Monday, February 9, 2009

More on the '09 Milwaukee Brewers

While it is not official, it appears that the Crew is on the verge of signing FA starting pitcher Braden Looper. Not exactly a blockbuster signing, but considering the lack of depth and talent that we have in the starting rotation, adding a vet to the staff should be an overall benefit to the team. Looper earned 5.5mil on the '08 season, and it's unclear whether or not he will take a paycut so if it's in the range of 5 mil I don't see a problem with it. Hek, we're paying Supp 10+mil for a 0.500 win percentage and 4.5ish era so in comparison Looper is a bargain. Agreed?

12 comments:

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

I don't mind this. Looper kind of sucks, but he is also a guy that can pull a few games out. He might the shot in the arm that this team needs (oh... that was light sarcasm there on that last sentence).

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

nothing wrong with a little veteran addition to provide some depth assuming its in the $5 million 1 year range. now we can maybe move MC Lung back to the bullpen and have 1 extra guy read to go if...when someone gets hurt.

Devil's Threesome said...

Sign him up. Isn't he a good hitter too?

My word verification code started with the word "sonic." I believe that was just for Sheets Va JJ

FPMKE said...

He eats innings which will help our weakened bullpen. I'm all for it.

Rubie Q said...

Hell, let's sign Mark Mulder and Anthony Reyes and Jeff Weaver and just re-create the Cardinals 2006 pitching roster.

Last year we tried to re-create the Dodgers bullpen circa 2001-02, and that was fucking fantastic. Why wouldn't this work out, too?

Oh, and in case it wasn't clear -- BRADEN LOOPER: DO NOT WANT. We already have one Jeff Suppan.

EMoney said...

Rubie: so you think that in adding Looper, the team does not get any better or increase the pitching staff's injury security?

Rubie Q said...

No, we don't get any better adding Braden Looper. A 34-year-old pitcher with an ERA approaching 5.00 who's never won more than 12 games in a year and has a Suppan-esque WHIP? I'm going to pass.

And re: increasing our depth. Obviously, it does -- but at what cost? Part of the reason Melvin said he's not looking at any potential high-priced free agent pitchers is that we're nearing maximum density in terms of payroll; if we signed a guy to a $10 million, one-year deal, we'd have no money to make any in-season moves.

So, if we drop $5 million on Looper, we've hindered our ability to make a move in-season in exchange for a middling, dime-a-dozen nobody. I'd rather bank the money, see how the first quarter of the season shakes out, and then make a move.

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

hey captain negative...who do you suggest they sign then or are you happy with the pitching rotation as is? there's no guarantee that there's going to be another CC out on the market that will have the same impact of the team if he was picked up mid-season. plus would we even want to trade some more of our top prospects? i like the deal and I feel much better about things heading to spring training.

Rubie Q said...

Of course I don't like the pitching staff as it's currently constituted, but that's because Jeff Fucking Suppan and Dave Bush are prominently featured. At the same time, I don't want them to sign anybody, because there's not anybody worth signing out there.

And, no, I don't expect there to be another CC available this year. My point was simply this: if we sign Looper, we don't have much flexibility if we want to make a move in-season. I don't know who's going to be available in July, but I don't want to be sitting there saying: "Fuck, we can't make a move because we've got Braden Looper's contract on the books."

One other thing: you don't really need a fifth starter for the first month and a half of the season. There are so many off days that you can get by with a four-man rotation. I'm willing to see what we've got with Gallardo and Parra (and -- groan -- Suppan and Bush) through May, and then decide if we need to add somebody else, rather than pushing our chips in on Braden Looper.

Rubie Q said...

I just noticed that I always refer to Braden Looper by his full name. He will be added to my list of Matt Stairs All-Stars.

Rubie Q said...

Apparently, Doug Melvin is aware of my concerns:

"We do lose flexibility by making this decision now," said Melvin. "But it's hard to pass up a guy that would have led our staff in innings pitched (199) last season. He's durable. He grinds it out and throws strikes. We needed some innings."

Ugh. The best thing our GM could say about the guy is that he eats innings and that he "grinds it out." Like I've said before, "grinds it out" is a euphemism for "sucks ass but looks like he's trying real hard out there." Good times.

EMoney said...

If paying some guy 5 mil reduces our flexibility from having 10 to 5 mil for the future, what exactly would you expect with that 10 mil? 10 mil is nothing these days. 10 mil gets you another Jeff Suppan. Anything worth while is in the 16mil+ range. I agree that Looper isn't going to automatically make us a playoff contender like CC did, but when Gallardo or Parra goes down for 6-8 weeks, it will be nice to not have to steal Villanueva or Mcclung from long relief. Sorry Rub's....I completely disagree with you on this one. We needed more depth but weren't going to go out and get Derek Lowe or Jake Peavy.