Poll: Brewers made right decisions on Hart, Morrison, Loney

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Voters in our tracking poll say the Brewers still need to upgrade at first base, but made the right decision passing up these three options.

This week's Brew Crew Ball Tracking Poll was open from noon Monday through Tuesday and received 227 responses. Here are some notable results:

  • A majority of voters say the Brewers did not make a mistake by failing to offer more for first basemen James Loney (71%), Logan Morrison (69%) and Corey Hart (54%).
  • However, 51% of voters said they still believe the Brewers need to find a way to improve at first base but feel they'll be unable to do so.
  • 53% of voters approve of the decision to trade Norichika Aoki to the Royals for Will Smith.
  • Doug Melvin's approval rating is currently at 52%, down from 63% in September.
  • 35% of voters expect the Brewers to win between 81-85 games in 2014, while another 35% have them winning 76-80.

Full results are below.

Do you approve of the Brewers' decision to trade outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Royals for pitcher Will Smith?

Response Votes %
Yes 121 53%
No 70 31%
Undecided 36 16%

The Mariners recently signed first baseman Corey Hart to a one-year contract worth $6 million plus incentives, while the Brewers were believed to be offering a $4 million contract with incentives. Did the Brewers make a mistake by not offering more?

Response Votes %
Yes 85 37%
No 122 54%
Undecided 20 9%

The Mariners recently acquired first baseman Logan Morrison from the Marlins for reliever Carter Capps. Did the Brewers make a mistake by not offering more?

Response Votes %
Yes 49 22%
No 157 69%
Undecided 21 9%

The Rays recently re-signed first baseman James Loney to a three-year, $21 million contract. Did the Brewers make a mistake by not offering more?

Response Votes %
Yes 47 21%
No 162 71%
Undecided 18 8%

Do the Brewers still need to find a way to improve at first base? If so, do you think they will?

Response Votes %
Yes, they still need to improve, and I believe they will. 81 36%
Yes, they still need to improve, but I don't believe they will. 115 51%
No, they don't need to improve, but I believe they will anyway. 15 7%
No, they don't need to improve, and I don't think they will. 6 3%
Undecided 10 4%

Do you approve of the job Doug Melvin is doing as General Manager of the Brewers?

Response Votes % Prev* Diff
Yes 118 52% 63% -11%
No 59 26% 24% +2%
Undecided 50 22% 13% +9%

How many games do you expect the Brewers to win in 2014?

Response Votes %
101 or more 3 1%
96-100 1 0%
91-95 6 3%
86-90 20 9%
81-85 79 35%
76-80 80 35%
71-75 31 14%
70 or fewer 7 3%
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