Merry Christmas to all 3 that read this blog!
With the Winter Meetings starting in Las Vegas today one can't help but wonder what sort of tricks Doug Melvin will pull out of his sleeves. It was only 3 years ago when Christmas Eve rolled around and Melvin surpised everyone with a trade that landed Jeff Supan in Milwaukee. Although I have not been a fan of him since his arrival (his play, not character), he has had some above-average moments in a Brewer uniform.
Here is where the Brewers are at:
* Waiting on a response from CC's party to their initial deal made over a month ago. Throw us a bone here CC. If we're not even in the ball park of what you want, let us know so that we can move on. The longer you take in leading us on...the more subtle my clapping will be in your first game back to Miller Park in a Giants uniform.
Doug Melvin may up the offer to 6 years, which most think should have been done right off the bat. That would bring it to 120mm, rather than the initial 90MM (latest report of initial offer).
*JJ Hardy is a stand-up guy. He wants to be a Brewer and has certainly bought in to what they are doing in Milwaukee. Let's hope that Melvin stays true to his word and holds on to JJ. Although there may be some offers too good to refuse this week....hold your ground. He is one of the best short stops in the league!
Other teams that are in the mix: NY Yankees, Halo's, and the Giants.
*Ben Sheets has declined arbitration and will hope for a better deal out in the market place...which will probably only land him a 2 year deal at-best.
"As Class A free agents, Sabathia and Sheets would net the Brewers two high picks next June should they sign with other clubs. Shouse, a Class B free agent, would net the Brewers one compensation pick should he sign elsewhere." -JSonline.com
*Brian Shouse declined arbitration as well. So there goes a viable left handed reliever. He will be sorely missed.
*There are only two players this off season who have accepted arbitration, one was Carl Weathers of the Reds. He's old though.