As the calendar turned to 2009, Brewer fans continue to see nothing new in the Brewers organization. The Brewers have made little to no news in the hot stove.
Even the Brewers official Web site continues to have trouble finding stuff to report on. Today's headline was the announcement of former Brewer Greg Vaughn on the 2009 Hall of Fame ballot; a spot that will never be occupied by Vaughn. You can call that a "Slow news day."
It gets a little irritating to see headlines like, "Closer Market Drying Up" and "Brewers Left with Many Spots to Fill". I wonder in GM Doug Melvin checks the website at all. I continue to worry that the Brewers are far behind the eight ball and are showing little effort in signing new players.
Trade talks with Braden Looper and Melky Cabrera surfaced and faded in the blink of an eye. Other than that, the Brewers have remained in neutral. The Brewers let go of Derrick Turnbow, which was the first move made in a while.
As long as I'm on the subject, I wish Derrick nothing but the best. One of the most humble of athletes I've met and a true competitor, I wish that his time in Milwaukee would have went better, but baseball players are always on the move. I never thought that when I saw Turnbow leave Wrigley Field on May 1, that would be his last time in a Brewer jersey. Good luck to ya, Derrick!
Back to the hot stove.
It actually seems that the stove has been unplugged. Nothing more than hear say has been goin' on, leaving fans to do nothing but speculate. Either way, nothing changes the thrill that the hot stove provides. Fans like myself are left hoping that one of the big names may still be on their way to Milwaukee, but I'm not holding my breath at this moment.
The Brewers at this point need to find a closer and another starter. Trevor Hoffmann seems to be a possibility and while age would normally concern me, I feel that Milwaukee would be a good spot for the all time saves leader. I hope they make an offer to someone though.
I should say that the Brewers still have that solid core of players, but I just hope that they makes some moves with pitching. There is no doubt that they will be able to score runs, but without solid or at least decent pitching, the Brewers will have to win a lot of 10-9 games, and we know from last year that the hitting isn't always there.
Hopefully next time I check in, the Brewers will have DONE something.