Segura has still looked like Lou Gerhig(during his mini slump) when comparing him to rickie weeks' batting
over the past few years
gotta keep the young guys playing - move them around in the batting order but keep playing them
Segura, Davis and Gennett also Shaefer when he gets healthy
Hopefully the team can come up with a young 1st and 3rd baseman in the next year or 2 to go with
this young group
I still don't see Garza working out and he gets a ton of money
There was a reason the guy was available
Picking up an old pitcher for a young team seems dumb
The key to any good team is a nice mixture of young guys, and veterans. Garza may not be the best veteran around, but he didn't break the bank, or cost a draft pick. He won't have a flashy ERA, but our offense should provide him with decent run support on most days.
Didn't break the bank on Garza?? By what measure would that be?
Garza is the 2nd highest paid Brewer this year at over $12 million.
What has he done in the past? From 2008 thru 2013, the guy won only 59 games(less than 10 per
year on average- 6 years). He also hasn't won a game in 2014. Add in the $12 million they have to swallow for
Weeks salary and that is nearly $25 million. The guy adds little at a high high cost. At least Lohse has
shown he can still do it. Garza was basically let go by several teams for a reason.
I also felt adding a guy like Lohse was not good strategy long term, because of his age.
I admit picking up Lohse has worked out, but picking up older pitchers has never really worked
that well for the Brewers or for most smaller budget teams in general
They had to give Peralta and Estrada a year to get acclimated. The team would have been better off
giving this year to Thornberg to get things worked out. There are some other young starters in the
minors the Brewers could have given some time too. So far it hasn't been shown that Garza has NOT
contributed much and the season is nearly 1/7 over.
Unless you are really delusional and actually think that the Brewers are a contender this year.
I think next year and for sure the following year when Davis, Gennett, Segura, Moldanado(sp) and Shaefer get another
year or two under their belts; Peralta and Estrada continue to improve - the bullpen develops further; then
the Brewers will be a contender. I don't think K-rod is the answer down the road as the closer, but
perhaps Henderson can do that - again that may be a stretch. Perhaps K-rod can continue but not
many closer don't throw any pitches mid-90's these days and K-rod barely hits 90 now.
They will need the $12 million that Weeks salary frees up and I think the $12 million plus they have given Garza
would have helped them land a younger top hitting 1st or 3rd baseman. I could see moving Ramerez to 1st
as soon as next year if they could land a 3rd baseman in free agency. I don think they have the money with
over $12 million going to Garza. I also don't think the Brewers have a 3rd baseman in their system that can help
in the next year or two. Perhaps they do, I just am unaware of who it would be.
I see Garza as a better version of 'Suppan' but not much more and way to costly.
The thing about young starters is it takes them a year or two to really make the jump up to the
majors from the minors. Teams just have to live with that. Brewers have never had a older vet
starting pitcher that came in and really made a difference since Don Sutton.
The team had everything else it needed when they brought Sutton in. The team just doesn't have
all that right now - perhaps next year or the year following.
Build with the young guys and bring in the older 'guns' when the team is right there to contend.
I love watching them win early this year, but I know winning 85 games from this team will
be about the best that can be expected. I hope I am wrong, but I just don't see every player
on the team overachieving all year long.
Obviously some of you who think Garza is a good investment have run your own businesses!
Mark A. has play money to work with - most businesses don't. Will Mark spend more? Who knows but Garza
was NOT a good way to spend over $12 million. He may not be 'old' by age, but as a pitcher he
is over the hill and not by any small amount. For over $12 million, I would want more than what he brings.
I actually don't really know when Garza was at his peak; he seems like he just never really put it all together.
Seemed like the Brewers simply wanted to add a 'veteran' pitcher and Garza was the best they thought
they could get. You didn't see the Yankees or Red Sox go after him - that tells me something right there.
Many teams could have outspent the Brewers IF Garza was that good. I just don't think he is and it
appears most (if not all) of the top teams with mucho money thought he wasnt ALL THAT either.