So The Official Site has given the Brewers a six out of ten score for this offseason. I know we're being patient and all that, but so far this offseason's biggest accomplishment has been NOT trading Mike Cameron for a bad centerfielder and a bad contract, so I can't justify ranking them that high. At present, I'll give them a 4, but I'll immediately upgrade it to 6 if they sign Braden Looper.
Speaking of Looper: Eric Seidman of FanGraphs took a look at him as part of a piece on Type B pitchers. He projects Looper's 2009 value at 1.9 wins, or about $9.5 million, and thinks someone should sign him to a 2 year/ $18 million deal. I'll take it.
On the "largely unfounded rumor" front, as noted in this Rumorville post, the Nationals are interested in Prince Fielder, but the Brewers are reportedly reluctant to part with him. The Nationals may see this offseason as an opportunity to pick up a bunch of bargains on a buyer's market: In the last 24 hours I've seen them linked to Fielder, Orlando Hudson, Milton Bradley (not a Cub yet), and Adam Dunn.
You have until noon today to vote for Brewer Prospect #7. As of this writing, Lorenzo Cain leads Taylor Green by 20 votes. Rattler Radio is trying to get voters to stuff the ballot box for Cutter Dykstra, but it doesn't appear to be working...Dykstra has compiled 6 votes so far. Balloting for #8 will open at noon.
Award season never ends. Kevin Youkilis has beaten out Gabe Kapler and Ryan Braun for 2008 Jewish MVP.
Have you been watching the MLB Network? If you haven't, you might want to check out the 90 minute special on the 1982 team airing on January 10. Meanwhile, Squawking Baseball reports that the network is charging cable providers 24 cents per month per subscriber for their programming, less than a third of the 88 cents the NFL Network is charging. Or in other words, there's no excuse for Mediacom, my cable provider, not to have it.
On the hot stove:
Dodgers: Are working to restructure or possibly even buy out Andruw Jones' contract.
Giants: It's being reported that the team has offered a four year deal to Manny Ramirez.
Marlins: Are supposedly close to signing Scott Proctor to a one year deal that could be worth as much as $1 million.
Mets: Derek Lowe was reportedly unimpressed by their offer and will continue to look for more.
That's all for today. Drink up.