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Friday, July 28, 2006

Brewers Trade Lee

Breaking News:

Having come to the conclusion that they wouldn't be able to re-sign leftfielder Carlos Lee and with the playoffs a faint hope at present, the Milwaukee Brewers pulled the trigger Friday and sent Lee to the Texas Rangers in a six-player deal.

The Brewers dealt Lee and minor league outfielder Nelson Cruz to the Rangers in exchange for outfielders Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix, reliever Francisco Cordero and minor league pitcher Julian Cordero.

I think trading him was the smart move. But do we really need outfielders that bad right now? And why throw Cruz, a solid young triple-A outfielder in with that? One of the outfielders we got sucks ass to my knowledge. Why did we get outfielders anyway? I'd rather see Gwynn and Hart play than some scrub from the Rangers. Our infield is hurting right now. And there must be some catcher out there better than Miller. And although it's cool to have two pitchers named Cordero, hasn't Francisco been sucking quite a lot lately? I guess I don't know enough about it to comment right now. Paul? Ahren?


  • I think you nailed it. I want Hart to play every day. Cruz was a better prospect than Gwynn, and it sucks to lose him when I suspect it wasn't necessary. Mench is an OK player, but that's about it.

    Getting Ranger pitching is OK, because the Rangers play in a hitters park so their numbers aren't as bad as they seem, but they're still not great pitchers.

    I'll have to read a bit more about these guys.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:26 AM  

  • i don't love the trade, for sure, but i don't hate it either. i guess on a scale of 1-10, i score it 3 or 4 for the brewers, and 8 for the rangers.

    cordero has a high ERA this year, but his ERA is totally out of line with his peripherals. in 48 innings, he's given up only 48 hits, k'd 54 and walked only 16. He's given up 5 homeruns, which isn't good, but isn't awful either.

    mench is definitely not great, but also not useless. he absolutely destroys lefties, but can't hit righties. a jenkins/mench platoon would be pretty sick. the "downgrade" from lee to mench (if you just made mench the left fielder) isn't as big as you might think. lee was 5.3 win player last year and is on pace for 4.6 this year. mench was 4.5 last year, and on pace for 2.6 this year.

    while i like nelson cruz more, BP's stars and scrubs chart clearly favors nix's chances to become a regular, star, and superstar.

    the brewers can't win this year, so i think that trading lee was a must. they did get 2 (possibly 3) players back who, if deployed correctly, can be useful pieces over the next couple years, when they should be contending in a weakening NL central. the key is deploying them correctly-- mench as a platoon player/pinch hitter, cordero as a useful reliever, nix as a 5th/6th outfielder. the real shame of this deal, is that the brewers did not get back a prospect with legitimate upside.

    my prediction is that the brewers still will do more. they may even flip mench (who the yankees had been sniffing around) right away, or sometime in the next 12 months deal away any or all of mench/jenkins/clark.

    By Blogger ahren, at 11:31 AM  

  • i guess a more concise way of saying what i mean is, "the brewers improved their chances of contending in 2007-2009 with this trade, but could have (and shuold have) improved them more.

    By Blogger ahren, at 1:46 PM  

  • I'll wager a shiny nickel that they make at least one more trade, and I'll also wager that it involves D-Bow, probably to the Tigers.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 2:25 PM  

  • What does Cirillo have to do to get some love? Hasn't he earned the starting spot yet? Why replace our most dependable guy with some old dude, Bell, with a lower average and generally less impressive stats? That's lame.

    Mensch came out big though.

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 11:58 AM  

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