Friday, March 21, 2008

'08 RAPs: Milwaukee Brewers

After coming up a bit short in 2007, the Milwaukee Brewers have had a very eventful off-season. They picked up two solid relievers in Dave Riske and Eric Gagne, as well as a great all-around center fielder in Mike Cameron. However, the Brewers failed, in my opinion, to address their biggest problem: starting pitching.
Here are the Brew Crew's winter moves:
-Signed catcher Jason Kendall to a one-year contract.
-Signed pitcher David Riske to a three-year contract.
-Signed pitcher Eric Gagne to a one-year contract
-Signed catcher Eric Munson to a one-year contract.
-Signed outfielder Mike Cameron to a one-year contract with a club option for 2009.
-Signed Abraham Nunez and Russell Branyan to minor league contracts.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Ben Sheets
SP2: Jeff Suppan
SP3: Carlos Villanueva
SP4: Dave Bush
SP5: Manny Parra
CL: Eric Gagne
SUM: Derrick Turnbow

C: Jason Kendall
1B: Prince Fielder
2B: Craig Counsell/Rickie Weeks
SS: J.J. Hardy
3B: Bill Hall
LF: Ryan Braun
CF: Mike Cameron
RF: Corey Hart

Easiest- The Brewers will not finish first in the NL Central.
Boldest- The Brewers will have the second worst starters' ERA in the Central.
Team MVP/Best Hitter- Ryan Braun (38-45 HR, 120-125 RBI)
Best Pitcher- Dave Riske (sub-3 ERA)
Breakout Player- Corey Hart (18-24 HR, 75-85 RBI)

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