In 2010 Brewer fans could not wait until the off season to see Macha go and what kind of deals the front office was going to come up with. EVERY person that watched the Brewers knew they needed some pitching. The 2010 Brewers had an offense most teams dream of having, but without any real strong pitching, all the runs for nothing most of the time.
So, let’s take a look at the deals the front office worked through the 2011 spring training. The first one, and most talked about was the trade for Zack Greinke. The Brewers gave up enough to get this guy and it will be tough seeing him start on the DL for 2011, considering his injury was not baseball related. The highest paid Brewer came with another price in that the Brewers had to give up Escobar, who was doing an excellent job at shortstop, two pitching prospects and a young outfielder.
They did all that and kept Prince Fielder at the same time. Each fan thought for sure the only way to get a good pitcher was to trade away the 1st baseman, but that didn’t have to happen, apparently. The next couple transactions were Shaun Marcum and Mark Kotsay. Another bit of depth on the field in a pitcher and catcher.
Since March started the Brewers have STILL been doing some dealin’ and they found ANOTHER pitcher from the Yankees, Sergio Mitre, who they got while sending away Chris Dickerson. And finally, Nyjer Morgan (Google this hot head) from the Nationals for cash and Cutter Dykstra.
Now, that is a bit of information from the more important trades they made in the off season. As a Brewer fan myself, I wondered how they did all of this and STILL have Prince Fielder? What does that say exactly? Is he not wanted, no teams were inquiring about him? Why did we have all this buzz about getting rid of him, when it really didn’t seem close to happening?
I am completely amazed that the front office got all of this done and held onto Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Randy Wolf, John Axford and Casey McGehee (all of whom I thought had potential for trades). What do you think?