Lots of Brewers news today.
Mike Maddux leaves to become the Texas Rangers pitching coach.
No word on whether Texas (5.37 team ERA in 2008, last in MLB) has employed a pitching coach in the past. I'm sorry to see Maddux go, because he seemed like a good coach and a good guy, but perhaps a new voice would be good for some of the starters (Parra, Suppan?). This isn't great news, but it's not terrible news either, in my opinion. Good luck, Mike. It appears that you're going to need it.
The Brewers excercise their team option on Mike Cameron for 2009.
I've said before that this was a no-brainer, and I'm glad they made this move. Cameron was a plus defender and was a team leader from Day 1 last year. Combine that with the lack of viable centerfielders in the system or on the free agent market, and this is a good move.
The Brewers reportedly offer CC a 5-year, $100 million contract.
This is significantly less than the crazy 4-year, $110 million offer that some news outlets (namely WTMJ AM 620) were reporting over the weekend. That offer (at over $27 M per year) might have caused CC to pause before rejecting it. This offer will lead to no such hesitation. K Bye, CC. Thanks for 2008.