Al's Ramblings

Saturday, May 20, 2017

(5/20/2017 09:05:00 PM) - Al

As is the case with Arizona, Milwaukee has easily outperformed expectations thus far. The Brewers entered Saturday having posted the same record as Arizona (25-18, with a plus-34 run differential), and their success is a “potential nightmare” for general manager David Stearns, one executive told Rosenthal. It’s doubtful Stearns believes the franchise’s rebuild is complete, yet owner Mark Attanasio might push to add, not subtract, if Milwaukee hangs around the playoff race in the coming months, per Rosenthal. To their credit, the first-place Brewers currently rank among the majors’ top 10 teams in runs scored (second), wRC+ (eighth) and pitching fWAR (eighth).--MLBTR

 I don't think Rosenthal or the other executive understands "nightmare," to say the least. If Stearns feels the team's success is a fluke, he can just continue to build as he has been. If the roster and winning percentage were the same as it is now and the date was AUG 20th, the most obvious additions would be a 2-3 bullpen pieces (a loogy for sure), a bench bat with some pop, and maybe a spot starter/long man. That would cost them nothing of merit, certainly no top 30 pieces in the organization. Or, they could easily just deal guys like Jungmann, Rivera, and Aguilar, players who are out of options anyway. If they would pick up a RH hitting 1B/LF/RF for example, Aguilar would be a duplicate.

As Stearns said a month ago, trimming the 40 man is already damaging, as every time a move is made, it seems, that player is claimed. Next season, they will have 6-7 more youngsters that have to be added. Sure, they'll have a few FA's contracts expire, but those scenarios have already been gone over.

You never hear a crack dealer saying "What am I gonna do with all this crack?" --Chris Rock

Much of the media acts like nothing has ever been planned for. I promise you, there's a list or spreadsheet or some document with a 2018 40 man roster and a 2019 40 man roster. When they traded Jeffress and Lucroy, they happily accepted a couple players who had to be protected on the 40 before the 2017. When they traded for Shaw, they knew they had to have additional kids who did not have to be protected. It doesn't take much to figure out the Crew has far more OF's in the system than they will ever use in MIL. Some of them will wash out and some will be traded. There's no such thing as too much talent. 

5/20/2017 09:05:00 PM

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