So, as you all know the Brewers
have been relatively quiet so far this offseason. Although, the rumors are piling up: Josh Hamilton
, Ryan Dempster
, etc. I would not want them to sign Dempster; he's on the back end of his career and unlikely to pitch like he did last year. I love Josh Hamilton but he is too getting older and too expensive for a small market team like Milwaukee to break the bank on.
So with that being said, here are some moves I would make if I were in Doug Melvin's position:
1. Trade Hart - I like Hart but given his contract, I think the Brewers would get more value from trading him then keeping him. One team I see as a potenital fit is the Angels
. If they can't sign Greinke they will need a plan B. Hart is definitely an upgrade over Vernon Wells
. Two players that interest me are hard throwing lefty Drew Taylor and Luis Jimenez. He looks like a future Aramis to me.
2. Starting Pitcher - None of the free agent starters interest me other than Greinke, so I would look the trade route. Two names that come to mind are Matt Garza
and Jorge DelaRosa. I would be willing to give up a package centered around Thornburg for either pitcher. We definitely need a number two behind Gallardo. I would love to get Dickey or Shields but something tells me their asking price would be sky high.
3. Bullpen - Please Doug, sign J.P. Howell
. He is underrated and is really good. Next, I would sign a backup closer, either Brian Wilson
, Brett Myers
, Matt Lindstrom
, Matt Capps
4. Bench - Ty Wigginton
and a left handed bat with power (Giambi, Thome, Ibanez)
Here is the hypothetical lineup and roster: