As a result of speculative circumstances, it appears that the whole "Mike Cameron for Melky Cabrera and possibly some sucky Japanese guy" deal has been declared dead. Mike Cameron is going to be back as a Brewer in 2009.
You all know where I stand on this. I'm jumping in my cubicle this morning. I never liked the deal to begin with. Mike Cameron is a damn good baseball player. Good D. Hits bombs. Good in the clubhouse. Runs well. Veteran. All that jazz. He was the starting CF for a playoff team last year, and well...I wasn't looking forward to a decrease in production from that spot, which is what Melky Cabrera would have been.
So now it's starting to look like all the Brewers position players (again, from the PLAYOFF team that won 91 games last year) will be coming back. Sure there may be a minor change (Hall platooned with Lamb...maybe Gamel fills in somewhere) but basically it's the same core of our nucleus players with good veterans in key spots and in the backup positions.
It's been beaten to death...but this team needs a starting pitcher. Everything you read has Melvin quoting the market is drying up...they're going to wait until mid-January...everybody needs starting pitching...etc.
It's funny how 1 guy/1 position could potentially swing things. As the roster stands right now, the Brewers (barring injury) are probably an 80-85 win team. Depending on who (if) they get as an additional starting pitcher, that will determine if they can jump back into the 85-90 win range...which is playoff range.
Again...get to work Doug. In Doug I trust.