Rumors were flying around Orlando during the Winter Meetings. The Brewers were making noise all week, but in the end, there are really three stories that are worth paying attention to.
1. Brewers acquire SP Shaun Marcum from the Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie.
The Brewers opened the Winter Meetings with a bang, acquiring a true #2 to put behind Yovani Gallardo in Shaun Marcum. Marcum posted a 3.64 ERA with the Jays last year and had similarly good peripheral numbers. For more analysis, check out my post from last week here
2. The Brewers selected RP Pat Egan from the Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft.
Egan looks like he could be a find for the Brewers bullpen. His traditional numbers were solid from 2008 through the first half of 2010, as he posted ERAs below 3.00 at every level from A ball to Hi-A to AA. His ERA of 5.11 suggests big time struggles in AAA, but much of his troubles seem to stem from a .373 BABIP. He thrives on the groundball, as he doesn’t strike out or walk very many batters. This drew comparisons to Kameron Loe from Tom Haudricourt, as Egan also throws a 91-93 MPH fastball.
If Egan can avoid the walks and homers in the majors like he did in the minors, he could be an okay MLB reliever. At a cost of only 50,000 dollars and a roster spot, the selection of Egan is basically no-risk with a possible reward. However, Egan will have to make the team out of spring training to stay on the Brewers roster, as he will be returned to the Orioles if the Brewers remove him from the 25-man roster.
3. The Brewers have made an offer to SP Carl Pavano
At this point, the most likely scenario is still that Pavano returns to Minneapolis. However, word is that Pavano is weighing the Brewers contract offer, which is most likely a two year offer. There is some worry that Pavano, at 35, would be a time bomb waiting to explode. However, Pavano has had very good peripherals over the last two seasons – both with FIPs in the 4.00 range. Particularly over two years, Pavano should be a good bet to produce for the Brewers, and his addition to a rotation already containing Yovani Gallardo and Shaun Marcum would make the Brewers contenders in the 2011 season.
However, it’s probably all a moot point. Chances are that the Twins offer outclasses the Brewers offer, and Pavano will return to the Twin Cities on a three year contract.