PAYROLL TO DECREASE?
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote last week that the Milwaukee Brewers are expected to decrease payroll next season. He believes that the organization’s payroll in 2012 actually “put the club in the red.”
This caused two immediate reactions:
(1) My assumptions surrounding the organization’s payroll for next season seem to be off the mark, as maintaining the current payroll would have allowed Doug Melvin to target an elite pitcher this winter without crushing the budget. If the payroll needs to be decreased so the club doesn’t lose money, however, that will have a wide-reaching impact on who the Brewers can target this winter to upgrade the top-end of their rotation.
(2) Operating a big-league organization in the red simply because it gave the Brewers a shot at the postseason speaks volumes about the character and competitiveness of Mark Attanasio. Milwaukee is lucky to have an owner who obviously desires a winner above all things — including above his pocketbook.
MINOR LEAGUE NEWS
Here are some quick-hitting tidbits about the farm system:
>> RHP Darren Byrd and C Dayton Buller re-signed with the Brewers on minor leagues deals that feature invitations to big league camp. Buller should simply serve as catching depth to help handle the massive amount of pitchers that begin camp with the big league squad, but Byrd is someone to keep an eye on. He has almost no chance to make the big-league roster — though he does throw 91-93 MPH with the fastball and (as Haudricourt mentioned) held opposing hitters to a .215 batting average in 2012.
>> SS Edwin Maysonet, LHP Juan Perez, and RHP Tim Dillard all chose minor league free agency over re-signing with the Milwaukee Brewers.
>> In his most-recent chat, ESPN’s Keith Law mentioned that OF Tyrone Taylor could be the best prospect the Brewers drafted in the 2012 Draft — which represents a major shift in his opinion toward the young outfielder. After widely panning his swing coming into the draft, Law wrote that Taylor made significant mechanical adjustments to his swing.
Too bad an injury forced Taylor to cut short his impressive 2012 debut.
>> 2B Eric Farris and RHP Cody Scarpetta were outrighted to Triple-A Nashville and removed from the 40-man roster.