Doug Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers made headlines this offseason with trades for Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. The moves have brought great expectations for the 2011 MLB Season as well as the national spotlight to the small-market team—something Doug Melvin is no stranger to.
Melvin gained national notoriety as the GM of the Texas Rangers when he offered Alex Rodriguez a $252 million contract—the largest in MLB History. The contract did little to improve the Texas Rangers and Doug Melvin was fired soon after the 2001 season—Alex Rodriguez would later be traded to the New York Yankees in 2004.
Doug Melvin spent the 2002 season as a consultant for the Boston Red Sox before being hired as the new GM for the Milwaukee Brewers in October of that year.
In his eight seasons as general manager, Melvin has taken the franchise from irrelevance to a competitive club. In 2008, Melvin and the Milwaukee Brewers reached the playoffs for only the second time in team history and the first time since 1982. Now heading into the 2011 MLB Season, the Brewers are primed for another playoff push.
His success as a general manager has been due in large part to the smart and timely trades he has made since holding the front office position with the Brewers.