Brewers May Not Be Able To Add Another Starter

The Brewers may be right up against their 2010 payroll limit according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, however GM Doug Melvin is still looking to upgrade his club.

"If we can [add another starter] we'd like to," Melvin said at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings. "We might not be able to. We're always looking to improve the club.

"We're trying to keep flexibility to do things. The worst thing you can do is lose flexibility. We still want to be aggressive but we can step back and look at the landscape, see what takes place with free agents and trades."

McCalvy notes that the club's free agent signings total a $21MM commitment for 2010, plus there's another $37MM or so tied up in players already on their roster. The team has seven players eligible for salary arbitration, and there's about $18MM budgeted for them. If they fill out their roster with players making close to the minimum, it'll push Melvin's club over their $80MM or so projected payroll.

Given Randy Wolf's price tag, the team may not be able to add the second starter they crave. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com said the Brewers will "almost certainly" sign one of Jon Garland, Doug Davis, or Jarrod Washburn, though they may have to make a move to free up some cash to sign one of them.


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69 Comments on "Brewers May Not Be Able To Add Another Starter"


coolstorybro222
5 years 7 months ago

That’s what you get when you offer a medicore pitcher way too much money

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah. Also this trade proposal has been bugging me. I know it won’t happen. Who do you think would reject this trade?
Jurrjens/Delgado/Cody Johnson for Braun.

Supermet
5 years 7 months ago

that’s too much for Braun

5 years 7 months ago

no way,terrible trade proposal. you have to add heyward and freeman then you can talk.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Dude, Heyward AND Freeman? C’mon. Jurrjens had like the fourth best ERA. Johnson had like 30+ homers in A+, and Randell Delgado is one of the Braves Best Prospects. This isn’t any system, this is the Braves system.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Dude, Heyward AND Freeman? C’mon. Jurrjens had like the fourth best ERA. Johnson had like 30+ homers in A+, and Randell Delgado is one of the Braves Best Prospects. This isn’t any system, this is the Braves system.

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

No chance you land Braun without Heyward. Unless you wanna add in Hanson.

His contract is insanely cheap and he’s one of the best hitting young outfielders in the National League. Acquiring a player like Braun is the type of deal that decimates your farm system.

Braun signed an EIGHT-YEAR extension that is worth only $45MM total. He’s locked up through 2015 at about $7MM annually, in other words.

The Braves traded Feliz, Andrus, Saltalamacchia, Harrison, and Beau Jones for 1.5 years of Mark Teixeira.

Think about what you’re proposing. Heyward, Freeman, and Jurrjens would be a starting point. Maybe.

It’s a moot point anyway, he’s got full no-trade protection through 2011.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

MAYBE you could add in Teahern and Freemen. That MIGHT seem fair. But that would not help the Braves overall.

Cosmo3
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, it’s mind-boggling how long and how little they’ve got Braun for. Considering his elite bat, he easily could have landed at least twice that much. With an 80 MM payroll, the Brewers will need Braun and his contract to compete every year. no way he gets traded

$1529282
5 years 7 months ago

No chance you land Braun without Heyward. Unless you wanna add in Hanson.

His contract is insanely cheap and he’s one of the best hitting young outfielders in the National League. Acquiring a player like Braun is the type of deal that decimates your farm system.

Braun signed an EIGHT-YEAR extension that is worth only $45MM total. He’s locked up through 2015 at about $7MM annually, in other words.

The Braves traded Feliz, Andrus, Saltalamacchia, Harrison, and Beau Jones for 1.5 years of Mark Teixeira.

Think about what you’re proposing. Heyward, Freeman, and Jurrjens would be a starting point. Maybe.

It’s a moot point anyway, he’s got full no-trade protection through 2011.

5 years 7 months ago

no way,terrible trade proposal. you have to add heyward and freeman then you can talk.

BrewCrewSuperFan
5 years 7 months ago

Braun isn’t going anywhere. Next question!

James_Rodney
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I agree that they gave Wolf way too much money.

James_Rodney
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I agree that they gave Wolf way too much money.

jamesrodney
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, They gave way too much to Wolf IMO. As for the trade proposal. I believe the Braves hang up, because we are just hoping Heyward will be our Braun, and then we keep Jurrjens.

CaptainCharisma
5 years 7 months ago

Obviously, if Melvin had been more responsible and didn’t give Suppan an atrocious contract…

5 years 7 months ago

I agree, I don’t have too much faith in Doug Melvin ability in Judging Major League Pitching

5 years 7 months ago

I agree, I don’t have too much faith in Doug Melvin ability in Judging Major League Pitching

CaptainCharisma
5 years 7 months ago

Obviously, if Melvin had been more responsible and didn’t give Suppan an atrocious contract…

jamesrodney
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, they gave Wolf way too much IMO. As far as the trade proposal goes, I believe the Braves hang up. They are just hoping that Heyward is their Braun and then they can keep Jurrjens.

jamesrodney
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, they gave Wolf way too much IMO. As far as the trade proposal goes, I believe the Braves hang up. They are just hoping that Heyward is their Braun and then they can keep Jurrjens.

LUVCUBSGO
5 years 7 months ago

That’s a shame because they really need some pitching if they want to compete with the Cubs this season.

The Cardinals got a little bit better by signing Holliday but now they can’t afford Pujols anymore. This is how I see the division right now.

1. Cubs
2. Cardinals
3. Brewers
4. Reds
5. Pirates
6. Astros

nemss
5 years 7 months ago

Are you serious? The Cubs are not even in the same league as the Cards are right now. The Cubs have a lot of dead money contracts, not to mention trading one horrible contract for an even worse contract this offseason.

As far as the Pujols situation goes, he has stated numerous times that he is not wanting to go anywhere else. There is still two years left on his current deal, more than enough time to work out an extension. Cards ownership has stated that they are willing to adjust payroll for whatever Pujols wants. He isn’t going anywhere, much to the chagrin of the east coast pundits, and Chicago Cubs fans.

nemss
5 years 7 months ago

Are you serious? The Cubs are not even in the same league as the Cards are right now. The Cubs have a lot of dead money contracts, not to mention trading one horrible contract for an even worse contract this offseason.

As far as the Pujols situation goes, he has stated numerous times that he is not wanting to go anywhere else. There is still two years left on his current deal, more than enough time to work out an extension. Cards ownership has stated that they are willing to adjust payroll for whatever Pujols wants. He isn’t going anywhere, much to the chagrin of the east coast pundits, and Chicago Cubs fans.

mateodh
5 years 7 months ago

Where have you been the last 15 months?

mateodh
5 years 7 months ago

Where have you been the last 15 months?

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Dude the Cards have Carp, Wainright, Loshe (if he can bounce back). The rest is a question though. But that lineup consists of Pujols, Holliday, Ludwick, Schmaker, Molina. The Cubs have more depth, but that linup and pen are HUGE question marks.

Alldaybaseball
5 years 7 months ago

Dude the Cards have Carp, Wainright, Loshe (if he can bounce back). The rest is a question though. But that lineup consists of Pujols, Holliday, Ludwick, Schmaker, Molina. The Cubs have more depth, but that linup and pen are HUGE question marks.

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 7 months ago

Gotta love Cubs fans thinking their team is atop the standings no matter how miserable their team is. Tell me how the baby bears got any better from last season to jump up the standings all the way to #1 in 2010? Cubs won’t even be in the wild card chase this season let alone the NL Central race. Sad to say the Cards run away with it again, unless the Crew can figure out a way to get another starter. BTW if they don’t…Wolf wasn’t enough for me to renew my season tickets. Good luck hittin 3mil again this year with little to no improvement Dougie.

jb226
5 years 7 months ago

You know what amuses me more than Cubs fans thinking they have a good team? Arm-chair pundits who claim that essentially the same team most analysts picked to win the Central easily last year is now “miserable” because they played poorly.

People can’t have it both ways. Either the Cubs were an awful team that got what they deserved last year, and thus they will be awful again with essentially no improvement over the offseason–making every analyst who ever said they were good completely and utterly wrong–or they’re a good team who played awful and they’re highly likely to improve.

Or let’s put exactly the same situation to you as a Brewers fan: Do you really think the Brewers are a sub-.500 team? ‘Cause if so, you’re roughly a .500 team now with your offseason. I don’t believe that about the Brewers and I don’t believe it about the Cubs.

Seven of the eight Cubs everyday starters played well below their career marks (though admittedly two of those had little in the way of career makes to judge on). They’re highly likely to improve just by doing nothing. I don’t think they win the division, and I say that as a fan–I think the Cardinals are still a better team, and while I hate the money and the years I do think Holliday fits in well on their club.

But I don’t think it’s a blowout either. Their starting pitching behind Carpenter and Wainwright doesn’t impress me, and neither does their bullpen. Essentially the same goes for the Brewers and the Cubs. If people play more like they’re capable of playing on ALL the teams, I don’t see any reason the NL Central isn’t a three-team race the majority of the year. And if not, well… if you can predict that in advance I suggest you take up sports gambling, because clearly you’re able to make a lot of money.

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

Carpenter is never a guarantee to go a full season. Injury to his elbow and shoulder and your hopes that Losche and Penny have big years are more like desperate needs.

That said, I still think they win the division, but not by much.

losingfaithinmightymelvin
5 years 7 months ago

Gotta love Cubs fans thinking their team is atop the standings no matter how miserable their team is. Tell me how the baby bears got any better from last season to jump up the standings all the way to #1 in 2010? Cubs won’t even be in the wild card chase this season let alone the NL Central race. Sad to say the Cards run away with it again, unless the Crew can figure out a way to get another starter. BTW if they don’t…Wolf wasn’t enough for me to renew my season tickets. Good luck hittin 3mil again this year with little to no improvement Dougie.

firealyellon
5 years 7 months ago

did Pujols die in a knife fight last night?

LUVCUBSGO
5 years 7 months ago

That’s a shame because they really need some pitching if they want to compete with the Cubs this season.

The Cardinals got a little bit better by signing Holliday but now they can’t afford Pujols anymore. This is how I see the division right now.

1. Cubs
2. Cardinals
3. Brewers
4. Reds
5. Pirates
6. Astros

jamesrodney
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry for all the post’s that said the same thing. Still trying to figure this thing out.

jamesrodney
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry for all the post’s that said the same thing. Still trying to figure this thing out.

nemss
5 years 7 months ago

Seriously? The Cubs are better than the Cardinals? You have to be joking. The Cubs traded away one horrible contract for an even worse contract, and have a lot of dead weight contracts. The Cubs blew payroll three years ago when they went on a spending binge, and are now paying the price.

As far as the Pujols situation goes, there are still two years for the Cardinals to work out a deal with Albert. He isn’t going anywhere.

nemss
5 years 7 months ago

Seriously? The Cubs are better than the Cardinals? You have to be joking. The Cubs traded away one horrible contract for an even worse contract, and have a lot of dead weight contracts. The Cubs blew payroll three years ago when they went on a spending binge, and are now paying the price.

As far as the Pujols situation goes, there are still two years for the Cardinals to work out a deal with Albert. He isn’t going anywhere.

Supermet
5 years 7 months ago

Hey, so sorry, but let’s go and start trading Prince and Braun to the Mets.

Supermet
5 years 7 months ago

Hey, so sorry, but let’s go and start trading Prince and Braun to the Mets.

sbmke
5 years 7 months ago

Suppan was a signing in part pushed by a new owner wanting to make a splash and in part by a pressing need in an inflated market. For a while the Brewers were weighing Matt Clement and Suppan against each other but the consensus was that Clement was aiming too high.

Agree that Suppan is a dud, but the context of the timeframe during which he was signed tells more of the story than pointing fingers at Melvin for a judgement call.

sbmke
5 years 7 months ago

Suppan was a signing in part pushed by a new owner wanting to make a splash and in part by a pressing need in an inflated market. For a while the Brewers were weighing Matt Clement and Suppan against each other but the consensus was that Clement was aiming too high.

Agree that Suppan is a dud, but the context of the timeframe during which he was signed tells more of the story than pointing fingers at Melvin for a judgement call.

nemss
5 years 7 months ago

sorry for the basic double post, my charter connection is killing me today.