It’s no secret that the top priority for the Milwaukee Brewers during the 2013 Winter Meetings is first base. More specifically, reaching an agreement with veteran Corey Hart. With that being said, the Brewers also have other interests, such as acquiring two veteran relievers to bolster the bullpen.
“We have some bodies we like, it’s just a matter of experience versus non-experience,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s not a matter of having to go out and having to get four guys. We’d consider maybe two veteran status-type guys.
“Maybe one of those starting-type kids goes to the bullpen and gets some experience. Some teams have done that with young starting pitching prospects.”
Melvin is referring to the few young arms the team saw pitch in 2013. There’s no question there’s some talent available within the organization. However, the Brewers acknowledge that they will need more of a veteran presence to help the youngsters in the bullpen.
Milwaukee has been linked to veteran Carlos Marmol as early as the first day of the Winter Meetings. I have to imagine that the majority of the fan base feels the same way I do about this, which is the Brewers must stay as far away as possible from the reliever. Marmol has been on a decline for years, which is something relief pitchers don’t bounce back from at the drop of a hat, especially one that is 31 years old.
There are a few other relievers that have peaked Milwaukee’s interest. However, it appears nothing is far enough long to warrant talking about. The good news is Melvin is determined to improve the bullpen so that the team doesn’t have to rely on offense to win games next season.