yzerman1
I am starting this thread with just the salaries for the 2019 Brewer team.  The highest payroll the Brewers have ever had to start a season was 105 million in 2015.  That is important to remember when keeping in mind moves you would like to see in the future.  It really irratates me when fans say go sign this free agent or trade for that guy without putting the financial part in the equation.  The minimum salary for 2019 is 555,000.   So with that in mind here is their projected 25 man opening day roster for 2019:

Guaranteed contracts:
Ryan Braun  19.0 million
Lorenzo Cain  15.0  million
Christian Yelich  9.75 million
Jhoulys Chacin  6.75 million
Chase Anderson  6.5 million
Eric Thames  6.0 million
Matt Albers  2.5 million

Total  65.5 million -  7 players

Arbitration Eligible Players
Jonathan Schoop  10.1 million
Travis Shaw  5.1 million
Corey Knebel  4.9 million
Jimmy Nelson  3.7 million
Hernan Perez  2.7 million
Junior Guerra  2.7 million
Zach Davies  2.4 million
Domingo Santana  2.0 million
Manny Pina  1.8 million
Erik Kratz  1.7 million
Xaiver Cedeno 1.5 million

Total  38.6 million  -  11 players (salaries from MLB trade rumors)

Club Option:
Jeremy Jeffress  3.175 million

Minimum salary players @ 555,000
Jesus Aguilar
Josh Hader 
Corbin Burnes
Brandon Woodruff
Orlando Arcia
Freddy Peralta

Total  3.3 million (feel free to substitute any minimum player, doesn't change anything)

2019 Payroll  -   $110.58 million

Hard to see them picking up Mike Moustakas's option at $15 miilion or Joakim Soria's at $10 million for next year.
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oldballcoach1
That is good stuff Yzerman.  I think a couple of those guys on the guaranteed side are possible to move.  Chase Anderson and his $6.5 million is not excessive for a guy that was an opening day starter.  Eric Thames offers a power bat and at $6 million - a team looking for a left handed option at 1B could look at him.  I think he is moveable, especially at the trade deadline.   Matt Albers, even if they let him go, it is only $2.5 million.  I would guess he will be given a chance in spring training and if he doesn't make it, they let him go and eat the money.

The arby guys - I think some of them are also in question.  For Schoop - they could non-tender him and let him move on.  That may be a costly move for what they gave up, but it may be for the best.  As much as I like him, I don't see Kratz coming back for another season.  Junior Guerra - a 32 year old that has struggled and will not have a spot in the rotation.  Zach Davies is kind of in the same boat.  With a possible move to the young guys in the rotation, both could be without a rotation spot.  And, Davies is a starter, not a reliever.  

I agree Moustakas is probably out of the question.  Soria also.  But there is room for some possible moves - just not huge contracts. 
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yzerman1
I should have posted this as well.  The day after the World Series ends, teams must move players off the 60 day DL and on to the active roster.  Also on that day players without contracts for 2019 with six years of MLB service become free agents.  So Jimmy Nelson, Brett Suter, and Stephen Vogt need to get added to the roster.  Wade Miley, Curtis Granderson, and Gio Gonzalez come off the roster.  Teams have five days after the World Series to exercise club options on players.  That would mean decisions will need to be made on Jeremy Jeffress, Mike Moustakas, and Joakim Soria.   November 20 is the day that players need to be added to the 40 man roster.  November 30 is the day that arbitration eligible players need to be offered contracts.
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blade12
One thing that I think gets overlooked from this past season is the number of pitchers they were able to shuttle back and forth to the minors on options.  I don't have a good source for tracking options remaining (anyone have one?). They were able to piece together their SP and BP staff with guys going back and forth like Woodruff, Barnes, Wilkerson, Hauser, Asher, Williams and probably a few I am forgetting about. 

How close are guys like Hauser, Diplan, Wilkerson to being the next Burnes and Peralta - good enough to come up and get a shot and stick? If they feel confident that they can fill those roles then it makes guys like Anderson, Davies and Guerra available.

Also to be seen, how close are guys like Hiura and Dubon?  Not that I would want either to come up and sit but one of them may be able to take over at 2B 75% of the time. Then Schoop can go away.

They could legitimately free themselves of: Anderson, Davies, Guerra, Thames, Perez and Schoop and save close to $30mil.  
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blade12 wrote:
One thing that I think gets overlooked from this past season is the number of pitchers they were able to shuttle back and forth to the minors on options.  I don't have a good source for tracking options remaining (anyone have one?). They were able to piece together their SP and BP staff with guys going back and forth like Woodruff, Barnes, Wilkerson, Hauser, Asher, Williams and probably a few I am forgetting about. 

How close are guys like Hauser, Diplan, Wilkerson to being the next Burnes and Peralta - good enough to come up and get a shot and stick? If they feel confident that they can fill those roles then it makes guys like Anderson, Davies and Guerra available.

Also to be seen, how close are guys like Hiura and Dubon?  Not that I would want either to come up and sit but one of them may be able to take over at 2B 75% of the time. Then Schoop can go away.

They could legitimately free themselves of: Anderson, Davies, Guerra, Thames, Perez and Schoop and save close to $30mil.  
              For the correct amount of money, I would perhaps keep Perez until a better option can be found. The other 5 to me have no value and I want to see all 5 of them gone.
I dont know Guerra's contract situation, but if he can bounce up and down from AAA to ML ball, he might have a place.
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              For the correct amount of money, I would perhaps keep Perez until a better option can be found. The other 5 to me have no value and I want to see all 5 of them gone.
I dont know Guerra's contract situation, but if he can bounce up and down from AAA to ML ball, he might have a place.


For what he offers Perez can be replaced by a near league minimum guy saving them $2mil.  
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blade12 wrote:


For what he offers Perez can be replaced by a near league minimum guy saving them $2mil.  
   You're right - I looked right past the amount of money Perez is slated for. Definately, the Brewers can replace him with a similar type player for much less money.
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blade12
What are the Mets thinking with Doug Melvin being this far along in their GM candidate process?
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db11
blade12 wrote:
What are the Mets thinking with Doug Melvin being this far along in their GM candidate process?


I'm actually wondering what Doug is thinking getting back into the GM game.
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Any of the Free Agents look enticing? Wondering if we will see a tight FA market like we did last year.  If so could the Brewers grab a guy on a short term not too expensive of a deal? I would think they will be looking to possibly upgrade at C, 2B and in the BP primarily.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/12/2018-19-mlb-free-agents.html

Grandal - maybe but his performance in the NLCS was scary defensively.
Marwin Gonzalez - He's probably just a more expensive Hernan Perez.
DJ LeMahieu - He intrigues me. One the right deal he could be a stopgap until Huira or Dubon arrive.
Daniel Murphy - Similar to LeMahieu on the right deal. The guy can hit. Could he man 2B half the time while Dubon gets the other 50%

For pitchers there is not a lot that grabs me as targets I would say keep an eye on reclamation projects and guys who will be cheap coming off injury with invites to MLB camp on deals like Miley got last year.  
Hector Santiago - LH who has been a SP and RP. I like him.
Drew Storen - coming off a TJ but seems like the low cost high reward guy they may take a flier on.
Daniel Hudson - coming off his 2nd TJ but invite to MLB camp on an incentive laden contract like Miley.
Casey Kelly - RH who has a mix of SP and RP in his past.

Stearns will probably surprise us with a Thames or Ji-Man Choi out of nowhere.

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Coles resigns as hitting coach, Bullpen coach and head trainer non-renewed.

https://www.brewcrewball.com/2018/10/25/18024950/brewers-hitting-coach-darnell-coles-resigns-bullpen-coach-lee-tunnell-not-offered-new-contract

Ed Sedar still employed.
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db11 wrote:
Coles resigns as hitting coach, Bullpen coach and head trainer non-renewed.

https://www.brewcrewball.com/2018/10/25/18024950/brewers-hitting-coach-darnell-coles-resigns-bullpen-coach-lee-tunnell-not-offered-new-contract

Ed Sedar still employed.


He's like Wayne Fonts.

Molitor as hitting coach?  If not hitting coach how about Molitor as some sort of coach in in the system?  Would be awesome to have him around and in a "face of the franchise" role. 
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Maybe someone can help me here...why did Lee Tunnell get fired?

Why is Ed Sedar still employed?

Hitting coach might be the most thankless job in the MLB, especially since baseball has moved from strikeouts are bad to strikeouts are acceptable.
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oldballcoach1
Not sure what is behind getting rid of those coaches and it seems odd considering what the team did this year.  And I agree that being a hitting coach has to be difficult with the hitting philosophy of today.  And for Ed Sedar, I guess I don't know why he should be fired.  He seems to make solid decisions at 3B and does good work with the defense.  

Most have established that Miley, Gonzalez, Moustakas, and Soria all are probably not going to return.  Guys like Thames, Anderson, and Davies could be moved on.  

I don't see other big changes being made with the roster pretty well set.  I would think that Santana has probably worked his way back into the OF rotation and will get at bats when Braun sits.  At catcher - Pina will be back, but do they trust Nottingham to be a part of the platoon.  2B - Schoop could be back, but that is taking a big gamble after the way this season ended.  It would not be shocking to see him get a chance with the hopes he can regain his form and then move him at the trade deadline.  But if he comes back and hits .200 and strikes out all of the time, he will have little value.  

Jimmy Nelson appears to be ready to return and the young duo of Burnes and Woodfruff will get every chance to make the rotation.  There are a lot of bullpen options out there to add another arm or two.  Peralta will probably move into the role Burnes had.  

The one thing the trade did this year was drain that top end talent out of the minor leagues, so that doesn't leave a lot of trade capital.  It would be hard to imagine Stearns being able to make the type of moves he did this year - next year at the trade deadline.  

 
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blade12
If the Brewers can't or don't resign Miley a guy that I would look to add is LHP Drew Pomeranz.  He had a really nice 2016 and 2017 but not so much in 2018.
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