The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players came and passed yesterday. There were no real surprises from the Brewers today, as they decided to retain all of their arbitration eligible players except for reliever Todd Coffey and utilityman Joe Inglett.
Kameron Loe and Carlos Villanueva were pretty obvious tenders for the Brewers. Loe was great in his relief debut, posting 0.5 WAR and flashing a great hard slider and a nasty two seam fastball. Villanueva had his struggles, but you can’t non-tender a reilever who posted a 10 K/9 and seemed to get things back together towards the end of the season.
Manny Parra and Carlos Gomez are controversial figures, as their reputations and supposed talent constantly exceed the results on the field. However, they’re both going to be cheap due to their poor 2010 seasons, and even though both will probably be used in limited roles (RP and 4th outfielder respectively), both still have potential to contribute in those roles. Parra and Gomez still posted 0.4 and 1.1 WAR respectively, suggesting that they have some usefulness, even if they might not be the players we hoped they would.
Todd Coffey was a fan favorite and it seemed like he was a pretty good guy, but it’s just too hard too ignore his flaws at what would have likely been a $2.5 million or greater salary. He gives up too many home runs and too many walks to be a consistently productive reliever. He does strike batters out and is useful against right handed batters, so it’s conceivable that the Brewers bring him back on a cheaper deal.
Inglett was a decent hitter, but he doesn’t really have a positional home and his bat was almost completely sustained by BABIP. According to Haudricourt, Inglett might get an invite to spring training, but with Brandon Boggs on hand, Inglett was redundant.