Milwaukee Brewers 2012 Offseason Recap and Preview

Sorry to do this to you Brewers fans, but these two guys were the biggest story of the 2011 season, even with all the additions last offseason:

Grade: D-

Notable Additions:

Aramis Ramirez, Brooks Conrad, Cesar Izturis, Alex Gonzalez, and Jose Veras.

Notable Subtractions:

Prince Fielder, Cragi Counsell, Yuniesky Betancourt, Latroy Hawkins, Takashi Saito, Casey McGehee, Jerry Hariston Jr, and Mark Kotsay.

Why?: I know that considering they signed Aramis Ramirez and all, the Brewers look like they have had as good an offseason as they could with there being virtually no chance of signing Prince Fielder. However, you will see many more big MLB players on the “subtractions” list than the additions list.

Ah the McGehee trade. I don’t think we can evaluate this trade yet. If he returns to the level of two years ago, this will be a horrible deal for the Brewers, but if he continues at the level of last year, Doug Melvin looks like a genius.

There are names on both lists I could get into, but it doesn’t make any sense as the players only have an impact on the teams record as aggregate units and not as individuals. I would like to point out, however, that the Brewers are still a good team as they stand. I do see life after Prince for this club. I don’t see them slipping into the days where Jeff Cirillo was on the team and they were the league’s bottom feeder along with Detroit, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, and some other team I’m forgetting (the Expos maybe?).

Predicted Record Range: 81-86 wins

Next up: The World Series Champion, St. Louis Cardinals, but what division would you like to see next?

2 Comments

That definitely is what the team suggests, but I’m also from New York and have seen the Mets underperform due to the moral level of stars being out. If the Brewers can convince themselves they only have to hold down the fort until Braun comes back, they can win. If they concede, consciously or not, to the fact that they have no chance of winning the division, they will be in too big of a hole to begin the season.

I usually see the Brewers projected right around this win total. It wouldn’t shock me to see them edge slightly higher, around 87-89, though. There are some question marks (Gamel, Gonazlez), but the important point is that the pitching staff from that 96-win team is largely intact.

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