GM Doug Melvin mentioned it back in January and principal owner Mark Attanasio has now confirmed it: The Brewers have reached their payroll limit and aren't likely to add a major free agent this offseason.
"When I first bought the team, it was like, 'Are you ever going to get to 40 [million dollars]?'" said Attanasio, who purchased the team following the 2004 season, when the Brewers spent just shy of $28 million on players. "Now, we're arguing between 82 and 79... There is the potential that prices will continue to come down and somebody may fall, but we don't want to count on that, because there's no way of knowing."