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If you never use Hader, did he really happen?

I think we need to have a discussion of exactly what exactly we are saving Hader and Jeffress for at this point. What the Brewers should be saving them for is “right now.” There are 39 games to go, the Brewers have plenty of off days upcoming, and in 13 days rosters expand, allowing the […]

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Valuing Hernan Perez

The Brewers may face something of a roster crunch entering 2019, or at the very least a potential wave of contractual non-tenders. A non-tender is a basic roster tool that allows the Brewers to release a player facing salary arbitration or a renewal contract for the coming season; these are typically players that can be […]

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Brewers at Cubs: What is a Playoffs Rotation?

One of the frequent concerns Brewers fans state about their beloved Milwaukee club is that the roster lacks a “Playoffs Rotation.” This was a common complaint throughout the off season, and it was only amplified during a trade deadline that passed with the Pirates landing Rays ace Chris Archer while GM David Stearns spat on […]

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Trouble

The Brewers pitching staff is in shambles. Between role regression among key pitchers, injuries to a group of key early-season pitchers as well as crucial trade deadline acquisitions, and an essential end to the rotating “shuttle team” to Triple-A Colorado Springs, the Brewers have lost their ability to prevent runs. Based on Baseball Reference Three […]

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Jonathan Schoop is a Bad Fit

The Brewers recently acquired second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the Baltimore Orioles while surrendering incumbent second baseman Jonathan Villar, and prospects Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona. On paper this doesn’t look too bad as Villar had worn out his welcome, and Ortiz is a fine prospect, but Schoop is, on paper, a quality major leaguer. […]

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Finding Balance between Hoarding Prospects and Overpaying

A few days before the trade deadline, the Brewers traded Brett Phillips and Jorge Lopez to Kansas City for Mike Moustakas.  Moustakas is under contract through the end of this season, and then there is a mutual option at $15 million for next year.  Phillips and Lopez have each spent time in both Triple-A and […]

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Grading the System 3

The splash happened: For two-and-a-half years, Brewers fans and analysts wondered aloud what it might take for GM David Stearns to trade an impact prospect at the trade deadline. The debate softened somewhat during the 2017-2018 offseason, as Stearns certainly proved himself capable of parting with (several) impact prospects. This transaction was always explained away, […]