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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
Last year 117 players hit 20 or more home runs and 41 guys hit 30 or more home runs last year.  Everyone hits home runs now, roughly every team has 4 guys who hit 20 home runs.  So Keon Broxton hitting 20 home runs is no big deal.   What I can't understand is why anyone thinks he has any trade value.  He has a strikeout rate of 38%, his offense is 15% below league average(according to Fangraphs and Baseball Reference), and his DRF(Defensive Runs Saved) was at -6.  I can't believe teams aren't lining up to trade or a guy who is below average at the plate and in the field.  Brett Phillips had strikeout rate of 30% in the minors in both 2016 and 2017.  His strikeout rate was 35% in his brief time in the majors last year.  He can't hit left handed pitching so he profiles as a platoon type player or fourth outfielder.  Again teams are not lining up to trade for fourth outfielders.   The Brewers need to decide where they stand heading into 2018.  If they think they are going to be able to compete with the Cubs for the division, that means winning over 90 games, then they should sign Lorenzo Cain.  They have the money, they have made over 170 million in profit over the last two years.  If they don't think they can challenge the Cubs, then you play Lewis Brinson and suffer with the growing pains he is going to have as he becomes a very good major league player.  Brinson will be an above average regular player but is never going to be an elite center fielder.  Phillips and Broxton are lucky to be fourth outfielders on teams that are winning more than 90 games regularly.
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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
blade12 wrote:
Not sure where any of the Cain talk is going. I would think that means some combination of Brinson, Philips and Broxton would be dealt away. Maybe they are just stoking the OF market coals to raise interest in one of their guys to the losers on Cain?

Sign Cain and then trade Brinson or Philips or Broxton and some pieces for Duffy and Merrifield?

I'd prefer Archer. Duffy would be alright. I would accept Cobb and maybe Lynn if the price were right.

Lorenzo Cain would represent a huge upgrade in center field for the Brewers.  The combination of Broxton/Phillips/Brinson last year had a slash line of .22/.304./.405 was the worst position on the team and they had an OPS Plus of 85 last year which means they were 15% below average for that position in the National League.   Unlike the three center fielders from last year, Cain puts the ball in play.  Broxton had 38% strike out rate last year, Phillips was 35% last year, and Brinson is also going to struggle initially with strike outs.  Broxton and Phillips have very little trade value and Brinson needs to show more before he gets you anything of real value in return.  The Brewers have the money to sign Cain and still make a couple of more improvements to their team this off season.
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Top Ten in Baseball for 2018

Along with individual rankings, Buster Olney also has top ten team rankings as well.  

Top Rotations:
1.  Washington Nationals
2.  Los Angeles Dodgers
3.  Cleveland Indians
4.  Houston Astros
5.  New York Mets
6.  New York Yankees
7.  Boston Red Sox
8.  Arizona Diamondbacks
9.  Los Angeles Angels
10.  San Francisco Giants

Top Lineups:
1.  Houston Astros
2.  New York Yankees
3.  Chicago Cubs
4.  Colorado Rockies
5.  Arizona Diaondbacks
6.  St. Louis Cardinals
7.  Cleveland Indians
8.  Philadelphia Phillies
9.  Seattle Mariners
10.  Los Angeles Dodgers

Top Bullpens:
1.  New York Yankees
2.  Los Angeles Dodgers
3.  Washington Nationals
4.  Boston Red Sox
5.  Pittsburgh Pirates
6.  Cleveland Indians
7.  Chicago Cubs
8.  Houston Astros
9.  Los Angeles Angels
10.  Milwaukee Brewers

Top Defenses:
1.  Los Angeles Angels
2.  Chicago Cubs
3.  Los Angeles Dodgers
4.  Cleveland Indians
5.  Tampa Bay Rays
6.  St. Louis Cardinals
7.  Milwaukee Brewers
8.  Colorado Rockies
9.  New York Yankees
10.  Boston Red Sox

Top Overall Teams:
1.  Cleveland Indians
2.  Los Angeles Dodgers
3.  Houston Astros
4.  Washington Nationals
5.  New York Yankees
6.  Chicago Cubs
7.  Boston Red Sox
8.  St. Louis Cardinals
9.  Los Angeles Angels
10.  Arizona Diamondbacks
Best of the Rest
Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers


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Top Ten in Baseball for 2018
Every year Buster Olney of ESPN puts together lists of the top players at each position in baseball.  MLB Network is starting their own top tens right now with more of a sabermetric element built into their rankings.  What these lists really illustrate is the amount of top notch talent on teams.  Over the course of 162 games, the teams with the most talent eventually win out.  The lists bear that out, the seven super teams in baseball have players all over these lists.  Here is Olney's top tens:

Starting Pitchers:
1.  Max Scherzer  Washington Nationals
2.  Corey Kluber  Cleveland Indians
3.  Chris Sale  Boston Red Sox
4.  Clayton Kershaw  Los Angeles Dodgers
5.  Justin Verlander  Houston Astros
6.  Madison Bumgarner  San Francisco Giants
7.  Stephen Strasburg  Washington Nationals
8.  Luis Severino  New York Yankees
9.  Carlos Carrasco  Cleveland Indians
10.  Jacob deGrom  New York Mets
Best of the Rest
Kyle Hendricks  Chicago Cubs
Dallas Keuchel  Houston Astros
Noah Syndergaard  New York Mets
Zach Greinke  Arizona Diamondbacks
Robbie Ray  Arizona Diamondbacks

Relief Pitchers:
1.  Kenley Jansen  Los Angeles Dodgers
2.  Craig Kimbrel  Boston Red Sox
3.  Andrew Miller  Cleveland Indians
4.  Wade Davis  Colorado Rockies
5.  Corey Knebel  Milwaukee Brewers
6.  Archie Bradley  Arizona Diamondbacks
7.  Aroldis Chapman  New York Yankees
8.  Sean Doolittle  Washington Nationals
9.  David Robertson  New York Yankees
10.  Chad Green  New York Yankees
Best of the Rest
Cody Allen  Cleveland Indians
Roberto Osuna  Toronto Blue Jays
Felipe Rivero  Pittsburgh Pirates
Pat Neshek  Philadelphia Phillies
Dellin Betances  New York Yankees
Tommy Kahnle  New York Yankees
Brad Hand  San Diego Padres

1.  Buster Posey  San Francisco Giants
2.  Gary Sanchez  New York Yankees
3.  JT Realmuto  Miami Marlins
4.  Willson Contreras  Chicago Cubs
5.  Brian McCann  Houston Astros
6.  Tucker Barnhart  Cincinnati Reds
7.  Yadier Molina  St.  Louis Cardinals
8.  Mike Zunino  Seattle Mariners
9.  Salvador Perez  Kansas City Royals
10.  Martin Maldonado  Los Angeles Angeis
Best of the Rest
Tyler Flowers  Atlanta Braves
Austin Barnes  Los Angeles Dodgers
Yasmani Grandal  Los Angeles Dodgers

First Basemen:
1.  Joey Votto  Cincinnati Reds
2.  Freddie Freeman  Atlanta Braves
3.  Paul Goldschmidt  Arizona Diamondbacks
4.  Anthony Rizzo  Chicago Cubs
5.  Cody Bellanger  Los Angeles Dodgers
6.  Jose Abreu  Chicago White Sox
7.  Eric Hosmer  
8.  Ryan Zimmerman  Washington Nationals
9.  Carlos Santana  Philadelphia Phillies
10.  Matt Carpenter  St. Louis Cardinals
Best of the Rest
Justin Smoak  Toronto Blue Jays
Joe Mauer  Minnesota Twins
Miguel Cabrera  Detroit Tigers
Matt Olson  Oakland Athletics
Joey Gallo  Texas Rangers

Second Basemen: 
1.  Jose Altuve  Houston Astros
2.  Brian Dozier  Minnesota Twins
3.  Robinson Cano  Seattle Mariners
4.  Daniel Murphy  Washington Nationals
5.  Jonathan Schoop  Baltimore Orioles
6.  DJ LeMahieu  Colorado Rockies
7.  Whit Merrifield  Kansas City Royals
8.  Javier Baez  Chicago Cubs
9.  Cesar Hernandez  Philadelphia Phillies
10.  Ian Kinsler  Los Angeles Angels
Best of the Rest
Joe Panik  San Francisco Giants
Dustin Pedroia  Boston Red Sox
Josh Harrison  Pittsburgh Pirates
Neal Walker
Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians
Jed Lowrie  Oakland Athletics

Third Basemen:
1.  Nolan Arenado  Colorado Rockies
2.  Jose Ramirez  Cleveland Indians
3. Anthony Rendon  Washington Nationals
4.  Kris Bryant  Chicago Cubs
5.  Manny Machado  Baltimore Orioles
6.  Josh Donaldson  Toront Blue Jays
7.  Justin Turner  Los Angeles Dodgers
8.  Alex Bregman  Houston Astros
9.  Adrian Beltre  Texas Rangers
10.  Evan Longoria  San Francisco Giants
Best of the Rest
Kyle Seager  Seattle Mariners
Travis Shaw  Milwaukee Brewers
Jake Lamb  Arizona Diamondbacks
Matt Chapman  Oakland Athletics
Jedd Gyorko  St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Moustakas  
Miguel Sano  Minnesota Twins

1.  Francisco Lindor  Cleveland Indians
2.  Carlos Correa  Houston Astros
3.  Corey Seager  Los Angeles Dodgers
4.  Andrelton Simmons  Los Angeles Angels
5.  Elvis Andrus  Texas Rangers
6.  Brandon Crawford  San Francisco Giants
7.  Xander Bogaerts  Boston red Sox
8.  Didi Gregorius  New York Yankees
9.  Jean Segura  Seattle Mariners
10.  Trea Turner  Washington Nationals
Best of the Rest
Addison Russell  Chicago Cubs
Orlando Arcia  Milwaukee Brewers
Paul DeJong  St. Louis Cardinals

Left Fielders:
1.  Marcel Ozuna  St. Louis Cardinals
2.  Christian Yelich  Miami Marlins
3.  Justin Upton  Los Angeles Angels
4.  Andrew Benintendi  Boston Red Sox
5.  Yoenis Cespedes  New York Mets
6.  Brett Gardner  New York Yankees
7.  Eddie Rosario  Minnesota Twins
8.  Khris Davis  Oakland Athletics
9.  Starling Marte  Pittsburgh Pirates
10.  Rhys Hoskins  Philadelphia Phillies
Best of the Rest
Adam Duvall  Cincinnati Reds
Michael Brantley  Cleveland Indians
Trey Mancini  Baltimore Orioles
Adam Eaton  Wshington Nationals
Corey Dickerson  Tampa Bay Rays

Center Fielders:
1.  Mike Trout  Los Angeles Angels
2.  Charlie Blackmon  Colorado Rockies
3.  George Springer  Houston Astros
4.  Lorenzo Cain
5.  Tommy Pham  St. Louis Cardinals
6.  Byron Buxton  Minnesota Twins
7.  Chris Taylor  Los Angeles Dodgers
8.  Ender Inciarte  Atlanta Braves
9.  Odubel Herrera  Philadelphia Phillies
10.  Kevin Kiermaier  Tamp Bay Rays
Best of the Rest
AJ Pollack  Arizona Diamondbacks
Jackie Bradley Jr.  Boston Red Sox
Kevin Pillar  Toronto Blue Jays
Andrew McCutchen  Pittsburgh Pirates
Billy Hamilton  Cincinnati Reds
Michael Taylor  Washington Nationals
Aaron Hicks  New York Yankees

Right Fielders:
1.  Aaron Judge  New York Yankees
2.  Giancarlo Stanton  New York Yankees
3.  Bryce Harper  Washington Nationals
4.  Mookie Betts  Boston Red Sox
5.  JD Martinez
6.  Yasiel Puig  Los Angeles Dodgers
7.  Josh Reddick  Houston Astros
8.  Avisail Garcia  Chicago White Sox
9.  Jay Bruce  New York Mets
10.  Dexter Fowler  St. Louis Cardinals
Best of the Rest
Domingo Santana  Milwaukee Brewers
Steven Souza Jr  Tampa Bay Rays
Kole Calhoun  Los Angeles Angels

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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
oldballcoach1 wrote:
I don't see the need to pursue Cain quite honestly.  The only way would be the trade of 2 OF's - Broxton, Brinson or Santana to secure a starter.  By signing Cain, the Brewers will give up their 3rd round comp pick - #74 - and that is a pretty steep price along with the cash that goes with that pick.  

Cain made $11 million last year and turned down the Royals offer for this season.  He is probably looking at something similar to that - so say $38 million for 3 years.  For me, that is a lot for what he would bring.  I do think the need is there to trade an OF - I would prefer to see Broxton go and then let Phillips and Brinson man CF and be your #4 OF.  
I think there is something brewing - no pun intended - and a trade will happen in the near future.  Rumors also are out there connecting the Brewers to Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn.  I predict something will happen in the next week.  

Cobb and Lynn probably won't sign until after Darvish and Arrieta sign.  Cobb is looking at least 4 years and 70 million and Lynn is looking for at least 4 years and 60 million.  I think they will both probably get those type of deals because there isn't any other pitching out there.  I can't see the cheapskate Brewers jumping in on those guys.  This is a team that has had the lowest payroll in the majors the last two years.  However they have made about a 120 million dollar profit over the last two years.  Throw in their 50 million they got from MLB from the sale of MLB advanced media to Disney and that is a nice 170 million they have pocketed the last two years.  Right now their payroll stands at around 70 million which would be one of the lowest in all of baseball again.  There is about 6 weeks left before Spring Training but there is no excuse for the payroll being this low again.  There are players out there who can improve the team and all it will take is money to get them.  They have already proved the saying, "It's only money you are giving up, and you can always make more of that."
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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
roadkill1 wrote:

I just logged in to post this.
I have followed he' career to date due to GBP.

It appears his metrics were very solid last season.
A very good move.
Some run support and a solid defense could go a long way in getting a solid season out of Chacin.

I like the deal a lot!

Stan b

Chacin started 16 games at home and 16 games on the road last year.  Chacin had dramatically different splits posting a 1.79 ERA at pitcher-friendly Petco Park and 6.59 ERA on the road, which is somewhat concerning considering that Miller Park is real hitter friendly park.  His 2016 season was not very good and he was a below league average pitcher that year.   If you want a #5 starter type then this is a good move.  However the Brewers still have a long way to go pitching wise to get up the varsity level of the Dodgers, Cubs, and the Nationals.
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Future HOF'er Roy Halladay Killed in Plane Crash
Robin Yount is the 4th or 5th best shortstop of all time, depending on your views of Alex Rodriguez.  To say he was only very good is beyond silly, he is among the all time greats at shortstop.  His career is better than that of Derek Jeter, minus all the World Series championships.  Making All Star games is meaningless, he won his second MVP in 1989 but didn't even make the All Star team.  Robin Yount is truly one the greatest shortstops of all time and it isn't even debatable.
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Bucks 2017-2018 Season Discussion
I like the trade for the Bucks.  Here is how ESPN evaluates the trade:

Bucks get: Guard Eric Bledsoe

Suns get: Center Greg Monroe, protected first-round pick and a protected second-round pick


Milwaukee Bucks: B-


From the moment he sent his now-infamous "I Dont wanna be here" tweet, Bledsoe was an obvious fit for the Bucks. Bledsoe's long arms -- his wingspan measured 6-foot-7½ at the NBA draft combine in 2010, more than 7 inches greater than his height without shoes -- and strength should make him an ideal defender for Jason Kidd's system, which utilizes length and recovery speed to trap and prevent offenses from finding open shooters on the weak side (as ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz detailed earlier this year).

The question was always whether Milwaukee could find a trade package that satisfied Phoenix's needs without surrendering promising youngsters Malcolm Brogdon or Jabari Parker. Ultimately, because Bledsoe's trade value was so low, the Bucks were able to hold on to Brogdon and Parker and use a first-round pick as the carrot for the Suns, according to the trade being finalized as reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.  That came at a cost in terms of the matching salary. Instead of getting off the bad, longer-term deals for Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson or Mirza Teletovic, Milwaukee was forced to give up center Greg Monroe in addition to the pick.

Dealing Monroe hurts the value of this trade for the Bucks in both the short and long term. For the remainder of this season, Monroe was likely to be Milwaukee's best center. While he was off to a slow start before being sidelined with a calf strain, Monroe was the only Bucks 5 who provided much offensive punch, averaging 18.8 points per 36 minutes on efficient .572 true shooting last season, as compared with 14.5 per 36 for Thon Maker and 12.6 per 36 for Henson. During 2016-17, Milwaukee outscored opponents by 3.7 points per 100 possessions with Monroe on the court, per NBA.com/Stats , and was minus-2.2 per 100 with him on the bench -- worst for any player on the roster, even star Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Eventually, the Bucks may be confident they can replace Monroe's scoring as part of the second unit with Parker, who could slot into a reserve role when he returns from a torn ACL suffered last February. Still, Parker is months away from playing, and Milwaukee's best chance at making noise in this season's playoffs would include him, Bledsoe and Monroe.

The bigger challenge presented by trading Monroe may come next summer, when his contract would have expired. Bledsoe is signed for $15 million in 2018-19, a reasonable sum for a starting point guard but still one that will make it more difficult for the Bucks to avoid paying the luxury tax -- probably a non-starter for a small-market team without a track record of success.

Adding Bledsoe's salary moves Milwaukee within $16 million of the projected 2018-19 luxury-tax line ($122 million) with Parker as yet unsigned. (After failing to come to terms on an extension before the deadline earlier this month, Parker will be a restricted free agent next summer.) If Parker plays well after his return, the Bucks could be vulnerable to another team making a big offer to him in restricted free agency and forcing them into the tax by matching.

Milwaukee can save $7 million by waiving Teletovic and stretching the final season of his contract, but that would leave the team with cap hits for both Teletovic and Spencer Hawes (waived this summer) for the next two seasons. And, of course, the Bucks now have one fewer first-round pick (and one fewer second-round pick as well) to use either for a cost-controlled salary as the team's payroll rises or to help offload bad salaries.

Those caveats noted, this is still a trade worth making for Milwaukee. The Bucks got Bledsoe at an incredibly low cost in terms of assets, even getting protection on the first-rounder in case things go south to mitigate the risk. Adding Bledsoe while keeping Brogdon gives Kidd the ability to get 48 minutes of quality play at point guard, where Dellavedova has been ineffective, as well as playing both players together in ultra-versatile lineups.

While he has more tools at his disposal, the pressure on Kidd to win now surely ratchets up following this trade. Dealing picks for a starter who will soon turn 28 accelerates the Bucks' timetable to win the next two seasons, before Bledsoe becomes an unrestricted free agent who will be difficult for Milwaukee to re-sign given the team's tax limitations.

Phoenix Suns: C


Because contracts aren't always zero-sum, getting Monroe doesn't help the Suns as much as it hurts the Bucks. Surely, Phoenix demanded Monroe instead of one of Milwaukee's longer-term deals once the Bucks weren't willing to include Brogdon or Parker (or multiple first-round picks). Still, unless the Suns can get off one of their other long-term deals, they've created only marginal cap space (an estimated $13 million or so, pending the Milwaukee pick) for the summer of 2018 by trading Bledsoe for an expiring contract.

The summer of 2019, when Tyson Chandler and Jared Dudley come off the books, remains a better time for Phoenix to get active in free agency. For now, the team will have to hope that space can be used to add additional draft picks (or young talent) by taking on salary from teams that need to clear cap room or are ducking the luxury tax.

The Suns could also maximize their return for Bledsoe by shipping Monroe to a third team prior to the deadline. He could have some value as a quality player on an expiring contract between now and February, though the market for centers is limited right now. Moving Monroe early could also help Phoenix clear a roster spot to convert starting point guard Mike James' two-way contract into an NBA deal without waiving second-year wing Derrick Jones

Pending those additional moves, this return for Bledsoe has to be considered something of a disappointment. Consider that the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Ricky Rubio last summer for a first-round pick and no salary in return. Rubio's value surely wasn't as high as Bledsoe's at the time, and while the first-rounder the Timberwolves got no longer looks as good as Milwaukee's because the Oklahoma City Thunder subsequently added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, Minnesota got huge benefit from clearing enough cap space to sign Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson as free agents.

Last summer was surely the time to move Bledsoe, whose unhappiness on a losing team was predictable -- particularly after the Suns sat him out after last year's trade deadline to pursue a better pick. Bringing Bledsoe back, and subsequently sending him home after his apparent subtweet, did nothing to improve his trade value.  Given that situation, Phoenix probably did as well as could be expected. The market was unlikely to move dramatically between now and the trade deadline unless a huge injury created a need for a point guard. At least this way the Suns get to move on with an additional draft pick in hand.

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Week 9: Detroit Lions (3-4) @ Green Bay Packers (4-3)
How bad was the defense last night?   This was the first time since 1971 that Lions did not attempt a punt in a game.  Their Thanksgiving game in 1971 was the last time they played a game and didn't punt, which 46 years ago.
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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
Before we can talk about any moves the Brewers should or shouldn't make this off season, we first have to establish how much money they have to spend for the upcoming year.  I think the maximum they can go on payroll is $110 million.  Here is what they have under contract for next year:

Ryan Braun  -  20 million
Eric Thames  -  5 million
Chase Anderson  -  4.75 million
Eric Sogard  -  2.4 million

Total  -  32.15 million

Arbitration Eligible Players:

Jarad Hughes  -  2.2 million
Jeremy Jeffress  2.6 million
Stephen Vogt  -  3.9  million
Jonathan Villar  -  3.0  million
Jimmy Nelson   - 4.7 million
Hernan Perez   -  2.2 million
Corey Knebel  -   4.1 million

Total  -  22.7 million

The league minimum is $545,000:

So here is my best attempt at predicting their 2018 roster:

Position Players:

C  Manny Pina 545K
C  Stephen Vogt  3.9 mil
1B  Eric Thames 5 mil
1B  Jesus Aguilar 545k
2B  Eric Sogard 2.4 mil
2B  Jonathan Villar 3.0 mil
2B  Hernan Perez  2.2 mil
SS  Orlando Arcia 545K
3B  Travis Shaw 545K
LF  Ryan Braun 20 mil
CF  Keon Broxton 545K
RF  Domingo Santana 545K
OF  Brett Phillips 545K

Starting Pitchers
Zach Davies 545K
Chase Anderson 4.75 mil
Jimmy Nelson  4.7 mil
Brandon Woodruff 545K

Corey Knebel  4.1 mil
Josh Hader 545K
Jeremy Jeffress  2.6 mil
Jarad Hughes 2.2 mil

So that is 13 position players, 3 starters to begin the year, and 4 pitchers in the bullpen which adds up to a payroll of 60.3 million.  Right now they need at least two more starting pitchers and 3 more arms in the bullpen.  They have around 50 million to work with to keep their payroll at around 110 million.

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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
blade12 wrote:

A .308 avg and 200 hits last yr is below avg?  

Batting average is pretty much useless, it is all about getting on base.  Gordon had 205 hits and 25 walks last year so he got on 230 times.  The Brewers lead off hitters last year had 161 hits and 74 walks last year so they reached base 235 times.  I really don't see much improvement there.  Baseball Reference and Fangraphs both have him as a below league average offensive player and that is with a top ten ranking in BABIP.   The phrase, "Stop scouting the Stat Line", really applies to him.
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Brewers Hot Stove 2017-18 Edition
Dee Gordon is owed about $40 million over the next three years and trading for him would be sheer lunacy.  Since he got popped for PEDs in 2016 he has been a below league average offensive player.  Gordon doesn't take a walk, 25 walks in 695 plate appearances, and had a .354 BABIP last year which is way above league average.  The BABIP will regress and then what you are left with is a more expensive version of Jonathan Villar.  You can't waste $40 million on a player like that. 
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Brewers @ Pirates - 13 Games to Go
The Cubs took a major step towards winning the division this weekend. They pretty much eliminated St. Louis and put the Brewers in a world of hurt. The wild card might be the best chance right now as the Brewers sit 2.5 games behind Colorado. Winning series is no longer good enough as it is going to take series sweeps to make up ground. Probably going to be another bullpen game on Wednesday since they don't have any starters that are worth throwing. The matchups for Pittsburgh:

Monday, Brent Suter (2-2, 3.66) vs. RHP Jameson Taillon (7-6, 4.78) FS Wisconsin 6:05
Tuesday, Chase Anderson (10-3, 2.88) vs. RHP Trevor Williams (6-8, 4.26) FS Wisconsin 6:05
Wednesday, TBA vs. TBA FS Wisconsin 6:05

That means for the Cubs series it will be Davies, Woodruff, Suter and Anderson.
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Brewers @ Marlins @ Miller Park
The Cubs have made winning the division a big long shot now with their play this weekend. The Rockies have greatly improved their chances of winning the second wild card this weekend as well. If the Rockies go 7-6 the rest of the way they will end up with 89 wins and I am guessing they get to 90 wins meaning the Brewers need to go 12-2 the rest of the way to tie them. The Cubs just need to 8-6 the rest of the way to get to 90 wins.

I don't understand why Counsell let Hernan Perez hit with the bases loaded in the 6th inning. He has been playing the platoon advantage in nearly every game for a while now with his starting lineups. Trailing 6-3 at the time with the bases loaded, he lets his worst hitter in the lineup hit when he had better choices on his bench. He had Thames, Villar, Vogt, and Phillips all available and would have been better options. After Neil Walker walks, Perez who has horrible plate discipline, swings at the first pitch and pops out. Counsell's explanation was this, "He thought about Thames with bases full in sixth but felt good about Perez's chances. Thought another big spot would arise for Thames." That spot was the ball game right there.
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Brewers @ Marlins @ Miller Park
Big road series this week end.

Friday, LHP Adam Conley (6-7, 5.23) TBA
Saturday, RHP Odrisamer Despaign (0-3, 4.38) RHP Zach Davies (17-8, 3.67)
Sunday, LHP Dillon Peters (0-1, 2.50) RHP Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 3.14)
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