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Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:48 pm
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Brewers to make a pitch for Greinke extension

Zack Greinke

By C. Trent Rosecrans


At this point of the season, there's little reason to worry much about free agency -- there's a lot more things to happen before it's an issue. But during the long six weeks of real nothingness that is spring training, most of the free agents-to-be will be asked about their impending status.

Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke is today's subject. In Brewers camp, the 28-year-old was asked about his plans after this season. While, as is customary in this dance, Greinke said he was interested in re-signing with Milwaukee, he also acknowledged the possibility of listening to offers.

Greinke is currently without an agent, but said he'd hire a new one after the season -- thus insinuating he's not going to sign with the Brewers before testing the free-agent waters.

"I think it would be kind of neat. There could be positives to it, and there could end up being negatives. It’s not like everyone who gets to free agency, it ends up working perfectly for them, and everything comes true that they want," Greinke told Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Sometimes it ends up backfiring on you and you would have been better off signing with your team. A lot of times, when you get all 30 teams fighting for you, you should be in a pretty good situation. It has happened where it doesn’t work out for people."

That kind of statement sows the seeds in the mind of the Brewers' brass that he could re-sign with the Brewers before he's eligible for free agency. He noted that owner Mark Attanasio and general manager Doug Melvin are expected to meet this weekend to talk about an extension with Greinke.

Said Melvin (again, via the Journal Sentinel): "Mark and I have to talk first," said Melvin. "We won't let (having no agent) stop us if we decide to talk to him. There's no timetable to do it. We haven't set any timetable. We definitely have to have a conversation (with Greinke) before the season starts. I'd like to be able to do that."

That said, he should be, along with Cole Hamels and Matt Cain, the prize of the free-agent market this coming winter. No matter what is said now, there's a lot more money available after the season than before it. The Brewers will certainly make an offer, but that doesn't guarantee much, if anything.

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Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Mets GM says team isn't out of Reyes race

Jose ReyesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson isn't counting his team out of the Jose Reyes sweepstakes. Alderson said Monday that he is still talking with Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg.

"I still think it's early, notwithstanding all the background noise of the past week," Alderson told reporters, including the New York Daily News' Andy Martino

Alderson, of course, was talking about the reports last week of Reyes signing with the Marlins. The Marlins are perhaps the most vocal of their courtship of the former Mets shortstop, with owner Jeffrey Loria acknowledging the team's offer to Reyes.

MIlwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said he's spoken with Reyes' representatives, although he said he hasn't decided whether the team was interested in pursuing Reyes. When asked the extent of his dealings with Reyes, he told reporters, "One phone call, no numbers," according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Brewers are also interested in Rafael Furcal, the paper reported.

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Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:33 pm
 

La Russa complains about Miller Park scoreboard

Tony La RussaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You know it's a big series for the Cardinals if Tony La Russa is complaining. 

This time? The ribbon scoreboard at Miller Park. The Cardinals manager complained that the lights on the scoreboard near home plate were darker when the Brewers were batting than when the Cardinals were batting. La Russa filed a complaint with umpire Gary Darling on Monday night and the Brewers heard from the MLB on Monday.

In the end -- shocker -- it was much ado about nothing.

"We didn't change anything," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed."

The Brewers are 40-14 at home and 21-35 on the road, so apparently it's all about the scoreboard.

There have been enough whispers about impropriety at Miller Park that Haudricourt said he asked manager Ron Roenicke "point-blank if the Brewers were cheating at home."

"If we are, I know nothing about it," Roenicke responded. "I would think I would be [in the loop.]"

The Brewers beat Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals 6-2 on Monday, giving Milwaukee a 3 1/2-game lead in the National League Central. The Cardinals had eight hits on Monday, but were just 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position. 

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Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:14 am
Edited on: May 24, 2011 11:02 am
 

Pepper: Brian Fuentes criticizes manager Geren



By Evan Brunell

FUENTES BLOWS UP: Brian Fuentes, the Athletics closer, had some strong words for manager Bob Geren after losing his seventh game of the year. He's now blown five of seven tie games and Fuentes isn't happy about the skipper's communication skills, saying Geren has handled his communication with the reliever poorly.

"There’s just no communication," Fuentes says. "Two games, on the road, bring the closer in a tied game, with no previous discussions of doing so. And then, tonight, in the seventh inning, I get up. I haven’t stretched, I haven’t prepared myself. If there was some communication beforehand I would be ready to come into the game  -- which I was, when I came into the game, I was ready. Just lack of communication. I don’t think anybody really knows which direction he’s headed."

Fuentes really shouldn't be complaining about being brought in during a tie game on the road. The general rule of thumb is that you deploy your closer with a tie at home or lead on the road, but that doesn't mean everyone has to follow that tenet -- not to mention that rule of thumb is a pretty weak one. You bring in your best reliever for the situation that demands it most, end of story.

That aside, it appears as if Geren doesn't have the right pulse on Fuentes -- or maybe even the bullpen as a whole. Fuentes says it's difficult to adhere to what appears to be a random schedule, instead of being afforded time to stretch and prepare for coming into the game in the eighth or ninth. Again, we're seeing "established" rules for closers with no reason for being established causing problems. In Fuentes' defense, however, he didn't trailblaze these established rules -- he's just following them and it's easy to see how he thinks they're a valuable part of his preparation. From the manager's perspective, though, Fuentes may have very well been the best choice to come into the seventh inning. The problem is when you don't communicate effectively.

"I thought he misspoke," Fuentes said of when he first learned Geren wanted him in the game in the seventh. "I thought it was some sort of miscommunication, but he said, ‘No, you’re up,’ so I got up and cranked it up. You can’t try to guess along with them. Very unpredictable."

Fuentes adds that this hasn't been a situation that's been slowly getting worse; rather, it's fairly recent and Fuentes first became displeased when Oakland traveled to San Francisco this past weekend. Or maybe it's because Fuentes has a 6.48 ERA in 8 1/3 May innings.

"I think the games in San Francisco were some unorthodox managing," he noted. "I thought it was maybe the National league thing, that maybe that had something to do with it, but [Monday] was pretty unbelievable."

Just don't expect Fuentes to be the one to initiate communication. He's going to leave that up to Geren.

"I can’t predict the future. If he decides to take that step, then there will be communication. If not, I’ll make sure I’m ready from the first." (MLB.com)

LOSING CONFIDENCE: Wins and losses don't matter from an evaluation perspective, that much is clear. But for a pitcher, it can be pretty demoralizing to see an 0-7 mark next to his name, like John Danks is dealing with despite a 4.34 ERA that is plenty good enough to keep him in the rotation, as manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It’s getting harder and harder," Danks said. "That's the blunt truth. But like I said, it doesn’t do me any good to sit and dwell on it or feel sorry for myself. I got to come in ready to work and have myself ready for my next strart. That’s how I’ll go about it." (Chicago Tribune)

RANDY POFFO, BASEBALL PLAYER: Before "Macho Man" Randy Savage became a sensation in the wrestling world, he was an aspiring baseball player with a tremendous work ethic who just didn't have the talent to go beyond Class A. But that didn't stop Savage, whose real name was Randy Poffo, from trying. (Sports Illustrated)

SAVAGE HOMER: When Brewers GM Doug Melvin heard that Savage had died, it took him a while to figure out that Savage was the same Poffo who played in the minor leagues. "I think he hit a homer off me," Melvin said, hearkening back to 1972 when the two would have been on opposing rookie-ball teams. Unfortunately, Melvin was unable to verify this, as he could not find boxscores. (MLB.com)

MOVING ON: It's hard to, but Francisco Rodriguez is trying to move on from the much-publicized altercation with his ex-girlfriend's father last season. Rodriguez is off to a fantastic start as closer and appears to have made major strides mentally. (New York Daily News)

MANAGING FOR THE FANS: In case it's not clear for you just yet, Jim Leyland manages for the fans, not with fans. Leyland didn't take too kindly to being second-guessed for taking Rick Porcello out of a game in which he was one-hitting the Pirates after eight innings with 84 pitches. Closer Jose Valverde finished off the win, and Leyland went on a rant Monday about being second-guessed. (Detroit Free-Press)

START 'ER UP: The Cardinals will put Mitchell Boggs into the rotation at Triple-A after the reliever was demoted in a bit of a surprising move on Monday. The transition to the rotation isn't permanent, but it will afford St. Louis some security in rotation depth as well as allow Boggs to fine-tune his secondary offerings. (FoxSportsMidwest.com)

GOING OPPOSITE: David Ortiz seems to be taking a page out of Adrian Gonzalez's book, as Big Papi is going to the opposite field more than he ever has before, banging balls off the Green Monster. Of Ortiz's 27 hits at home so far, 14 have gone the opposite way. Compare that to a full-season total of 16 in 2008. (WEEI)

MOVE THE WALLS: Padres manager Bud Black might be getting sick of the decrepit Padres offense. Black has avoided all comment about possibly moving the walls of Petco Park in, but admitted Monday he thought there was "room for discussion." (MLB.com)

GLOVE MAN: What can't Eric Hosmer do? All the focus has been on Hosmer's offense, but he sports a pretty good glove too. Alcides Escobar thinks so, smiling enthusiastically when asked about Hosmer's defense. (Kansas City Star)

SLOW AND STEADY: Adam Lind still hasn't played in a game since May 7 thanks to a sore back, but that could finally be coming Wednesday. Once Lind returns from his minor-league rehab assignment, he'll return to first base but will see starts at DH mixed in to ease him back physically. (MLB.com)

DAT DUDE: Brandon Phillips' Twitter account is among the best in sports and has turned him into a marketing machine who fans adore. That's quite a ways from the kind of person he was in Cleveland. This is a nice profile of Phillips and how Twitter has impacted him. (MLB.com)

SELLING OUT: The Double-A Dayton Dragons are at 799 consecutive sellouts and if all goes according to plan, July 9 is when the Dragons will take out the Portland Trail Blazers for most consecutive sellouts in sports history. However, 40-60 tickets a game for the 7,230-seat stadium remain, although the team does not appear concerned about that posing an issue. (Dayton Daily News)

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Posted on: March 22, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Gamel could be Brewers' backup plan at first

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Mat GamelThe Brewers may have found their replacement for Prince Fielder after the season, and he's not coming from outside.

Former highly-touted third base prospect Mat Gamel was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday to learn how to play first base. With Casey McGehee seemingly entrenched at third for the Brewers and Gamel struggling defensively, it seems like a natural fit. Or at least a pretty good contingency plan. Fielder is a free agent after this season and not many expect him to return to Milwaukee.

Gamel has suffered from injuries, but also found his way to the majors blocked by McGehee, Corey Hart in right and Ryan Braun in left. Before the 2009 season, Baseball America ranked him the No. 34 prospect in all of baseball. In the minors, he's certainly hit, putting up a .302/.376.489 line in six seasons, along with 77 home runs.

Last season he played at three levels, hitting .309/.387/.511 with 13 homers in 82 games at Nashville. 

"I told Mat that playing first base is not like sticking a Little Leaguer in right," general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Michael Hunt. "It's a tough position. A lot goes into it."

Melvin also said the team doesn't want Gamel playing right field for the Sounds. There has been speculation that the team could move Hart to first and Gamel replace him in right.

Gamel, serving mostly as a designated hitter this spring, hit .375/.444/.375 with three hits in eight at-bats this spring. A rib cage injury has limited his at-bats this spring.

In 167 career big league plate appearances, Gamel's hit .241/.335/.414 with five homers and 21 RBI. The bulk of his big league experience, 61 of 75 games, came in 2009. He's also played left field and served as the team's designated hitter and a pinch hitter. He played in 12 games last season.

The team is leaning toward keeping Erick Almonte or Luis Cruz to fill the backup infielder spot, Hunt writes.

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Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:17 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2010 5:37 pm
 

Brewers' pitching coach up in the air

Ron Roenicke In kind of an interesting in retrospect kind of way, Brewers manager Doug Melvin (picutred, right) revealed the eight candidates he interviewed for the managerial job.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel , in addition to the man they did hire, Ron Roenicke (pictured, left), the team also considered Bobby Valentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora, Don Wakamatsu, Tim Wallach, Eric Wedge and Pat Listach.

Melvin -- the GM, not the candidate -- also said the Brewers never made an offer to Valentine, as was reported by several national reporters.

"It never got that far," Melvin said. "We did not make him an offer."

Haudricourt also said Melvin told him his new manager, Roenicke, will meet with the team's pitching coach Rick Peterson, who is under contract for next season. If the two don't hit it off, the Brewers could still make a change.

"I want to wait until Ron sits down with him and see what happens," Melvin said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 9:44 am
 

Brewers still deciding on manager

The Brewers are still doing their homework on their four managerial candidates, owner Mark Attansaio told Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel .

In an e-mail Attansio said the Brewers are "finalizing the collection of information and discussions" about their next manager.

The Brewers are down to four candidates, Bobby Velentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora and Ron Reonicke.

Haudricourt writes that general manager Doug Melvin is a "backer" of Valentine, but he'll cost the most.

Also, Journal Sentinel business writer Don Walker wrote that Valentine's contract with ESPN stipulates he must give the news to ESPN first if he accepts a managerial job.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:19 pm
 

Brewers owner says no manager pick yet

There have been plenty of reports that the Brewers have decided to hire Bobby Valentine, but the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt throws a "not so fast" into the fire .

Haudricourt writes that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio passed on a message to him that the Brewers haven't made a decision yet. He goes on to write that Attanasio hasn't had time to meet with general manager Doug Melvin and assistant Gord Ash to make the final decision.

According to Haudricourt, none of the final four -- Valentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora and Ron Roenicke -- have been eliminated yet.

Still, it will hardly be a surprise if Valentine is the pick. If the announcement isn't Tuesday, it will be after the World Series.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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