NL Central Notes: Garza, DeWitt, Jocketty, Brewers

The Pirates have agreed to acquire A.J. Burnett from the Yankees in exchange for two minor league prospects and cash, though the trade won't be finalized until Burnett passes a physical and the commissioner's office signs off on the $20MM the Yanks are sending to Pittsburgh to help cover Burnett's salary.

Here's more news from around the NL Central…

  • Matt Garza was mum about the possibility of a multiyear deal between he and the Cubs.  “I don’t talk about that,” Garza told MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. “That’s between my agent and myself, and my agent and the front office. If they want to contact us, whatever way it works, is great. My main focus is getting ready for April 5 and having fun again.”
  • Also from Muskat, the Cubs are still waiting on Blake DeWitt's status.  DeWitt was designated for assignment on February 6, and if he clears waivers, he can either choose free agency or join the Cubs as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.  
  • Since becoming the Reds' general manager, Walt Jocketty has re-acquired several players that he originally acquired when he was the Cardinals' GM, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • The Brewers are already over budget for 2012, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Haudricourt discussed several Brewers-related topics as part of this chat with fans.


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23 Comments on "NL Central Notes: Garza, DeWitt, Jocketty, Brewers"


3 years 6 months ago

Hit FA Dewitt!! would love for the braves to pick him up….insurance is good even though Dewitt is below replacement value

michaelinla
3 years 6 months ago

“. . .between him and the Cubs. . .”

mike_tink
3 years 6 months ago

How about the nearly as ridiculous “between my agent and myself” said by Garza. Object words will soon disappear from English. Thanks for your above post.

michaelinla
3 years 6 months ago

“. . .between him and the Cubs. . .”

3 years 6 months ago

Go to the Orioles Blake and Share in my Misery.
I would be happy at least. To Heck with the Cubs!

3 years 6 months ago

Go to the Orioles Blake and Share in my Misery.
I would be happy at least. To Heck with the Cubs!

berad373
3 years 6 months ago

Hey tuna great job on the guilty till proven innocent. Keep working towards that law degree, if only more judges shared your philosophy!!

3 years 6 months ago

Ryan Braun is a CHEATER, plain and simple. He is also a liar and a coward. Just stand up and admit it, so you can move on. Quit trying to make up lame excuses, lol. Especially a STD, that is a new one.. Do not wait 5 years like all the other cheaters have. Sorry Brewers, but the loss of Fielder and the cheating of Braun has to be the worst offseason ever.. I feel for ya.

3 years 6 months ago

Happy trolling!

3 years 6 months ago

Braun admitted to the performance enhancing drugs, but it was a drug prescribed by his doctor It did not affect his performance like steroids would have but the drug is in his contract description stating that he can’t use it, and no I’m not a brewers fan.

Theo Epstein
3 years 6 months ago

You folks have to remember if you have a legit script from a doctor you can take anything you want as long as you inform MLB. Scott eyre was taking Ritalin which is a banned stimulant but he had it approved by MLB. Not a problem. Braun is screwed even if he ha a legit medical reason. He did not inform MLB and that puts him in violation. Cheater or not I will make that call when and if the full story comes out.

3 years 6 months ago

Braun admitted to the performance enhancing drugs, but it was a drug prescribed by his doctor It did not affect his performance like steroids would have but the drug is in his contract description stating that he can’t use it, and no I’m not a brewers fan.

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

And the Cardinals would want to sign him because?

scott brecht
3 years 6 months ago

how does one “group up” a cardinal fan?

Tyler
3 years 6 months ago

Remember Alex Cora? lol

jhfdssdaf
3 years 6 months ago

I wouldn’t expect either Cora or DeWitt to make the team.  Shumaker is (unfortunately) the starting second baseman, Greene is out of options, and Descalco has the flexibility to also play SS, which DeWitt lacks.

Again, why would the Cardinals sign DeWitt?  Minor league deal, sure, but he’s going to be signed to a major league deal somewhere, and the Cardinals have no need for him.

BarrelMan
3 years 6 months ago

That’s really insightful.

BarrelMan
3 years 6 months ago

That’s really insightful.

3 years 6 months ago

Yeah that $2 million of the $6 million he’s set to earn is gonna be huge. That is, of course, if he was actually cheating. I haven’t heard the arbitrator’s decision yet though, so I’m glad for you that you have inside sources that have informed you and nobody else. High five to you.

berad373
3 years 6 months ago

Ok, fair enough I guess, but what will you say when or in your thinking “if” he is found not guilty? Unless things have changed A) We are innocent till proven guilty. B) This whole process is supposed to be confidential. And C) If it had been confidential as it is supposed to be and he was found innocent none of this would have ever been known. And as far as fake MVP, pretty sure he rally won and even if he is guilty, Canseco, Caminiti, Rodriguez, Clemens to name a few never lost their awards so…. 

jmag043
3 years 6 months ago

You are wrong on so many levels a response is not even worthwhile.

rayking
3 years 6 months ago

Agreed that the Cards have no need for DeWitt. But Skip is not the starting 2B. A Greene and Descalso 2B platoon seems likely with Skip filling the backup CF role, based on offseason comments from Mozeliak.

jmag043
3 years 6 months ago

Braun is easily an average or AT worst slightly below average left fielder. Do you even watch the games? How is Aramis Ramirez a downgrade at 3b for the brewers? HE is replacing Casey mcgehee who struggled to keep his OPS above 600 most of the season. He was also a terrible defensive 3b because he has no range.