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  1. Did Greinke say at the time that he approved going to Milwaukee because of the Marcum trade? Because the existence of a certain Braun and a certain Fielder, and to a lesser extent a certain Weeks and a certain Gallardo should have been enough to convince him of the Brewers’ chances at winning.

    Comment by Chazz_IL — April 23, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  2. Its worth adding that Melvin believed that Lawrie was blocked by McGehee. He also stated in a television interview that he didn’t mind trading away players like Lawrie because he could just draft more. That tells you about the competence level of the front office and that’s putting aside how badly they overpaid for Marcum.

    Comment by oh Hal — April 23, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  3. If memory serves correctly Marcum coming to the Brewers was a huge factor in Greinke then coming as well. Milwaukee wasn’t even on the list of possible destinations for Greinke until they acquired Marcum.

    Comment by Jake S — April 23, 2012 @ 11:49 am

  4. Marcum is a decent pitcher, but I think I speak for all Jays fans when I say thank you very much Doug Melvin and the Brewers organization for the gift.

    Comment by Geoff — April 23, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

  5. Not only did no one know McGehee would fall off of a cliff, but Lawrie’s attitude had become something of a headache for the club in the minors. The Brewers also have had no problem drafting bats in the past.

    Comment by jerbear1985 — April 23, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

  6. i think it’s something that worked well for both sides that were dealing from a position of strength to an extent. While Marcum himself may not have been THE factor for Greinke, trading for a pitcher while keeping Fielder definitely was…

    Comment by robby — April 23, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  7. He was also blocked by Green (Brewers minor league player of the year last season) as well as refusing to show up for the fall league to work on 3B. That refusal didn’t go over well with the front office.

    Comment by Bob — April 23, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

  8. It was the combination of Fielder staying for the last year of his contract and the acquisition of Marcum.

    “I knew Prince only had one year left on his contract and I wasn’t sure what direction they were going to go in with him. But once they signed Marcum and didn’t trade Prince, I knew they were in it.”

    Comment by Dealer A — April 23, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

  9. I wouldn’t trade the Brewer’s playoff run last year for Lawrie. It was an absolute blast to be at the playoff games. The Marcum deal was perfect-when it’s time to go for it, do it, even if it means only one playoff run. Totally worth it IMO.

    Comment by Rob — April 23, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

  10. Lawrie did an amazing thing. The year he refused to go to the fall league, he told Melvin he deserved to have been a Sept call up. He told Melvin he was a MLB player and not a fall league player and simply refused to go.

    Melvin told Brett that after the fall league he would be a spring invite to camp. That was how it worked, Melvin said. Lawrie just said ‘no, I am a MLB player NOW’.

    To me it will be interesting if Lawrie has any slump or problem in Toronto at any time. Because when the player tells the organisation what to do, or he refuses to play, it can become interesting

    Comment by Dan — April 24, 2012 @ 8:59 am

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