According to a report from Ken Rosenthal at Foxsports.com, Doug Melvin has placed several members of the Brewers on waivers Tuesday. Any waiver claim would happen by noon today at which time the Brewers have 10 days to pull that player off waivers, trade him, or release him. It sounds to me like he's throwing in the towel and looking to see if he can get anything for some of his veterans. Here is a list of the names reportedly on the waiver wire and some pros and cons to dumping them:
Trevor Hoffman- Has been exactly what the Brewers needed this year, its just too bad we couldn't get him more save opportunities. By all accounts he's comfortable in Milwaukee and probably doesn't want to be a set-up guy. I'd consider signing him again next year if the two sides can agree on a salary figure, but if you can get a nice prospect for him, I say move him.
Craig Counsell - Has had a nice year, especially given he earned only $1 million and how he went from the first guy off the bench to being bounced around the infield as almost an everyday player. Is in the tail end of his career and I have to believe he likes playing in Milwaukee and don't think he'd play anywhere else next year. I'd seriously consider signing him for 2010 and using him off the bench or in spot starts in the infield. Maybe you trade him to a contender for a month and hope he signs with us in the off season.
Felipe Lopez - Was a nice addition to the team when we needed a 2B and lead-off hitter. He'll be a free agent and not sure what he'll get on the open market. With Rickie coming back next year and Casey McGehee being able to play second it may make sense to move Lopez if someone is looking for a lead-off hitter.
Braden Looper - Has been exactly what we thought he might be, a solid 3rd or 4th pitcher. 11-6 with a 4.88 ERA. Sure he gives up way to many home runs but he's provided us with a lot of innings (155 to date) and the most starts of any Brewer pitcher (27 to date). He's been fairly productive given his $4.5 contract. He has a team option of $6 million for next year, which I'd be tempted to exercise if we don't trade him. The prospect we obtain for him would have to be pretty good in my opinion to make the trade worth while.
Jason Kendall - Kendall is at the end of his contract with Milwaukee and presumably at the end of his career here as well. Despite being well liked by the pitchers and a pretty good defensive catcher and game caller, his inability to provide any ting on the offense side of the game has been his biggest liability during his time with the Crew. I think its time to move on and if someone wants to trade something for him, I say let's do it. Let's see what Mike Rivera and Angel Salome can do in September as they are the future for the Brewers at catcher.
Mike Cameron - As much as I love seeing him chase balls in center, I think free-agent to be Mike Cameron is movable if someone wants him for the rest of the year. He's not worth what he's being paid now or what he'll want as a free agent and I don't see him in our plans in center field next year. Move him if you can.