The Jays clearly don’t think they can make the playoffs out of the AL East in 2011-12; they’re pursuing the TB route to competitiveness (without actually losing 100 games for years). Makes sense to me.
Theoretically they’re trying to extend Weeks, which would make this trade a big win if it gets done. Otherwise…big trouble. Maybe Counsell will have a job until he’s 45.
Comment by skipperxc — December 6, 2010 @ 10:53 am
Loving this trade for the Brewers. It’s not just Gallardo, old vet and scrubs. Gallardo, Marcum and Wolf can work well in NL Central.
Comment by Dick Whitman — December 6, 2010 @ 10:59 am
I’m getting a kick out of how Jays fans think that this is a pathway to Greinke. If the Royals were that interested in Lawrie, don’t you think that the Brewers would have already sent him to KC for Greinke?
The Jays have other really good prospects they can package with Lawrie while the Brewers don’t (at least not guys who are close). Package Lawrie, Drabek, and Arencibia together and I think the Royals would be thinking long and hard about pulling the trigger.
Comment by Nitram Odarp — December 6, 2010 @ 11:14 am
Gallardo is the much sexier pitcher (strikeouts! hits homeruns! throws 95 mph!), but Marcum is better statistically in every other category.
I’m trying not to be a Brewers homer here, but this looks like an unqualified win for the Brewers, especially if they can extend Marcum and Weeks.
I like this trade for the Jays, even if doesn’t lead to Greinke. Marcum’s a good pitcher and he should do well for the Brewers. But I see Lawrie as elite prospect who could play in many All-Star games. I know there are some questions about his attitude, but I think Lawrie’s power makes this a deal the Brewers might regret for many years to come.
It’s a move that makes me believe that the Brewers see themselves as World Series competitors, and they aren’t. Unless the Brewers make another big time move or two to put themselves in position to compete for a ring, letting Lawrie go for 2 years of Marcum’s service, will seem like a total waste.
it’s a moot point if they can sign Weeks to an extension, or even if they don’t. Lawrie *might* be as good as Weeks in 5 years, but he could also flame out, or become just a solid everyday player. and obviously, Marcum could sign an extension too.
Im not a Jays fan, fyi.
And its not about interest in a prospect.. The Royals arent shopping Greinke, they’re fielding offers. Blue Jays have a good system and could make something happen. Plus the Brewers are strapped for cash, Greinke’s contract, I imagine, would prolly still be too much for them to take on, even if it is a great salary relative to Greinke’s skill.
If anything, this deal is a great sell for the fans in 2011. If Melvin trotted out a pitching staff like last year’s again, his job security (which has been whispered about last year) would begin to openly be questioned, I think. They may be hoping for huge years by the starters, and hope that Braun and Fielder give the Central hell for their last year together.
Thank you Brew Crew! The pitching staff won’t be comprised of Yovani and 4 terrible pitchers this season…
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