Friday, January 23, 2009

Brewers and Fielder Close In On Two-Year Deal

Pending any problems with his physical, it looks like the Crew and Fielder have settled on a two-year deal worth $18 million. I think this is a good deal for both parties and gives the Brewers much needed flexibility.

What puzzles me, though, is why did Fielder turn down the 5-year $60 million extension that the Brewers offered him last year? How much more money is Prince going to make over the next five years? Is is really worth the risk? If Fielder would have taken last year's offer, he would have been 28-years old at the end of the deal and been in line to make $15 - $20 million ++ a year in his prime money making years. Personally, I think this is a mistake that Prince might very well regret. "Thank Scott Boras, Prince, but done blame him. At the end of the day, it was still your decision".

What do you think, Brewer fans?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Milwaukee Brewers Sign Hoffman and Hardy

The Milwaukee Brewers added some relief depth to their bullpen by signing Trevor Hoffman. Hoffman is MLB's all-time save leader. Although 41, Hoffman can still pitch and should give the Brewers some flexibilty toward the end of their bullpen. Who knows? He might pitch the 7th, 8th or could possibly close out some games. His great experience could very well rub off on a number of younger guys on the staff.

The Crew made a smart move in avoiding arbitration and signing JJ Hardy to a one-year deal. Hardy gets a $2 million bump from last year, up from $2.65 million. I think that's a solid deal for the Brew. Hardy is a solid shortstop and gives his ballclub some much needed pop. It's a good thing for the Brew to keep a good, young player happy and this signing gives the Brewers more flexibility.

I guess we'll see what else the Brewer brass has on their radar in the next couple of weeks.

What do you think, Brewer fans?