oldballcoach1
Lets start this by saying this team provided the baseball fans of Wisconsin a ton of excitement.  As a fan, I felt the ups and downs of the past 6 weeks and everything that went with it.  It was hard to see the season end last night.

There will be a ton of analysis about what happened in the NLCS.  There should be some criticism of moves and rightfully so, but there also has to be the acknowledgement of moves that got the team to the position it was in.  And this goes for both the front office and the field.  

At a quick glance, it would seem Moustakas and Schoop will move on. Travis Shaw will be the full time 3B and while you could make a case for Schoop getting to start the season and hold 2B until Hiura is ready, he and the Brewers are probably better off moving on to a fresh start.  Wade Miley will get some attention on the free agent market and probably will get himself a nice 2 or 3 year contract.  Gio Gonzalez will also find a team to give him some money.  

The starting rotation will get a boost with the return of Jimmy Nelson and you have to think Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff will be given every opportunity to earn spots in the rotation.  Chacin will be back and then Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, and Junior Guerra will have to battle for maybe one spot.  Freddy Peralta maybe takes on the role of Burnes from this season.  

The bullpen will have some questions.  Do they want to pay Soria $10 million to be a set up guy?  Knebel and Jeffress will return at reasonable costs.  And Hader??  He has to stay in the bullpen and maybe he becomes the closer.  

It will be interesting to see if Counsell and Stearns commit back to the bullpen approach or they lean on some young starters.  I don't see Burnes and Woodruff having the innings piled on, so some version of this seasons approach to keep them fresh will probably be used.  

MVP - Christian Yelich.  Manager of the Year in Counsell.  NL Central Champs.  Not a bad year!!  
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dfnewburry
I would resign Moose, team got better when he arrived... Shaw is Craig Nettles without the glove .

Miley... You can never have enough lefties .








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wlhssuperjake08
Subtractions: *I didn't look too deep into the numbers and any arbitration cases there may be. I get bored with those things lol

Moustakas - $15,000,000 mutual option. I don't think Moose does it and I certainly don't think the Brewers do it either. 
Soria - Not paying a player $10MM to not close. Can always trade for more relievers
Gio Gonzalez - Let him walk
Wade Miley - Make a run at him if you want, I think he'll sign elsewhere and get some good money. 
Granderson - Let him walk


1. Nelson
2. Chacin
3. Woodruff
4. Burnes
5. Anderson


1B: Aguilar
2B: Schoop
3B: Shaw
SS: Arcia
LF: Braun
CF: Cain
RF: Yelich

Hader
Jeffress
Knebel
Peralta
Davies
Barnes
Cedeno
Santana
Thames
Broxton



As I said on Twitter, we're fine. We're better than fine. Stearns will find players via free agency/trades/waivers etc. Maybe a starter (where have we heard that before), another bullpen arm, some role players on the bench. Future is bright.
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cgrade23
Subtractions: *I didn't look too deep into the numbers and any arbitration cases there may be. I get bored with those things lol

Moustakas - $15,000,000 mutual option. I don't think Moose does it and I certainly don't think the Brewers do it either. 
Soria - Not paying a player $10MM to not close. Can always trade for more relievers
Gio Gonzalez - Let him walk
Wade Miley - Make a run at him if you want, I think he'll sign elsewhere and get some good money. 
Granderson - Let him walk


1. Nelson
2. Chacin
3. Woodruff
4. Burnes
5. Anderson     I hope he figures it out


1B: Aguilar
2B: Schoop      Maybe he can figure out his swing with some pressure off of him now that he is not viewed as a guy that should have helped the playoff run...don't know.  Not a big fan so far...suspect glove and can't hit.
3B: Shaw
SS: Arcia
LF: Braun
CF: Cain
RF: Yelich

Hader
Jeffress
Knebel
Peralta
Davies
Barnes
Cedeno
Santana
Thames
Broxton



As I said on Twitter, we're fine. We're better than fine. Stearns will find players via free agency/trades/waivers etc. Maybe a starter (where have we heard that before), another bullpen arm, some role players on the bench. Future is bright.
    I agree on both 
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
Subtractions: *I didn't look too deep into the numbers and any arbitration cases there may be. I get bored with those things lol

Moustakas - $15,000,000 mutual option. I don't think Moose does it and I certainly don't think the Brewers do it either. 
Soria - Not paying a player $10MM to not close. Can always trade for more relievers
Gio Gonzalez - Let him walk
Wade Miley - Make a run at him if you want, I think he'll sign elsewhere and get some good money. 
Granderson - Let him walk


1. Nelson
2. Chacin
3. Woodruff
4. Burnes
5. Anderson


1B: Aguilar
2B: Schoop
3B: Shaw
SS: Arcia
LF: Braun
CF: Cain
RF: Yelich

Hader
Jeffress
Knebel
Peralta
Davies
Barnes
Cedeno
Santana
Thames
Broxton



As I said on Twitter, we're fine. We're better than fine. Stearns will find players via free agency/trades/waivers etc. Maybe a starter (where have we heard that before), another bullpen arm, some role players on the bench. Future is bright.


Moustakas would only make sense if the Brewers were going to 'move' Shaw. I dont see that happening. Not a surprise the team played better after acquiring Moustakas though. He is a very good solid player, but no way the Brewers are going to pay him $15 Million - there are reasons he wasnt gone after by other teams prior to last season. He is a .250 hitter with some, but limited power.  To bring back Schoop, Thames, Broxton, Soria, Granderson or Soria would appear to make little sense.. Guys like each of those guys are avail for less money, not to mention some of them simply didnt contribute anything.

Brewers have to get Miley tied up long term. Get Santana in the 3rd OF spot - get a 2nd baseman and get another catcher. None are huge moves and each can be done. Team (without a ton of injuries) should be even better next year. I would use Braun as the 4th OF and backup 1st baseman/pinch hitter. Move Shaw back to 3rd base and try to make a big trade to get a solid second baseman and perhaps another catcher.
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Moustakas would only make sense if the Brewers were going to 'move' Shaw. I dont see that happening. Not a surprise the team played better after acquiring Moustakas though. He is a very good solid player, but no way the Brewers are going to pay him $15 Million - there are reasons he wasnt gone after by other teams prior to last season. He is a .250 hitter with some, but limited power.  To bring back Schoop, Thames, Broxton, Soria, Granderson or Soria would appear to make little sense.. Guys like each of those guys are avail for less money, not to mention some of them simply didnt contribute anything.

Brewers have to get Miley tied up long term. Get Santana in the 3rd OF spot - get a 2nd baseman and get another catcher. None are huge moves and each can be done. Team (without a ton of injuries) should be even better next year. I would use Braun as the 4th OF and backup 1st baseman/pinch hitter. Move Shaw back to 3rd base and try to make a big trade to get a solid second baseman and perhaps another catcher.


Huh?
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Huh?
    What is the "Huh?" - you dont think playing a guy who is nearly 9 years younger than Braun full time makes sense?  I am getting sick of the rotation of Braun, Thames, Perez, Broxton and Santana(plus a few other guys who started in the OF at times). Braun has value, but he is no longer starting material - hasnt been for several years to be honest.  Just like with Arcia, a team has to play it's young guys and live with the good and the bad. Braun would be the perfect #4 OF, backup 1st baseman and pinch hitter - he just isnt a guy a contending team wants to start anymore. Look at the Dodgers and the talent they have sitting on a daily basis. That is how you build teams that are good year after years. Brewers are 'stuck' paying Braun' salary - so they need to use him correctly. If the contract wasnt guarenteed - I would just cut Braun. Time goes on and Braun has really declined as a player /hitting and fielding. Perhaps the Brewers could get someone better than Santana, but I try to make it work with Santana. The guy has talent and hopefully the coaches can get him to be more consistent.
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dfnewburry
Braun is to Milwaukee as Bulaga is to Green Bay , been repeated attempts by both organizations to replace them and all have all failed for various reasons .

Santana will likely be given another .








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mickjagger
Subtractions: *I didn't look too deep into the numbers and any arbitration cases there may be. I get bored with those things lol

Moustakas - $15,000,000 mutual option. I don't think Moose does it and I certainly don't think the Brewers do it either. 
Soria - Not paying a player $10MM to not close. Can always trade for more relievers
Gio Gonzalez - Let him walk
Wade Miley - Make a run at him if you want, I think he'll sign elsewhere and get some good money. 
Granderson - Let him walk


1. Nelson
2. Chacin
3. Woodruff
4. Burnes
5. Anderson


1B: Aguilar
2B: Schoop
3B: Shaw
SS: Arcia
LF: Braun
CF: Cain
RF: Yelich

Hader
Jeffress
Knebel
Peralta
Davies
Barnes
Cedeno
Santana
Thames
Broxton



As I said on Twitter, we're fine. We're better than fine. Stearns will find players via free agency/trades/waivers etc. Maybe a starter (where have we heard that before), another bullpen arm, some role players on the bench. Future is bright.
Hey Jakey, the Brewers are generally considered to be unconventional with their use of pitchers as "out-getters," regardless of whether they are starters or relievers. 

However, they are going to be considered "extremely unorthodox"  if they go into 2019 without any catchers on their roster ....
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mickjagger wrote:
Hey Jakey, the Brewers are generally considered to be unconventional with their use of pitchers as "out-getters," regardless of whether they are starters or relievers. 

However, they are going to be considered "extremely unorthodox"  if they go into 2019 without any catchers on their roster ....


Oh you didn't hear? They're gonna be pitching exclusively to contact next year, and are gonna start shipping out all power pitchers at the winter meetings, and playing with a five-man infield...😎
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I just figured that Counsell would interject himself as a player-manager and be catcher for 2019. He was the emergency catcher for a few years there for us. Brain fart. Pina is looking like our Opening Day catcher unless Nottingham steps up or Stearns adds a catcher in the offseason. 
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thecrackerjack
    What is the "Huh?" - you dont think playing a guy who is nearly 9 years younger than Braun full time makes sense?  I am getting sick of the rotation of Braun, Thames, Perez, Broxton and Santana(plus a few other guys who started in the OF at times). Braun has value, but he is no longer starting material - hasnt been for several years to be honest.  Just like with Arcia, a team has to play it's young guys and live with the good and the bad. Braun would be the perfect #4 OF, backup 1st baseman and pinch hitter - he just isnt a guy a contending team wants to start anymore. Look at the Dodgers and the talent they have sitting on a daily basis. That is how you build teams that are good year after years. Brewers are 'stuck' paying Braun' salary - so they need to use him correctly. If the contract wasnt guarenteed - I would just cut Braun. Time goes on and Braun has really declined as a player /hitting and fielding. Perhaps the Brewers could get someone better than Santana, but I try to make it work with Santana. The guy has talent and hopefully the coaches can get him to be more consistent.


Braun was their best hitter in the playoffs. 
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mickjagger
db11 wrote:

Oh you didn't hear? They're gonna be pitching exclusively to contact next year, and are gonna start shipping out all power pitchers at the winter meetings, and playing with a five-man infield...😎
LMAO, DB !
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mickjagger
I just figured that Counsell would interject himself as a player-manager and be catcher for 2019. He was the emergency catcher for a few years there for us. Brain fart. Pina is looking like our Opening Day catcher unless Nottingham steps up or Stearns adds a catcher in the offseason. 
Does Stephen Vogt still factor into the Brewers catching situation ?
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db11
mickjagger wrote:
Does Stephen Vogt still factor into the Brewers catching situation ?


Elected FA; open to possible return.

https://www.mlb.com/news/stephen-vogt-elects-free-agency/c-300137306
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