Friday, April 5, 2013

Milwaukee Brewer "Destination" Delusion

A recent OnMilwaukee article proclaimed, "Attanasio has made the Brewers a destination."

For evidence, the following player signings were offered as proof:
  • Kyle Lohse [34 years old, 4.45 career ERA]
  • Zack Greinke [no longer with the Brewers]
  • Ricky Bottalico [retired]
  • Jeff Suppan [played for San Diego in 2012]
  • Randy Wolf [no longer with the Brewers]
  • Aramis Ramirez [34 years old, .280 career hitter]
The article also offers up the qualifier, "Yes, CC Sabathia and Prince Fielder walked away – the Brewers will never be in that financial stratosphere – but the signings of the last few years are more impactful than bringing in likes of Chris Coste, Scott Sheldon, Brooks Kieschnick, John Vander Wal and Tony Fernandez."

If the article were titled or was implying, "Brewers turn things around with good management, keen minor league development, and workable role-player signings," I'd agree. But to say the Brewers have become a destination among sought-after free agents, that's quite a stretch. 

According to the MLB Network (2013 season projections), the Brewers currently have only 3 of the top 100 players in baseball: Yovani Gallardo, Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun. Gallardo and Braun were both draft picks of the Brewers.

It's nice to see the Brewers are competitive again. But lets not put the cart ahead of the horse. 

Go Brewers!

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