Tag:Brewers
Posted on: October 3, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Report: Macha out in Milwaukee

Ken Macha Ken Macha is out in Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt reports .

Haudricourt cites "sources familiar with the Brewers' plans" as telling him the team will not pick up the 2011 option on Macha's contract. The team is expected to make it official on Monday.

The Brewers went 77-85 this season and 80-82 in 2009.

After Sunday's loss to the Reds, Macha said he hadn't been told if he'd be back.

"That's totally out of my control," Macha said. "It's not my decision."

UPDATE: Macha confirms to the Associated Press that he's gone.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Hoffman unsure of future

Trevor Hoffman Trevor Hoffman doesn't know if he's going to retire, but he does know he won't be back in Milwaukee.

"Why would they pay $7 million for me to pitch in this role?" Hoffman told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .

Hoffman has been replaced as the team's closer by rookie John Axford. The team has a $7 million option for 2011 that includes a buyout of $750,000.

"If I'm going to continue playing, I don't want to continue in this capacity," Hoffman said. "I'd like to see what's out there, if there's [an] option to close somewhere. I know it wasn't a great year, but it's five months out of a decent run."

Hoffman will be 43 next week and has 601 career saves. He blew five of his first 10 save opportunities this season, but has a 2.67 ERA over his last 32 appearances.

"I might not get to that stage [of fielding offers]," Hoffman said. "I might make my decision before I ever get to that. It would have to be a fit like this. I don't know how many fits are out there like this."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 30, 2010 8:33 pm
 

Brewers sticking with GM

Doug Melvin
The Brewers have had a rough season, and according to owner Mark Attanasio, that includes his general manager. But Attanasio said he still has confidence in Doug Melvin and doesn't plan to make a change this winter.

"He’s the guy next year. He still has two years on his contract," Attanasio told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "This was a tough season. Doug would be the first one to tell you this was a tough season. I [wouldn't] say any general manager, year in and year out, exceeds expectations. In my six seasons here, this was his first tough season ... There’s a disappointing season and a body of work. You separate the two."

Melvin took the job after the 2002 season, when the Brewers lost 106 games, and in his third year the team had a non-losing season for the first time in 15 years. In 2008 they went to the playoffs for the first time since 1982, thanks in large part to Melvin's midseason trade for CC Sabathia.

With the 10th-highest payroll of 16 National League teams, Melvin and manager Ken Macha (who will likely suffer a different fate than Melvin in a few days) haven't been able to keep the Brewers at that level the past two years. But there are some nice pieces in place in Milwaukee, and the future looks promising enough that Attanasio will give Melvin a chance to keep building.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 27, 2010 11:47 am
 

Hoffman cashes in


All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman has been relegated to the background with John Axford's emergence in Milwaukee, but his appearance Sunday, just his third this month, was a big one. It was a $250,000 inning.

Hoffman pitched the ninth inning against Florida, his 35th game finished this season. According to his contract, that threshold kicked in an escalation of his 2011 option, from $7 million to $7.5 million. Obviously the Brewers won't be picking up their end of that mutual option, but the buyout also increased, from $500,000 to $750,000. Not bad for a few minutes' work.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 9:05 pm
 

Brewers sign DiFelice

Mark DiFelice, who has missed the entire 2010 season following major shoulder surgery, has signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers and pitching in their instructional league, according to MLB.com.

DiFelice, 34, was in the Milwaukee bullpen the past two years (the Pennsylvania native also, incidentally, was the opening-game starter for Italy in the 2009 World Baseball Classic). His contract calls for him to be invited to major-league spring training next season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:57 am
 

Edmonds' career may be over

Could Jim Edmonds' 393rd home run have been the most bittersweet -- and last -- of his career?

Edmonds, who had already contemplated retiring during his recent DL stint for an oblique strain, homered for the second time in his four games back from the DL on Tuesday night. But as Edmonds jogged around the bases, it became clear his legs weren't under him and at one point he had to start skipping to get home. Afterward, Edmonds said he thought he might have torn his right Achilles tendon that has bothered him for much of this season.

Jim Edmonds "Something popped when I was running around the bases," Edmonds told MLB.com's Mark Sheldon . "The first couple of steps, I felt like I completely popped it. I was just worried about what my next step was going to feel like. I had to slow down for a second. I realized my foot wasn't falling off and I tried to keep jogging. It was pretty painful. It was just the same battle all year long. It gets better, it gets worse. This was the first time it's really popped or felt like it tore. We'll see what happens."

Edmonds was originally in the lineup in center field, but Joey Votto was a late scratch with a sinus infection, moving Edmonds to first. Miguel Cairo replaced Edmonds.

Edmonds didn't play last season before returning with the Brewers this season. The 40-year old was traded to the Reds on Aug. 9 and played in nine games with Cincinnati before his first DL stint. The Reds hoped he'd be able to add some pop to their bench for the postseason -- but not this kind of pop.

Before hearing just how serious the injury was, former teammate Ryan Braun joked that Edmonds was jus trying to end his career on top.

"He was just waiting to hit a home run and call it a career," Milwaukee's Ryan Braun said. "Hit a homer and job into the sunset. … He'll be back for the postseason, I think. I know Jimmy."

However, watching the way Edmonds  had to hobble around the bases, it seems Braun's first instinct will be closer to the truth than his hope Edmonds can return. He will be examined today, with more information known then. Still, it looked as if he's rounded the bases for the last time.

If it is the end, Edmonds finishes as probably just a tick below the Hall of Fame level, but certainly worth discussion. For his career, he hit .284/.376/.527 with 393 home runs and 1,199 RBI. His career OPS+ is 132 and according to FanGraphs has a career WAR of 68.2. Edmonds was also one of the best defensive -- or at least most exciting -- center fielders of this generation, winning eight Gold Gloves and making four All-Star teams.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 21, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Escobar must make mechanical changes

Alcides Escobar If Alcides Escobar wants to have a long major-league career, it's going to start with making adjustments at the plate.

Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum says that Escobar has a mechanical flaw in his swing he must fix if he wants to succeed, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel .

"He has to change his mechanics," said Sveum. "What he's doing won't hold up to big-league pitching on a consistent basis. He has a winter project to work on."

Escobar corralled a starting job near the end of the 2009 season, hitting .304/.333/.368 in 143 plate appearances and with a reputation for fantastic defense. That reputation has taken a bit of a knock, but even if it was superlative, it would be hard to cover up Escobar's .237/.288/.327 mark in 528 PA. He has no power to speak of despite lifting 34.2 percent of hits for fly balls, and that's where the problem lies according to Sveum.

Escobar gets out front, dipping his front shoulder as Sveum explains. This flaw forces Escobar to elevate his shoulder to swing at pitches, which gives his swing an uppercut, flyball tendency -- which doesn't jive with Escobar's lack of power and above-average speed. What Escobar should be doing instead is focusing on line drives and legging out groundballs.

"He's got to understand it's a game of adjustments," said Sveum. "It's very difficult, the way he hits, to use his God-given hand-eye coordination. He's so front-foot forward."

Sveum acknowledges that it may take time for the 23-year-old to change, as he's experienced success up until this season.

"Sometimes you hit rock bottom before you change," said Sveum. "It's a game of adjustments and he has to make some."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:41 pm
 

Davis done in Milwaukee

Doug Davis The Doug Davis era in Milwaukee is over.

General manager Doug Melvin told the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt -- and Davis -- that despite Davis' hopes to be activated and pitch out of the pen down the stretch, the team wouldn't be doing that.

"I told him it would be tough [to get him innings] because we're playing teams in the pennant race," Melvin said. "And we want to see some of our young pitchers. I told him why [he wouldn't be activated]."

Davis, who turns 35 next week, was signed in the offseason to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with a $6.5 million mutual option for 2011. Melvin said the team would be buying out that option for $1 million.

Davis was 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts. He missed time with a virus in the lining of his heart and elbow tendinitis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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