First of all, for those who are about to hear about how much better Favre is than Rodgers, please note that the only main difference between the Vikings and the Packers on Sunday was that the winning team had good blocking and the losing team didn’t. Linemen don’t get a lot of respect, and offensive linemen get even less, but Sunday showed me how important a solid offensive line is.
According to ESPN, the Rockies are thinking of non-tendering third baseman Garrett Atkins. Do it! It’d be great if the Brewers could get in on that, but he’s going to be able to have his pick of place and money.
Speaking of non-tendering, Olney also believes the Brewers would be better off non-tendering J.J. Hardy if there isn’t significant trade interest. Yeah, no, I don’t see that happening. The Brewers know that Alcides is the future, but they also know not to give away a free buffet. Does that analogy work? I don’t think so, but it’s Monday morning before my caffeinated drink.
Rumor guy Eli said that Johnny Damon is expected to talk with the Brewers. Doesn’t make much sense to me, especially since he’s going to draw a lot of money and the Brewers want pitching first.
Finally, here’s a list of free agents. Who would you pick, especially in the starting pitching position? I like Jon Garland and Eric Bedard, but they aren’t coming. A player I’m interested in learning more about is Noah Lowry. He had something wrong with his shoulder, so I don’t know how big of a risk he is, but he’s still young and was an up and coming pitcher with the Giants before Cain and Lincecum. As you look over the list, you notice that they are mostly all risks and I realized that there are far worse names than Mulder and Washburn (they can’t be the BIG acquisition the Brewers need, though). Also, the Mike Cameron haters should look at all the amazing names available in Center. Mike Cameron for another year doesn’t sound so bad when the comparable players are Rick Ankiel, Andrew Jones, and Marlon Byrd.