Doug Melvin Rumors
Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel got word from Brewers GM Doug Melvin that the team is not prepared to go into "selling mode" as the August 31 waiver deadline approaches. The Brewers have fallen to 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the NL Central. Says Melvin:
"Teams aren’t interested in giving up good players at this point on waiver claims...I don’t see getting anything back in return that would make it worth doing."
Haudricourt mentions Mike Cameron, Jason Kendall and Trevor Hoffman as pieces that could potentially attract teams. Cameron is the most expensive of the three, with a base salary of $10MM this season and a number of incentives that are likely to vest before he's a free agent after this year. He seems like a piece that could have some value to other teams as the deadline approaches and represents a solid chunk of salary that could ease up Melvin's payroll.
Links for Wednesday...
- You can hear me on Lenny Melnick's radio show at about 7:15pm CST.
- The Marlins could be an interesting long shot for Raul Ibanez, but he'd have to leave significant money on the table.
- Indians manager Eric Wedge really wants the team to bring in a closer.
- George King likes Jason Giambi for the Rays; Cork Gaines imagines the negotiations.
- Jesse Spector talking to Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who wasn't in a revealing mood.
- Tony Massarotti expects the Red Sox to make a huge offer to Mark Teixeira.
- Padres outfielder Brian Giles doesn't expect to be traded this winter. If the team is in the tank next summer he might approve a deal, perhaps contingent on a contract extension.
- Jacob Jackson says Kevin Towers has handled the Jake Peavy negotiations poorly so far.
- Former Reds GM Wayne Krivsky could end up in Baltimore's front office.
- Bernie Williams is still not ready to retire.
- Derrick Goold believes the Cardinals have $17-21MM to spend.
- At least six clubs are in on Joe Beimel. The Tigers are one, while the Cardinals, Rockies, and Mets may be others.
Doug Melvin is the latest entry in our GM Trade History series. Click here to download the Excel spreadsheet chronicling his work as GM of the Rangers and Brewers. Thanks to Brendan Bianowicz for putting this together.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers have decided to let interim manager Dale Sveum go after his 12-day tenure following Ned Yost's firing.
GM Doug Melvin, however, has been extended for three years.
According to Haudricourt, the Brewers are considering Buck Showalter, Bob Brenly and Ken Macha.
Alejandro A. Leal writes for UmpBump.com and can be reached here: alexo05 -at- umpbump -dot- com.
According to Tracy Ringolsby of the Rocky Mountain News, "Doug Melvin is finalizing details on a new three-year deal in Milwaukee." Melvin is already signed through 2009.
Non-Manny notes from Jon Heyman's latest...
- The Angels and Mets "appear hesitant" to give Francisco Rodriguez five years. There's not an obvious suitor to overpay K-Rod, but the Mets are the closest.
- Heyman sees Brian Fuentes getting about $11MM per year. Ken Rosenthal recently suggested even more money.
- Doug Melvin could become a candidate for the Mariners job if the Brewers aren't able to extend him. Doesn't seem to make sense since Melvin is signed through 2009.
- Heyman believes Chris Antonetti in Cleveland is contractually guaranteed the GM job in the future.
- The Dodgers will try to re-sign Rafael Furcal, no surprise there.
- A scout sang the praises of Hank Blalock's second-half hitting (.281/.324/.532 after the break). Blalock may be on the trading block.