Now that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is over, let’s get back to business.
Contrary to what many “experts” believe, the Milwaukee Brewers are not looking to sign a big money closer this offseason.
I base this assessment not on weak self-opinion, but on some comments Doug Melvin made a few weeks back.
Melvin mentioned hard-throwing right-hander Seth McClung as an
internal option to try as closer. He said he didn’t plan to bid on
high-priced free agent closers such as Francisco Rodriguez and Brian
Good internal option and a helluva nice guy off the field. On the field, he’s mean as hell. Has the right mentality for a closer.
not going to spend a big chunk of money on a closer,” said Melvin.
“We’ve found closers in the past. You usually don’t find that out until
later (in the off-season).
“It’s way too early at this point.”
If anyone knows Doug Melvin around here in Milwaukee, it’s that he’s usually honest when asked about certain rumors/musings.
I don’t want to hear about how Melvin has thrown big money in the past at closers. Over a larger sampling of his track record, this is simply not true.
Melvin did make a multi-million dollar offer to Francisco Cordero
after the ’07 season. That’s because Cordero was lights out for him and he
wanted to make an effort to retain one of his own.
He signed for a tad more to join the Reds.
Melvin did sign Eric Gagne to a 10 Million dollar deal. That was only for 1-year. Low risk with a potential for a large reward.
didn’t work out.
Don’t expect Doug Melvin to put big money into his closer entering ’09.
Just one diehard’s opinion.