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Wrap-up work on the 2011 season continued yesterday, as Doug Melvin held his end-of-season press conference. John Steinmiller has a collection of quotes from the Brewer GM, who mentioned the following:
- He won't commit to a plan one way or the other regarding Yuniesky Betancourt and his $6 million club option for 2012.
- He did, however, show interest in retaining Jerry Hairston Jr.
- It sounds like they're also going to consider retaining LaTroy Hawkins and/or Takashi Saito.
- Moving Corey Hart to first base to replace Prince Fielder is "not an option he'd consider." (FanShot)
- He talked up the minor league system, and made a somewhat erroneous point regarding Jonathan Lucroy and Alcides Escobar.
- He thinks Michael Fiers has a shot to make the 2012 rotation.
- He's not worried about Shaun Marcum, characterizing his struggles as a slump.
- He hasn't started meeting with coaches or Ron Roenicke yet, and it sounds like he won't until after the playoffs.
One topic that didn't appear to come up was Prince Fielder: Colin Fly of the AP says he declined to answer questions on the free agent-to-be.
Melvin also sat down to talk with Peter Gammons of MLB Network yesterday. You can see the video of their conversation here.
Offseason previews continue today: Nick Prill of The Brewers Bar has a look at what the Brewers need to do this winter.
Prince Fielder is unlikely to win the NL MVP award, so I guess he'll have to settle for this as a consolation prize: He's currently leading the voting by 5% in the race to be named Dayn Perry's "Good, Round Friend." Here's today's collection of notes on his free agency:
- Colin Fly says the Brewers really can't afford to re-sign Fielder unless they make significant moves to dump payroll or raise the budget over $100 million. Rickie Weeks' 2012 raise is almost $7 million.
- Roch Kubatko of MASN doesn't think the Orioles will be serious candidates to sign him.
- Don Mattingly says the Dodgers need a big bat, but doubts they'll be in the market for one.
- Venom Strikes says the Diamondbacks also should not be interested.
Elsewhere in players likely to be looking for a new home this winter: Yuniesky Betancourt made McCovey Chronicles' list of 2011's scariest free agents.
Craig Counsell is also going to be a free agent, but will likely retire. Todd Rosiak suggests the Brewers would love it if he remained part of the organization in a coaching or front office role.
Yovani Gallardo has been pitching in a key role for the Brewers for a while now, so we sometimes forget he's still pretty young. Royals Review listed him 14th on their list of the top 60 major leaguers under age 26.
Ron Roenicke took a lot of heat last week for the decision to start Mark Kotsay in center field (and deservedly so), but this is worth noting: Even after Mike Napoli's two run shot last night. Kotsay is still one of just three visiting players to hit a home run in St. Louis this postseason.
In the minors:
- BPSports.net has an interesting story today on 2011 Huntsville Star/Nashville Sound/Peoria Javelina Daniel Meadows and his faith. (h/t @Mass_Haas)
- Scooter Gennett had a big day in Arizona yesterday, picking up three hits in Peoria's 6-3 win over Phoenix. You can read about that and more in today's Winter League Notes.
- Baseball America is reporting the Brewers have re-signed veteran catcher Dayton Buller to a minor league deal. He split the 2011 season as a backup catcher between Huntsville and Nashville.
- Planning on carving a baseball-related pumpkin this Halloween? Then you might want to enter it in the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' contest.
If you've seen a copy of yesterday's Journal Sentinel, then you already know that the Brewers took out a full page ad to thank fans for their support this season.
Yankees: The team plans to decline pitcher Damaso Marte's club option for 2012.
I only caught a couple of innings of last night's World Series game, so I missed this the first time: If you're a Cardinals fan looking to troll on national television, you should probably know that Nyjer is spelled with a J (FanShot).
Today in former Brewers: Former Brewer Sean Berry and former Brewer hitting coach Butch Wynegar are on the list of five candidates that have interviewed for the Padres' hitting coach vacancy.
Looking for a fun offseason hobby? You could always start making pie charts. Seems to be working for Carson Cistulli.
Looking for a job for next summer? Major League Baseball is looking for applicants to spend the 2012 season in the MLB Fan Cave.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to draw the line.