TO: Doug Melvin GM – Milwaukee Brewers
(Feel free to print this checklist out and take it with you to the Winter Meetings)
FIND A STARTING PITCHER
Good young pitcher that might be available in exchange for a big-league ready hitter. Under team control through 2010, Zack has only scratched the surface of his potential.
Might be available for offense due to Tigers excessive investment in starting pitching. Young and ready to bounce back after a down year in ’08. He’s signed through 2010.
Signed through 2010, Cabrera has untapped potential. The O’s might be ready to give up on him for some prospects. Could be worth a shot for a team like the Brew Crew.
Another candidate for a bounceback campaign, Bonser could be dealt for a 2nd baseman.
The Reds are apparently quietly listening to offers for Arroyo. He’s durable and an absolute innings-eater. Could be a decent pickup.
(See Jeremy Bonderman)
When you’re a smaller market team like the Milwaukee Brewers, you can’t battle with the big boys in terms of free agent spending. That’s why trades become a more feasible option. I don’t know what the Brewers plan to do, but one thing is for certain, they better add a legit starting pitcher to the mix if they want to contend again in ’09.