Brewers' Offseason Needs


by Andrew Coughlin

The Brewers organization can go into this off-season breathing a little easier by finishing the 2012 season strong. A lot of money is coming off the books so what does GM Doug Melvin have planned for his off-season moves?

The 2012 opening day starting rotation lost Chris Narveson due to a season ending shoulder injury, Zack Greinke to trade, Randy Wolf to ineffectiveness and Shaun Marcum to nagging injuries and now, free agency.  Apart from SP Yovani Gallardo and closer John Axford, no pitcher from the staff is guaranteed a spot in either the starting rotation or the bullpen. Barring injury and manager discretion, Milwaukee will be returning their starting lineup virtually intact.  So what will the Brewers' GM target this coming off-season?  Well, pitching of course.

I think Doug Melvin would like to add one or possibly two veteran starting pitchers via free agency.  I would not put it past Melvin to make a trade for a starting pitcher as well.  As history has shown us, Melvin is not afraid to wheel-and-deal to get exactly what he feels will make this team a playoff contender.

However, the strong showing of the young pitchers brought up from the minors this year has enabled Melvin to keep his options open.  Now, instead of a pressing need to completely revamp their pitching staff, he can sort through available free agents, offer up a package of young prospects for veteran pitchers or simply hang onto these young guys and have them compete for a starting rotation or bullpen spot.

The main point here is Melvin has more options.  The Brewers 2012 team payroll exceeded $100 million.  With Greinke($13.5 million), Marcum($7.725), Wolf($9.5), Francisco Rodriguez($8), Nyjer Morgan($2.35) and a few other players yet to be determined, off the books, Melvin will have some room to work with in free agency this year.  From just these five players combined, that's $41.075 million deducted from next years payroll.  There will be player raises and other payroll information that we just do not know, but the fact is the Brewers will indeed have room to spend this off-season if they wish to do so.

I think they'll sign two free agent starting pitchers and two relief pitchers at the very least.  But who knows what Melvin has up his sleeve?  He's been known to get very creative when we least expect it.  

Who would you like the Brewers to go after?

Here is a list of the free agent pitchers for the upcoming off-season.

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Starting pitchers
Erik Bedard (34)
Joe Blanton (32)
Bartolo Colon (40)
Aaron Cook (34)
Kevin Correia (32)
Ryan Dempster (36)
Jeff Francis (32)
Freddy Garcia (37)
Zack Greinke (28)
Jeremy Guthrie (34)
Rich Harden (31)
Edwin Jackson (29)
Hiroki Kuroda (38)
Francisco Liriano (29)
Kyle Lohse (34)
Derek Lowe (40)
Shaun Marcum (31)
Jason Marquis (34)
Daisuke Matsuzaka (32)
Brandon McCarthy (29)
Kevin Millwood (38)
Jamie Moyer (50)
Roy Oswalt (35)
Carl Pavano (37)
Anibal Sanchez (29)
Jonathan Sanchez (30)
Joe Saunders (32)
Carlos Villanueva (29)
Chien-Ming Wang (33)
Kip Wells (36)
Randy Wolf (36)
Chris Young (34)
Carlos Zambrano (32)

Jonathan Broxton (29)
Brandon League (30)
Mariano Rivera (43)
Jose Valverde (35)

Right-handed relievers
Jeremy Accardo (31)
Mike Adams (34)
Luis Ayala (35)
Miguel Batista (42)
Shawn Camp (37)
Francisco Cordero (38)
Juan Cruz (34)
Chad Durbin (35)
Kyle Farnsworth (37)
Jason Frasor (35)
Kevin Gregg (35)
Jason Grilli (36)
LaTroy Hawkins (38)
Clay Hensley (33)
Livan Hernandez (38)
Bobby Jenks (32)
Brad Lidge (36)
Derek Lowe (40)
Mark Lowe (30)
Brandon Lyon (33)
Guillermo Mota (39)
Juan Carlos Oviedo (29)
Vicente Padilla (35)
Brad Penny (35)
Joel Peralta (37)
Chad Qualls (34)
Ramon Ramirez (31)
Jon Rauch (34)
Francisco Rodriguez (31)
Takashi Saito (43)
Koji Uehara (38)
Carlos Villanueva (29)
Randy Wells (30)
Jamey Wright (38)

Left-handed relievers
Jeremy Affeldt (34)
Tim Byrdak (39)
Randy Choate (37)
Mike Gonzalez (35)
Alex Hinshaw (30)
J.P. Howell (28)
Will Ohman (35)
J.C. Romero (37)
Hisanori Takahashi (38)


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