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Brewers hope to extend Greinke, Marcum

Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:28 am

MILWAUKEE -- For now, the Brewers are focused on shortstops, and on a certain big-money first baseman.

But don't be surprised if the biggest money they hand out this winter goes to one or more pitchers already on the roster.

According to sources familiar with the team's plans, the Brewers intend to pursue contract extensions with starters Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, both of whom would be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season. The Brewers also plan to pursue long-term deals with some younger core players, including closer John Axford.

Greinke and Marcum were Milwaukee's two big acquisitions last winter, and the two contributed greatly to a 96-win season that gave the Brewers the National League Central crown.

It's very unlikely at this point that the Brewers will make any similarly high-profile acquisitions this winter, and even more unlikely that they'll re-sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder.

While the Brewers continue to talk to Fielder, they seem to have accepted the idea that he won't be back. And while they have talked to the agents for shortstops Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins, Brewers people say that they don't expect to be a serious contender for either one.

It's very possible, in fact, that the Brewers could end up bringing back Yuniesky Betancourt, their 2011 shortstop. And while they have discussed signing someone to replace Fielder at first base (Carlos Pena, for example), general manager Doug Melvin has talked more about giving Mat Gamel a chance at the job.

Owner Mark Attanasio is highly competitive, and never shy about spending money.

But Attanasio said Wednesday that just because the Brewers have the money to make an offer to Fielder, it doesn't follow that they would spend that money elsewhere if (when?) Fielder leaves.

"How you manage your payroll has to be opportunity-driven," Attanasio said. "We're not going to just fill the payroll for the sake of filling the payroll."

Attanasio and Melvin both made the point that the Brewers expect to contend in 2012, even without Fielder. They point to a solid core that includes Ryan Braun (who signed a long-term deal early last season), and a rotation that will return intact.

"Doug and I never felt we were 'all-in' for last year," Attanasio said.

They'd rather not be all-in for 2012, either, but extending their window of opportunity past next year would be a lot easier if they can keep together the rotation led by Greinke, Marcum and Yovani Gallardo.

Signing Greinke and Marcum this winter would make perfect sense, if it's possible.

The Brewers intend to find out if it is.


Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:22 am

Brewers hope to extend Greinke, Marcum

I agree witht the poster below. Fielder was passionless during the playoffs and his hitting showed the lack of passion. Let him walk and sign micheal cuddyer. I also wish the would've signed Jamey Carrol. I would have targeted those guys as well as hairsten

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 3:07 pm

Brewers hope to extend Greinke, Marcum

I see both Fielder and PUjols as big $$ contracts just waiting to blow up in their new respective teams faces. Am I the only one who sees a declining( though stillGREAT) Albert PUjols??"?. Does anyone out there still think the Yankees are happy about paying ARod HIS contract???? How did these owners become billionaires by being so,stupid with their money?? Just My opinion, thanx from Hondo

Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:36 pm

Brewers hope to extend Greinke, Marcum

Bottom line you need someone who can deliver at crunch time and extend the game.  I did not see anything from Prince in the playoffs, if anything he took the time to reflect on how much he was going to be paid instead of focusing on how to win.  That series against the Cardinal was incomprehensible.  The biggest series of you career and Prince chose to sit on the bench with Ricky Weeks.  Besides the significantly poor pitching from Marcum and the untimely errors by the infield, Prince was a no show.  Good bye and good riddens.

Since: Jun 8, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 12:00 pm

Brewers hope to extend Greinke, Marcum

make no mistake,  Fielder is not that good.  I don't care what anyone says,  in the clean up spot,  I would like to see better "clutch" numbers.  I watch every brewer game...fielder hit's meaningless home runs most of the time.  his defense has improved,  but when the Crew needed his bat,  he faded again.  last year was the same thing,  Feilder faded at the end.

It's just how I see it,  as a brewer fan and wisconsin native,  I wish they would have traded him two years ago and get a few youngster's and some pitching.

It's how i see it....I think he's got a couple more years in tank...good luck to whomever pays him for the next 6 or 7 years.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:07 am

Brewers hope to extend Greinke, Marcum

But if the Brewers could sign Prince, surely it would be easier to get Greinke and Marcum to extend, and the core would be amazing.

If Milwaukee have the money and are serious, tying up Prince for a few years would be a major statement of intent and would leave them certain contenders for the next few years. Not a cheap option, but being a contender rarely is.

The big question is what Mr Fielder wants. If it is money and recognition then Milwaukee can probably provide that - and they should be in a position to provide the opportunity for playoffs and a championship. The problem I fear is that too many players are lured either by the chance to play for an historic franchise, or the chance to go somewhere sunny...

Interesting times await - but I wonder if prince could become the franchise player who stays, and Albert becomes the player who heads to the coast?

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