The Crew and Todd Coffey came to an agreement of 2.25MM (+ $2.00) deal, meeting at just-under the half way mark. Arbitration can get ugly, but this was certainly a win-win situation for everyone involved. Coffey was a stud last year; going 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA in 2009. He was the anchor in the bullpen if you will. He led all other NL relievers in innings pitched (83) and proved to be another successful mid-season pick-up by Doug Melvin. After all, it was the Reds who cut ties with him in 2008 and Milwaukee picked him up off of waivers. Milwaukee's bullpen will be one of the best in the NL this coming season. With the log jam at the starting rotation, the pen is promised at least 2 pitchers who can throw 3 or 4 innings if needed (Villy & Suppan). Jeff Suppan has to be considered the front runner to be the go-to guy in the pen. Coffey can move up to set-up if needed. Both Coffey and (newly acquired) Hawkins should provide a nice 1-2 punch before Trevor Hoffman closes it down.
The fellas over at Rightfieldbleachers.com posted a story on Manny Parra. He was interviewed by a Milwaukee sports station about the upcoming season. Manny is feeling confident about it and the rotation. He too, feels that Milwaukee can win 10 more games in 2010 with a slightly improved rotation. This echos what I have been saying and what Rick Peterson has argued. If you make slight improvements to the top 5 hurlers, you can drastically change the results of an 80 win team from a year ago. The offense if just too much to ignore.
Ben Sheets looked impressive in his throwing audition yesterday. The Mets seem to be front runners in landing him. They are foolish enough too.