad when the comparable players are Rick Ankiel, Andrew Jones, and Marlon Byrd.

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