Brewers Targeting Free Agent Shortstops

The Brewers are looking for an upgrade over shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and are combing the open market for a solution.  While it remains a longshot, the team sources make it sound as though they are more likely to land Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins than re-sign Prince Fielder, tweets Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com.

Meanwhile, GM Doug Melvin is doing his due diligence by talking with Rollins' agent Dan Lozano, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (via Twitter).  The club is also set to meet with the agent for Clint Barmes today and the shortstop has quite a bit of buzz around him at the Milwaukee meetings.  The Astros and Brewers are among the many teams after him and the Dodgers were also in the mix before signing Mark Ellis, tweets Jon Heyman of SI.


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29 Comments on "Brewers Targeting Free Agent Shortstops"


3 years 9 months ago

I think Rollins would be best combination of cost/productivity if it’s only a 3year deal…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

It’d have to be 4-5, 3 years probably puts him back in Philly. (unless the Brewers offer a ton of cash over those 3 years.

3 years 9 months ago

I see Rollins, if leaves the Sillies, going to Oakland or San Fran.
I do not see him as a Brewer.

twenty1thirteen
3 years 9 months ago

“The Brewers are looking for an upgrade over shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.” Redundant statement of the year.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

half the guys who post on mlbtr are an upgrade at short over betancourt

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 9 months ago

I would be happy with a guy like Barmes, and use the extra cash to lock up some of that pitching the Brewers have. 

fxx3605
3 years 9 months ago

but yuney is a top 5 ss!

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

In no little league is Yuni a top 5 ss.  Let alone the National League.

And yes, I know you were kidding.

3 years 9 months ago

I think Rollins would take the deal if the Brewers offered him a Jeter-like deal.. “3yr 55mill”

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

This is a team that Boston could package Jed Lowrie to, along with more of their prospects if they only had desirable pitching other than their not for trade Greinke and Gallardo.

Rollins will not be worth much in another couple of years and other than Reyes, the SS market is a barren cupboard.. It is a real shame, cause they have a need and Boston for a change has a SS surplus.

cvollbrecht
3 years 9 months ago

I could see a package for Lowrie that involved Marcum or Wolf. I think that it would require some more on Bostons end, but its a good starting point.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

It is possible Marcum could be a tarde target for Lowrie and a start. I doubt Boston would have much interest in Lilly however.

Yeah, I meant that Lowrie would just be a start and piece of a package by Boston for a proven SP. He started out on fire (again) last year but tailed off when he got hurt and tried to play through it which has become a bad habit.

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

Just say no to Jed Lowrie.  I’ve had enough terrible defense at ss.  At least he can hit, but I’d much rather have a Barmes type.  Slick fielder, decent/bad hitter.

j6takish
3 years 9 months ago

Does Lowrie come with a stretcher?

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

Correct in a way. Lowrie is much, much better at both 2b and 3b, but can play SS. His range is not the best, tho his hands are good.

I imagine he would be a superb upgrade defensively over what Milwaukee HAD at SS and cost just a fraction would be the upside.

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

Well, he’s an upgrade.  But he’s not who I want playing ss for my team.  I’d like to have him to play ss 10 games a year and 3b for about 100.  No way he’s a major part of a Marcum deal from my standpoint though.  And I know the Red Sox might only get Marcum for a year, so I see it from their viewpoint as well.  I don’t know that two teams that are trying to contend are a great match.  Particularly when one doesn’t have any prospects.

johnsilver
3 years 9 months ago

I would not say Boston has no prospects there.. Lavarnway and his superb offensive bat, Ranaudo, Middlebrooks as just a start.. Not to mention several at the lower levels.

They gave up a ton in the AGone deal, but the well is far from dry and the Sox farm system has been a machine ever since John Henry purchased them.

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

I was talking about the brewers. Thought that was obvious.

Sage
3 years 9 months ago

I agree, Boston and Milwaukee are natural fits here, with our need for a SS, and our potential ability to sacrifice a starter. I could see a Randy Wolf or Chris Narveson for Jed Lowrie plus a bit more on Boston’s end. I don’t think we’ll be shipping out Marcum so quickly, as someone else had suggested, but Wolf or Narveson would probably be possible.

3 years 9 months ago

Lowrie for Narveson or Wolf would be nice.  Wolf is marginally better, but more expensive.   That’s a fair deal.  Milwaukee would probably love to move Wolf.  But Melvin knows a team like Milwaukee needs more than 5 MLB quality SP.  They barely have 4.

slasher016
3 years 9 months ago

If they hadn’t dumped J.J. Hardy, they wouldn’t be in this situation.

CyYoungSuppan
3 years 9 months ago

If hindsight wasn’t 20/20, this comment wouldn’t exist.

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

They also wouldn’t have Zack Grienke………..so I think that worked out fine.

slasher016
3 years 9 months ago

Not sure about that, yeah the Royals really wanted to dump Yuni, but I’m sure they still would have worked out a deal.

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

I doubt they take Escobar without seeing him in the majors.  And he was the most important piece in that deal (or 2nd to Odorizzi).  That’s all I was saying.

3 years 9 months ago

IF the Brewers held on to Nelson Cruz, they would have won the WS.

bobskube
3 years 9 months ago

Hart was as good or better than Cruz this year. The problem was the left side of the infield. With even an average ss and 3b, the Brewers would’ve had a legit shot.

Edit: Obviously not in the playoffs though. Which was your point. My bad.

hallwagner
3 years 9 months ago

NO! start jerry hairston jr. 😛

osiris13
3 years 9 months ago

I’m sorry, was the talk about Jed Lowrie commanding a major league starting pitcher (ANY major league starting pitcher) in return serious or hyperbole?  Sarcasm can be difficult to detect on message boards.