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    2017 Season Discussion

    I figured we should have one for this year. The Crew aren't of to a great start at 2-5, the rotation hasn't been great and the offense has struck out a lot (which we knew would happen). Villar has struck out 15 times in 30 abs, which is horrific for a lead-off speed driven player.

    I can't see Tommy Milone or Brent Suter lasting much longer and a couple bats like Santana and Broxton could be in trouble in a couple weeks especially with the outfield talent in AAA.

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    Domingo Santana would have to really struggle IMO for a long while. The rope is shorter for Broxton. TBH, I can't believe Millone is on the roster. He is batting practice. Davies has had two horrible starts. I am encouraged by Nelson, Peralta early starts. Hopefully Davies can turn it around and Nelson and Peralta can continue to show positive 2017 signs. Millone stinks, just put Jungmann out there.

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    Agreed that Santana would need to struggle but with Aguilar hitting like he has been I could see Thames shifting to left Braun to right and Santana out of a everyday spot. Where as I can't see Kirk taking over as the everyday center fielder and I think the organization would wait until at least later May to bring Brinson up in center to keep his service time in tack.

    I would rather see just about anyone than Milone in the rotation. I would put a bunch of minor leaguers up before give him another start. I don't think I'd bring Hader up yet for the same reason as Brinson, but Woodruff, Lopez, Cravy, Jungman, and probably a couple more deserve a big league opportunity than that straight 87 mph garbage Milone features.

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    I think we'll have a fairly long leash on both Santana and broxton. There's really no reason not to. I don't think they are a huge part of the future plan, but they can both be valuable trade chips, possibly as early as this deadline. And there's already teams that have questionable production from their outfield before injuries have really set in. The fact that we could make some controlable, cheap OF available at the deadline could be huge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewfan13 View Post
    I think we'll have a fairly long leash on both Santana and broxton. There's really no reason not to. I don't think they are a huge part of the future plan, but they can both be valuable trade chips, possibly as early as this deadline. And there's already teams that have questionable production from their outfield before injuries have really set in. The fact that we could make some controlable, cheap OF available at the deadline could be huge.
    It really is crazy the amount of OF the Brewers have with Cordell, Brinson, Phillips and others in the minors.

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    Obviously Ray and Clark are the other two big names. But even guys like mike reed and Kyle Wren, who probably never get much of a shot with us are top 10 prospects in a fair amount of orgs right now.

    In an ideal world, all those dudes workout and we can figure out how to trade and move them as needed. But realistically some will fail. But given our depth, I think there's a good chance we have at least 3 decent to good starters in that group. The hope now is that at least one of them turns into an all star caliber guy.

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    I really like Brinson and Cordell. If I had to guess I think Phillips will flop. Ks a ton and doesn't strike me as a great or above average defender.

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    By most accounts Phillips is supposed to be a pretty decent defender with a very good arm. He may fail, but it will be due to the bat, not the defense.

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    What do you guys think the chances are that Braun gets traded by May 24 when his 10/5 rights kick in and he has a full no trade clause. I think the Dodgers remain the most likely destination but with us playing well so far I can't see us rushing early in the year to send him out (we do play the cubs and cards the next 7 which will tell us a ton about this years team).

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    From the articles I was reading, I don't think they think the full no trade will be a big deal. He already has no trade protection to a bunch of teams, and the ones he doesn't have no trade protection to are the teams he'd accept a trade to.

    Like you said, the dodgers are the most likely candidate, but he'd most likely accept a trade there regardless of whether or not he could veto it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewfan13 View Post
    From the articles I was reading, I don't think they think the full no trade will be a big deal. He already has no trade protection to a bunch of teams, and the ones he doesn't have no trade protection to are the teams he'd accept a trade to.

    Like you said, the dodgers are the most likely candidate, but he'd most likely accept a trade there regardless of whether or not he could veto it.
    This Brewers team really should be 15-10 despite only Braun, Thames and Shaw hitting well. The catchers are doing better than expected also. Domingo and Broxton have been pretty brutal. Villar showing some signs. Also the bullpen has blown a few games. The one last night vs. Atlanta was bad. Up four runs twice. What a call by Stearns to give Thames a 3-15 deal. Proved me wrong. In Stearns I Trust!

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    I think there's definitely been some encouraging signs for this team. We have blown leads and we do some boneheaded stuff, but for a young team, we are showing we have talent. I really wish broxton and Santana would be playing better, if only to get something out of them at the deadline before we bring Brinson up. But either way, guys are showing some value and the games have been generally fun to watch, even if they're frustrating as hell.

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    It is encouraging some of the games this team has played and then the blown games are just frustrating especially the big leads blown vs. Cubs and Braves. Can't win them all but want to keep those to minimum. Would be amazing if Anderson can keep pitching well - obviously can't keep this up but like 8-4 with 2.9 ERA at AS break. Could deal him. Encouraged by Garza's first two starts too. Then there is Braun who the Brewers would have no problem paying him with salary cap situation right now, but trap stiffness and will be out multiple days. Not sure how long Braun will keep playing 140 plus games per year. His value will start going down so I think Brewers need to move him at the deadline this year or at latest in offseason.

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    Garza had been encouraging. It would be nice to be able to move him at some point this season.

    I don't think Braun will be too terribly difficult to move if we want. But it would be nice if one of San Fran or the dodgers would have been an American League team. It would probably do Braun wonders to be able to dh once or twice a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crewfan13 View Post
    Garza had been encouraging. It would be nice to be able to move him at some point this season.

    I don't think Braun will be too terribly difficult to move if we want. But it would be nice if one of San Fran or the dodgers would have been an American League team. It would probably do Braun wonders to be able to dh once or twice a week.
    The AL team might do wonders but so would just having good pitching prospects which by and large SF doesn't have and De Leon was dealt by the Dodgers last year. The Brewers need some young pitching as for the most part the position players of the future are set or in the system already it would seem. Could use say two pitchers and a 3B prospect or 1B prospect or C prospect for Braun. Anything less I hold on to him.

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