December 2008

Happy’s Winter Meetings Wishlist…Starting Pitching Trade Possibilities

TO:  Doug Melvin GM – Milwaukee Brewers

(Feel free to print this checklist out and take it with you to the Winter Meetings)


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Good young pitcher that might be available in exchange for a big-league ready hitter.  Under team control through 2010, Zack has only scratched the surface of his potential.

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Might be available for offense due to Tigers excessive investment in starting pitching.  Young and ready to bounce back after a down year in ’08.  He’s signed through 2010.

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Signed through 2010, Cabrera has untapped potential.  The O’s might be ready to give up on him for some prospects.  Could be worth a shot for a team like the Brew Crew.

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Another candidate for a bounceback campaign, Bonser could be dealt for a 2nd baseman. 

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The Reds are apparently quietly listening to offers for Arroyo.  He’s durable and an absolute innings-eater.  Could be a decent pickup.

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(See Jeremy Bonderman)

When you’re a smaller market team like the Milwaukee Brewers, you can’t battle with the big boys in terms of free agent spending.  That’s why trades become a more feasible option.  I don’t know what the Brewers plan to do, but one thing is for certain, they better add a legit starting pitcher to the mix if they want to contend again in ’09.

Would Randy Johnson consider the Milwaukee Brewers?

So, I was sitting around the house day-dreaming about the ’09 ballhawking season when I came up with an interesting notion…what if the Brewers contacted Big Randy’s people and Big Randy’s people contacted the Brewers people and talked about a possible 1 yr. deal to come pitch for the Brew Crew??!!

Allow me to digress for a moment.

The Brewers rotation WILL lose two big guns to free agency.

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Adios big boy.

C.C. Sabathia is looking down the barrel of a 6yr/140MM offer from the Yanks (probably more).

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Ol’ Benny boy will become permanently MIA instead of just every 5th day.

Ben Sheets is looking down the barrel of a much smaller gun this offseason.  One that will still pay him 2-3 yrs @ 14-15MM per year.

Which leads me to the guys who will actually be there in 2009.

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                                  YOVANI GALLARDO

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               That’s a big question mark…insert “Big Unit” here (more about that later)

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                                   DAVE BUSH…steady and reliable.

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                              MANNY PARRA…young lefty full of ace potential.

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                   JEFF SUPPAN…what else we going to do with him and his salary?

Which leads me back to Randy Johnson. 

Here are a few things of note:

1.  The man is not returning to pitch for the D’backs.  This we know.  They offered him 2-3 million to come back in ’09.  He said he would’ve settled for 8 million. 
2.  He seeks a 1 yr. deal.  Low risk/high return.
3.  He is left-handed.
4.  He still throws heat.
5.  He is 5 wins shy of the elite 300 win club.
(imagine the marketing opportunities…souvenir flamethrowers, anyone?)
6.  He still has gas left in the tank. 

Take a look at his 2008 statistics

-30 starts
-11 wins/10 losses
-3.91 ERA
-.260 Batting Average Against
-184 Innings Pitched
-173 K’s


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