So, I was sitting around the house day-dreaming about the ’09 ballhawking season when I came up with an interesting notion…what if the Brewers contacted Big Randy’s people and Big Randy’s people contacted the Brewers people and talked about a possible 1 yr. deal to come pitch for the Brew Crew??!!
Allow me to digress for a moment.
The Brewers rotation WILL lose two big guns to free agency.
Adios big boy.
C.C. Sabathia is looking down the barrel of a 6yr/140MM offer from the Yanks (probably more).
Ol’ Benny boy will become permanently MIA instead of just every 5th day.
Which leads me to the guys who will actually be there in 2009.
Which leads me back to Randy Johnson.
Here are a few things of note:
1. The man is not returning to pitch for the D’backs. This we know. They offered him 2-3 million to come back in ’09. He said he would’ve settled for 8 million.
2. He seeks a 1 yr. deal. Low risk/high return.
3. He is left-handed.
4. He still throws heat.
5. He is 5 wins shy of the elite 300 win club.
(imagine the marketing opportunities…souvenir flamethrowers, anyone?)
6. He still has gas left in the tank.
Take a look at his 2008 statistics
-11 wins/10 losses
-.260 Batting Average Against
-184 Innings Pitched
BRING RANDY TO MILWAUKEE!! RANDY, COME TO MILWAUKEE!!
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The Milwaukee Brewers # 1 Fan and ballhawk “The Happy Youngster”
Now that the 2008 season is officially in the books, what’s next? Many important decisions need to be made.
I’ve started this blog because this is about the time depression sets in. A long winter thinking back to the previous season and a winter made even longer shoveling snow and thinking spring.
Does Sveum return? The players want him back. What about the rest of the coaching staff? Will Bill Castro remain the longest tenured coach in the league?
What player moves need to be made? Bill Hall, Rickie Weeks, Mike Cameron…to name a few.
The starting pitching might be a mess if we can’t resign the big fella. Lots of pressure to put on Yovanni Gallardo and Manny Parra if C.C. Sabathia doesn’t return.
Alcides Escobar has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues if you ask me. That kid needs to play shortstop. Does that move J.J. Hardy to third? To the trading block? I personally think he would be great at third.
Lots of talk of Prince Fielder being dealt. I don’t see this happening with no viable replacement coming from within.
The bottom line is the Brewers have some work to do to keep pace with the Cubs, Cardinals, Astros and the young and improving Reds (Sorry Pittsburgh).
Let me know what you think…it’s a long offseason.
ONLY 183 DAYS LEFT TIL’ OPENING DAY…