So, you haven’t been able to watch much baseball lately and you have been craving the sound the crowd makes when a homer is hit in Miller Park, but were you at least keeping up with all the action in the Brewers offseason? With a bunch of major moves that some are calling “well done” and ” much needed”, the Brewers are already riding high before the 2011 season is underway.
Picking up a couple pitchers, in Marcum (one year deal) and Greinke (two year deal), was just the tip of the iceberg for the Brewers this offseason. They also had other players that needed to be signed and young players they needed to remember from last year. Watching some young talent get traded away for a pitcher and shortstop sure was tough, but as a Brewer fan, I knew it was something that only made sense.
The Brewers extended the contract they have with Ricky Weeks for another 4 years and that one could be worth about $50 million, but more importantly, that keeps Ricky in Milwaukee with the already tight offense for a couple more years. Players like Counsell, Braun and Lucroy really came around in the 2010 season and seem a bit more “chipper” since the departure of skipper Macha at the end of last season.
New closer John Axford is taking his role on the Brewers very seriously and is enjoying all the things he is learning while training with Trevor Hoffman. Axford has a wicked mustache, which you can catch up with on Facebook, a calom style and is really just down to earth. You can pretty much follow is every move on Twitter these days @JohnAxford.
The front office was a busy one to say the least, but there are still some questions out there. One, of course, is regarding Fielder and what will happen with him this season. With an up and down over the last couple of years, we can only hope that he does well. Some aren’t really thinking he will be around much longer, but if the Brewers do well and Fielder stays “standard”, then the Crew might be able to sign him at the end of the season for less money than any other team might pay if he does “outstanding”.
Throw in a brand new $5 million scoreboard and the Brewers are set to take it to the next level. I, with the help from other authors here, will be trying to keep up with every move they make on their way to the playoffs this year.
What do you think about the Brewers offseason situation?