Well my fellow Brewer brethren, after the 82nd embarrassment, the general mood is to sell. I've been beating the "sell:" drum for a few weeks now, but I'm guessing most of Brewer Nation is there now. I'm hoping Doug and Mark aren't hoping to still put a competitive team on the field. I don't want to see what we have squandered in the off season on a few draft picks in what projects to be a weak draft.
I feel that this team has to sell now if it wants to remain competitive over the next few years. Sorry, Greinke is out after this year. K-Rod is long gone. The minor leagues are not great at the upper levels. The answer is obvious. The great thing is that a bunch of teams are looking. Lucky for the Brewers, these teams have excellent talent for us to obtain.
Greinke and K-Rod to TEX- Melvin has received calls on both these guys. There is A LOT of inquiries. I feel this is the best move to procure talent. If Melvin sends both Greinke and K-Rod to the Rangers, with money and possibly a prospect, it is possible that we could get Profar and maybe Olt in return. Both Olt and Profar are blocked at the ML level, and Texas is hungry for a World Series win. Even if we can't land Profar, Texas is stacked with talent. Either way, this is a great move for the crew.
Hart and Estrada to NY/BAL/LAD- All of these teams are in need of a big bat and a fifth starter. Hart is good as gone after 2013, and Estrada will be the odd man out after this year. I do believe the Yankees would give up Banuelos, but at what cost to the Brewers? Baltimore has Machado, who is also blocked at the ML level by former Brewer J.J. Hardy, and looks to be a better SS than Profar. I doubt the Orioles would part ways with Dylan Bundy, but it doesn't hurt to ask. His older brother doesn't look like a bad option, but would need more than just him. LA would be a great fit, but might not be willing to give up Lee or Eovaldi. As with any of these teams, see what you'll get and sell to the best offer.
Kottaras to NY- Maldonado has shown himself to be immensely more valuable that George. The Yankees are looking for a capable catcher in the worst way. I know Kottaras won't bring much in trade value, but better than nothing. Maybe we can net a bullpen arm.
As for the others, I think Marcum is more valuable to try and resign. A cheaper arm, that has great stuff, with a bit of injury concern is ok with me. With the rest of the core players intact, I think this team has a great shot at 2014 and beyond. Unfortunately, if the Brewers hold on to our short term valuable players, I think we are looking at another long stretch of suckitude.