Friday, July 22, 2016
(7/22/2016 01:11:00 PM) - Al
Credit some of those additions to former general manager Doug Melvin, who landed Hader and Phillips in the Carlos Gomez trade, and to highly regarded scouting director Ray Montgomery, whose latest draft class is already receiving praise. Current GM-cum-wunderkind David Stearns deserves shine as well. Stearns spent the winter beefing up his front office―he hired Matt Arnold and Dan Turkenkopf, both previously of the Tampa Bay Rays―unloading excess pieces (Francisco Rodriguez here, Khris Davis there, Adam Lind way yonder), and unearthing seeming hidden gems, namely Villar and 31-year-old rookie Junior Guerra. Heady stuff.
Stearns' savviness will come in handy during the coming weeks, because he has more leverage than the typical first-time GM navigating the trade deadline. The Brewers' most marketable players are Lucroy, Braun, and bullpen arms like Jeremy Jeffress and Smith. There's no rush to move any of them, however, because none of the four will enter free agency after this season. Lucroy happens to be the closest, and his super-cheap club option ought to help offset any potential value loss. Stearns' countdown clock isn't at weeks, then―it remains at months.
As a result, the Brewers don't have to take the best offer on August 1―they can approach the deadline like a disciplined hitter in a 3-1 count: taking advantage of a meatball; spitting on jamballs; and walking if nothing good comes their way. Heck, if Stearns wanted to get silly about the whole mess, he could bluff that he was going to hold onto all his pieces not only until the winter, but until next summer, at which point the Brewers could conceivably have started hot and positioned themselves for a postseason run.--Vice
Read the whole thing, but the highlights are above. I'll give you an example of what most folks simply do not know...the Tigers have been rumored to be asking about Lucroy. I went to their MLB team page and glanced at their top 30 prospects. Their 4th ranked prospect, using the silly 20-80 point rating system MLB scouts rank players with, is a 45...meaning they look to be a below average MLB player (if they make it, of course), maybe a weak position player, a middle reliever, or a 5th SP. The Brewers have 16 prospects with a 50 or higher score, and players 17-30 are all given a 45...just like the Tigers 4th best youngster.
7/22/2016 01:11:00 PM