Some things to read while benefitting from a double standard.
So how do you solve a problem like the 2013 Brewers? I suppose you could start with a position-by-position breakdown of what's left on the roster. Frank Clines and Art Kumbalek did that for Shepherd Express.
Then you could grade some players from your current roster: BCB voters gave the Brewer outfielders a B for their performance in the 2013 season, and JP would now like your help grading the bench. Meanwhile, Justin Schultz of Reviewing the Brew gave Rob Wooten a C- for his debut season.
You could also, I suppose, reach back to the glory days. Dave Radcliffe of Yahoo wonders if Casey McGehee could come back from Japan and rejoin the Brewers for 2014.
Before you do that, though, you'd better figure out your budget. MLB Trade Rumors is projecting it would cost the Brewers $7 million to hold onto their three arbitration-eligible players: Marco Estrada, Burke Badenhop and Juan Francisco. The trio combined to make just over $4 million in 2013.
Then you could consider some free agents: Noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs wants your help projecting the free agent contract of Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.
Back in Milwaukee, the Brewers didn't have very many wins in 2013, but at least they had one of the season's most exciting victories: Shane Tourtellotte of The Hardball Times ranks the Brewers' August 16 win over the Reds (on Jonathan Lucroy's walkoff homer) as the season's fourth best game.
Jim Henderson didn't pitch in that game, but he did close out 28 Brewer wins in 2013. BCB voters ranked him as 2013's sixth most valuable Brewer, and you can see his profile here. The voting for the #7 spot will remain open until noon today.
In the minors:
- Jason Rogers went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs in Surprise's 9-2 win over Salt River in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. Here's the box score.
- Looking back another day, Jake Seiner of MiLB.com talked to Taylor Jungmann about his three scoreless innings in the AFL on Monday.
- Mitch Haniger got the day off yesterday but has been on a major hot streak in the AFL's first week. Yesterday he was named co-player of the week.
- Marc Hulet of FanGraphs has a recap of the 2013 season in the Brewer organization.
- Baseball America released their list of the top 20 prospects from the 2013 Pacific Coast League yesterday, but no Brewers were on it.
Meanwhile, last night's NLCS game took a late turn that probably felt familiar to fans of the 2013 Brewers. With his team trailing 4-2 in the seventh inning Dodgers infielder Nick Punto doubled...and was promptly picked off second base. Tom Tango has a statistical look at the TOOTBLAN.
Ok, that was fun. Here are today's real links, in the order listed above:
- Shepherd Express position-by-position breakdown.
- BCB Community Report Card: Outfield Grade & Bench Vote - Outfield was B
- Grading The Brewers: Rob Wooten - Justin Schultz says C-
- Dave Radcliffe on Casey McGehee.
- Brewers 2014 Arbitration Projection: $7 million - Brew Crew Ball
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Ubaldo Jimenez | FanGraphs Baseball
- The Hardball Times' list of 2013's most exciting games.
- MVBrewers #6: Jim Henderson - Brew Crew Ball
- MVBrewers: Vote for #7 - Brew Crew Ball
- Box score from Surprise's AFL win.
- Jake Seiner of MiLB.com talks to Taylor Jungmann.
- Brewers prospect Mitch Haniger named Arizona Fall League Co-Player of Week | Don Ketchum
- A Minor Review of 2013: Brewers | FanGraphs Baseball
- Baseball America Releases Top 20 PCL Prospects List for 2013 - Brew Crew Ball
- Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with Matt Reynolds.
- Walt Weiss, Rockies agree on 3-year extension - Purple Row
- Tom Tango on Nick Punto's TOOTBLAN.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going back to being self-righteous.