I was thinking about our good buddy Braden Looper and the 2010 Brewers in general. Even though it would cost us $1 million to un-invite him back for 2010 (the mutual option is not a free option, thanks Doug), I think it's safe to say that most people around these parts would prefer to be Looper-free next season. Although that might seem obvious to us, given the lack of feasible options on the free agent market, I think Doug Melvin is seriously toying with bringing him back.
This is where you come in. Doug has been at the helm for the past seven years, and by now, I think I have a fix (sort of) on how he thinks. Putting aside what you think he should do, what do you think he'll actually do this offseason to "improve" the 2010 Brewers? Looper is a good starting point, but there are a lot of decisions he'll have to make: Weeks, Lopez, Cameron, Hardy, McGehee, not to mention the search for pitching and the future of our interim pitching coach.
So have at it. Give Doug a vacation this offseason but telling him what he's going to do before he does it.