Brewers Considering External Rotation Candidates

Though the Brewers will likely call on one of their current pitchers to fill out their rotation, the team is monitoring arms that could become available on waivers or through trades, according to’s Adam McCalvy. GM Doug Melvin says he will “probably” fill the rotation from within.

"It's very difficult to make trades at this time of year because other teams are trying to preserve their depth,” Melvin said. “We're making a lot of calls."

Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, Melvin's two primary offseason acquisitions have had setbacks this spring. Greinke will miss at least one start with a cracked rib and Marcum has a stiff shoulder. The Brewers appeared to have depth early in the spring, but Mark Rogers (shoulder) and Manny Parra (back) have dealt with injuries as well.

The Brewers are not interested in Doug Davis, Oliver Perez or Kevin Millwood, according to McCalvy. Milwaukee has a full 40-man roster, which means they would have to remove a player from the roster to create space for a new addition. Internal rotation candidates Wily Peralta, Marco Estrada, Eulogio de la Cruz and Tim Dillard are among those on the roster.

90 Responses to Brewers Considering External Rotation Candidates Leave a Reply

  1. krosnest0713 4 years ago

    Do the internal rotation candidates. Perez give me a break, they would be better to pluck a fan from the stands and have them pitch. Millwood would take to much money. Davis to me is a question mark as well.
    It is not major injuries so why spend more money on things you dont need to do

  2. Rashomon 4 years ago

    The Twins have matched up with the Brewers in the past. Could happen again if they’re interested in Slowey.

    • TwinsVet 4 years ago

      I’m not sure the Brewers have the Double-A relief arm it would take for Bill Smith to part with another solid MLB-level starter…

  3. I’ll trade you Jake Peavy.

  4. Kawakami for a mil and one of the lesser-valued guys on the 40-man? Don’t have to worry about the slot then and get a living, breathing pitcher until the big guys are back.

  5. What happened to those two guys? Can’t be that serious…

  6. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    Pedro Martinez?

    Okay, joking, but what about Kevin Slowey or maybe James Shields?

    • brewersfan729 4 years ago

      We have nothing to give up to get pitchers the caliber of Slowey or Shields.

  7. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Sometimes the best thing to do, is nothing at all.

  8. powertech84 4 years ago

    My guess is when dm says he’s looking outside for help, he means he’s looking for players like he got from the yankees last year, what was his name again? The kid that gave up like 4 homeruns in an inning to the red sox.

    • Sam_Lee 4 years ago

      Chase something or something chase? I know who you mean though.

  9. Andy Mc 4 years ago

    Marc Rzepczynski?

  10. FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

    Marc Rzepczynski! Jesse Litsch! JoJo Reyes!

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      For what though? Their prospect cupboard is empty

      Unless AA wants to take a shot on Gamel, but so many scouts have projected him to not be able to stick at 3B

      • Gamel will replace the Prince. I think, I’m sure Gamel hopes so.

        • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

          How’s his defense at 3B?

          • Im not a Brewer fan but I know its BAD.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            well Jays already have Encarnacion to toss balls inaccurately from third. So there goes that…

            I just don’t see anything the Brewers can move, unless Gamel can give you 65% of what Fielder will and you use Fielder to fill other holes.

          • From what I hear, hes got a cannon. I think he has a iron glove to go with it.

          • Sam_Lee 4 years ago

            Ironically, Keith Law cited his weak arm as a reason he couldn’t be moved to the outfield, but yes he has a cannon. His glove isn’t the problem. Its the throws. He’s one of those guys who does things really well repeatedly and then reverts or something and well, you know.

  11. I realize players go to japan for reasons, but i was really hoping loe would get a shot to start before the trades. With saito taking the 8th and hawkings back and hopefully healthy, He would be my choice should the worst happen. Although, RR said a few weeks ago he is staying in the pen.

    • and that sinker is so downright nasty.

      • jmag043 4 years ago

        The guy has pitched well out of the pen but he just doesn’t have the repertoire to start. He still has a lot of value pitching 2 higher leverage relief innings and it would take him too long to get stretched out anyway.

  12. adropofvenom 4 years ago

    They’re probably looking at out-of-options types like Pat Misch…..

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 4 years ago

      That type of player makes sense for a short term solution. Why settle for the waiver claim money if you can get an actual fringe type of player for a discard?

      I wonder if they regret not keeping Capuano about now?

    • daveineg 4 years ago

      I would imagine the Mets will hold on to Misch, but he’d be a guy who’d fit what the Brewers need. If Mitre doesn’t make the Yankees rotation, he’d be another guy who’d make sense.

  13. jb226 4 years ago

    You should be permanently banned for this comment alone. Grow up or shut up.

  14. Guest 4 years ago

    Coming from someone who has expirenced what your implying, I don’t find this funny.

    • JacksTigers 4 years ago

      How was he not banned for making a joke about child abuse?

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        I think he removed it himself before the mods got to it. I’m just going to do my best to ignore him from now on, his whole act is getting tiresome

  15. Guest 4 years ago

    The Cubs will give you Silva–with Cashner and Wells performing and Looper for insurance we can afford to GIVE him away.

  16. jmag043 4 years ago

    We’re talking about 1-2 starts here. It’s not going to make or break a season. They’ve got the offense that even if Wily Peralta starts and gets shelled, they still have a chance in the game.

  17. Gamel is garbage I watched him at AAA two years ago in Nashville then managed to see him bat several times at miller park. Every scout says he can rake, yet I don’t see it. He dumb as a box of rocks. In nashville I managed to watch him trip over thrid base twice in one inning.

  18. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Nothing better than watching two homosexuals complain about a trade they BOTH have not control of.

  19. As has been mentioned previously, we’re talking about 1-2 starts that Greinke will miss. How can you seriously say that the season is coming undone? Marcum’s stiffness was minor and is already a non-issue and if he stays healthy for the majority of the season, they’re still in great shape. Greinke’s broken rib won’t be a nagging injury due to the nature of it, so I guess I don’t see where all the naysayers are coming from. 2 starts from Willy Peralta is not the end of the world, since they’re going to be against garbage teams (Nationals, Pirates) who the Brewers will explode against anyway and keep them in the game no matter how bad Peralta pitches.

    And worst case scenario, they lose those two games. Yep, better call it a season and trade the whole big league roster for prospects. Sigh.

  20. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    this again? after guys posted how sensitive the were about a comment like this yesterday, you have the gul to bring up social services and mock children who have to suffer child abuse??

    seriously whats wrong with you

  21. Oddly enough, the news on Utley seems to be getting worse by the day. The Brewers season is coming undone? Because Greinke and Marcum may miss a start or two? Have fun with a Valdez/Castillo platoon at 2B to go along with the Phillies platoons on both corner outfield spots. Wait, this is a Brewers thread?

    And that’s not enough for Braun. I say this without even knowing who the Phillies best 3 pitching prospects are.

  22. brewersfan729 4 years ago

    Are you high?

  23. “So it would appear that the Brewers 2011 season is coming undone.”

    No. No, it doesn’t. Unless you’re assuming that Greinke missing a few starts = ENTIRE SEASON FAIL!!!! OMG!!!

    People are crazy.

  24. Isnt Braun signed for another 4-5 years?

  25. Dominic Brown hasn’t even played a full season yet, and you think the Brewers would give up a proven player like Braun for him?

    Your top 3 pitching prospects are definitely not the same as they were before you gave up most of the farm to get Lee and Halladay. You’d need more to get Braun.

  26. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    “I just found a way to get Bonds & Griffey, & it wouldn’t even cost that much”

    You’re real opinion is equivalent to sitcom stupidity.

  27. The_BiRDS 4 years ago

    Have you seen Brauns currently contract?!?! There is not way in hell the Brewers will trade him away.

  28. powertech84 4 years ago

    This isn’t a serious post is it?

  29. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    until 2015, to a team friendly deal.

    but specifics and reason don’t apply to his posts.

  30. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    The brewers wouldn’t be able to replace his value for the price they pay him.

    He’s one of the biggest bang for bucks in all of the majors.

    He’s pretty much untradeable at this point.

  31. TartanElk 4 years ago

    Wouldn’t it just be uproarious if the Brewers traded for Longoria? That would just be peachy-keen.

  32. “2015”

    Nice.. The only teams I can think of that could swing a deal would be TB and KC.

    The only team that it makes sense for is TB. KC needs to keep everyone in the system.

  33. TartanElk 4 years ago

    Yes it is, he’s taking my idea for the new “ridiculous trades” meme seriously.

  34. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    It’s not really tampa’s M.O to move a boatload of prospects.

    It really would take like 3-4 top 100 prospects + 2 low level A prospects.

    The years, plus the money just make him so valuable. Too valuable to trade too valuable to acquire.

  35. “It’s not really tampa’s M.O to move a boatload of prospects.”

    Agreed, but Braun would be the exception. If for some reason he was put on the market(he wont), TB would be the logical fit. The only reason I say this because TB has a ungodly amount of picks in the draft and they could theoretically restock the farm in a day.

  36. Theoretically, I suppose so.

    But you have to consider that they’re in a division that features the Sox and Yankees, #1 and #2 in terms of payroll in all of baseball. That’s a bold risk to take for one player for 3 or 4 years, even one of Braun’s caliber and team-friendly(even for Tampa) cost.

    Not implying you didn’t already know that, just putting it out there.

  37. TartanElk 4 years ago


  38. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    The years, plus the money just make him so valuable. Too valuable to trade too valuable to acquire.

    learn to read

    He won’t be traded.

    Now “own it” Lunchbox45 troll

    You’re maturity level and intellect is impressive. Let me guess you, have a Justin Bieber hair cut don’t you?

  39. brewersnrays 4 years ago

    dude, just stop. at some point you have to realized you had a mistake and own it. the phrase “digging your own grave” comes to mind when one reads your posts.

  40. Lunchbox45 4 years ago


    Keep trying kiddo. Now run along and write your new blog entry about how the Phillies can acquire Pujols

  41. TartanElk 4 years ago

    Link me, I can’t find this cat.

  42. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    perhaps he’s thinking of YankeesFanSince78?

  43. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    You’re taking it out of context, just because that’s what it will cost doesn’t mean Brewers would actually accept it..

    Can you comprehend that notion or are you really such a phillies homer that you think every player in the league is accessible?

    I get stupider for conversing with you.

  44. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    “Everyone in the room is actually dumber having heard that.”

    -The Teacher from Billy Madison

  45. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    It’s like arguing with my 5 year old.

    I should ease up, I’m actually starting to feel bad.

  46. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    no wonder you got a beating from U.S Marshals.

    Can’t say I blame them, in fact if my tax dollars helped paid their salary I would say that’s a fine allocation of tax money

  47. Sam_Lee 4 years ago

    Keith Law likes them? I don’t think that is a strong indicator of future MLB success. I don’t think you know what you’re talking about when you suggest that a team completely reverses course and ends up selling off almost the entire roster which is what would go along with trading Braun to the Phillies.

  48. TartanElk 4 years ago

    Woah woah woah. Who got beat? What did I miss?

  49. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    And all this time I thought you were Canadian. Who woulda thunk it.

  50. jwredsox 4 years ago

    Lunchbox45 is clever. Now it has been said

  51. Oh yeah… look at that contract. Jeez… $4M… impressive. And he maxes out at $12M in 2015?

    Who is his agent?? More baseball players need to go to that guy. The Anti-Boras.

  52. Dunno man… your farm got rated middle of the pack towards the end of last year because your top tier pitching talent was at least 2 years away since you gave a bunch of it up to get those two.

  53. Guest 4 years ago

    I feel like I was told off with that exact same sentence on a blog about the abuse of booze by Jays fans by someone who enjoyed Ice Cream….. any correlation? If there is, someone has really increased their knowledge.

  54. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul

  55. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I’m not sure I follow?

    It’s from seinfield though. A Costanza classic

  56. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I have dual citizenship. I live in the US 4 months out of the year. I work for an American company, so I pay taxes to Canada 8 months and US 4 Months

  57. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I’m starting to feel like a creeper so I’m gonna stop now.

  58. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    hahaha don’t worry about it..

    It’s better than trying to figure out why anyone in the US would be a blue jay fan.

  59. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    He could be, but after my class I certainly will be

  60. Sam_Lee 4 years ago

    Has any team ever planned a long term rebuild – ever? The idea that they should give up on this season and next because they need a spot starter is silly.

  61. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    You made a mochary of children who have been abused. No one cares what you have to say anymore.

  62. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Ouch, Larry David, the multi millionaire is crushed that some prepubescent little runt with a blog and minimal baseball knowlegde hates him.. seriously, crushed.

  63. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    You made a comment aout Lunchbox’s son being abused. If anyone should be banned….

  64. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    lol coward.. can’t defend your words so you appeal to the mods to bail you out.

    If i have to do this until you stop posting, then so be it.

  65. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    “backed by scumbag moderators on this board”

    This should be enough to get you banned..

    FYI, mods here are great at cleaning things up and getting rid of the morons who mock children who’ve had to deal with parental abuse..

    Stay classy .

  66. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    difference is, I attack your point of view, your words, never personal..

    You can’t defend your words, because they are poorly formed and you’re immature..

    But its okay, you’ve sealed your own fate with your latest rampage, I’m positive you’ll be removed from this website by tomorrow..

  67. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    I suffered from what you are making a mockery of when I was younger. That problem has been resolved now, but the point is, you have just made a joke out of me and the other millions of children who are/have been abused.

  68. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    all big and tough to bring up my kids over the internet..

  69. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    You made a comment that personally attacked his kids and him. Leave.

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