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#Rays are getting relievers J.P. Feyersien and Drew Rasmussen. The duo has had trouble with walks (5.7 per 9), but have struck out 11.2 per nine and have a combined 3.72 ERA in 36 games for the #Brewers.

— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) May 21, 2021

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If dude hits like 2019, there’s hope. But they cannot keep trotting out this lineup full of has beens and never wases anymore. And they need to close the gaping hole they have at the bottom of the rotation.

Rasmussen was trash but JPF is a solid to decent relief guy.  That’s what we got back in return?  

I trust Stearns, but at some point you can’t just defer to taking flyers on guys and hope it works out.

Light a fire under Wong?  He's leading team in average, hits, OBP and second in total bases.   While I would rather have Moustakas I guess we could could always bring back Eric Sogard.

Taylor or Cain on trading block? OF seems a little overstocked right now as Taylor has earned his spot on the squad.

Cain’s on a rehab assignment, but his contract expires, too. He might get some kind of return. Maybe it’s time to move Yelich back to RF where he was doing all the damage. Put Avi in left…

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The Ender rumor doesn’t seem to have legs.

I hate the idea of giving up anything of value for Donaldson.  My gut says this won’t happen

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I agree. They will have enough roster problems with Cain coming back and in a few weeks both Vogelbach and Shaw.   Jackie Bradly Jr. and Huria could be the odd men out if you base it on performance.  Taylor and Peterson seems to be locks at this point.  I guess they could also free up a spot by sending a pitcher back down.

  All little more on the trade. Brewers gave up AAA player Cooper Hummel and rookie infielder Alberto Ciprian.   Escobar, who was a 2021 All-Star will be a free agent at seasons end.   He is a switch hitter and can play all infield positions as well as left field.

@El-Ka-Bong posted:

Like this deal. He’s instantly the Brewers leading HR hitter.

Saw the Carlos Santana rumors, too… like that. Time to send Hiura down and go win a Championship. Can’t have a liability in the lineup. Santana is a vet- hungry to win. Would be a good get that shouldn’t cost a top prospect- but on the hook for $10M next year as well. He’s slashing .236/.350/.409 with 17 HRs and 55 RBIs. It’d basically be adding another Avi Garcia to the lineup at 1B.

@Tschmack posted:

Rasmussen was trash but JPF is a solid to decent relief guy.  That’s what we got back in return?  

I trust Stearns, but at some point you can’t just defer to taking flyers on guys and hope it works out.

Or maybe you can.

@Tschmack posted:

Rasmussen was trash but JPF is a solid to decent relief guy.  That’s what we got back in return?  

I trust Stearns, but at some point you can’t just defer to taking flyers on guys and hope it works out.

Not sure I understand this last statement. This is PRECISELY what the Brewers must do. Their success is predicated on achieving that balance of young controllable assets, veterans that have some longevity in the organization, and bargains on the market that allow them to catch a player on a reasonable deal that can solidify a position. Thames, Moustakas, Grandal, Garcia… all guys at a point in their careers where they were affordable and also had some upside.

Mix in a few rentals and you have a pretty strong model for sustained relevancy. You catch a few guys right, and you have a chance to do some post-season stuff… even win the whole damn thing.

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My point on the last statement is you can only pluck so many guys off the scrap heap   and pray it works out.   Moose or Grandahl should have come back.

Stearns has been really good most of the time especially on the rentals.  We missed the opportunity to deal Hiura at the height of his value but oh well they can’t all work out.

Onward and upward

@Tschmack posted:

My point on the last statement is you can only pluck so many guys off the scrap heap   and pray it works out.   Moose or Grandahl should have come back.



Moustakas: 4 years, $64M to slash .241/.347/.437 and be on the 60 day IL with 4 HR and 13 RBIs.

Grandal: 4 years, $73M to slash .188/.388/.436 with 14 HRs and 38 RBIs.

Both would have been albatross contracts that would have destroyed the Brewers’ payroll. They were wise to pass on long term deals with both guys for that kind of coin.