A lot has happened over the past few days and we can expect big things to happen in the coming days/weeks.
Ken Macha was hired as manager. I'm glad they picked him over Randolph (who apparently was second choice). Seems like a good guy, has been received well by the players, but I give it by the end of April 2009, that 1250 fans (ahem, $ and Rubie) are calling for his head. Interesting note that he only signed a 2 year deal. He won't have much time to establish himself.
And oh by the way Ken we have a first base coach (Sedar), bullpen coach (Catro), bullpen catcher (Hanel), pitching coach (Maddux) under contract and you have to keep them plus we'd like you to hire our interim manager from last year as either 3rd base coach or bench coach. You can hire the other and a hitting coach, but that's it.
I really hope Maddux doesn't leave for Texas...he's got a pretty good gig here, but you might see him take the blame next year if our pitching staff sucks. I also really hope they get Sveum back as a coach. He's a great baseball guy and seems to have a rapport with the players (hope that doesn't back fire during the season).
Rumor has it we are prepared to offer CC a 4 year $100 million contract. Yikes! Less years than what he can get from the Yankess, plus a decent chance to get back to the playoffs and a hell of a lot less stress from fans/media. Plus 4 years from now he might be able to cash in again or he could get an extension if the Crew trades him in a few years. I'm not holding my breath on this but its an interesting play by the Brewers.
Ben Sheets applied for free agency...that's really too bad. Have fun in Houston Benny!