Brewers Re-sign McClung To One-Year Deal

Lance LeQueAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2009


The Milwaukee Brewers signed pitcher Seth McClung to a one-year contract on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration. McClung, 27, went 6-6 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 37 games (12 starts) last season. Over five seasons in the majors, the first three with Tampa Bay and the last two with Milwaukee, he has pitched in 136 games (49 starts) and has a record of 23-31 with a 5.55 ERA.

Milwaukee still has two players eligible for arbitration—outfielder Corey Hart and second baseman Rickie Weeks.

My Take

I'm not much of a McClung fan. I really see him as mediocre, and I think the Brewers can do much better. I will dread seeing him as our fifth starter for an extended period of time.

There's no doubt that there are better options for a fifth starter still left on the free-agent market, it's just a matter of the Brewers being conservative with their money. They claim they "want to keep their options open for the future."

While that is a good idea, it's also not a bad thought to re-sign our ace, Ben Sheets. I can't stress enough that he would be critical to our team. I don't think we can rely on a rotation of Gallardo, Parra, Bush, Suppan, and McClung to get us much better than a handful of games above .500.