Really? My question is, if you were to make this statement, why did it just come out last week? Why weren't people talking about this a month ago. Lets review what happened last week during and after the Winter Meetings:
- The Yankee's signed CC Sabathia.
- The Brewers and Yankees are discussing a deal involving Mike Cameron, Melky Cabrera and Kei Igawa
- The Brewers picked up a hard thrower in the Rule 5 draft and lost their 4th best catching prospect.
Now people are griping that the Brewers are slashing payroll by trying to trade Cameron. If you remember, there was much debate about whether the Brewers should pick up his option at the end of the season. I would say there was a 50/50 split as to if the Brewers should keep him. Even though he took terrible routes on a couple key fly balls during the season, I was fine with bringing him back. He did get on base in the 8th in game 162 to allow Braun to come to the plate. If the Brewers want to get rid of him I am fine with that as well. If they didn't pick up his option, they would have got nothing for him. By picking up his option they are looking at getting something in return if they should dump him. Mike Cameron is not going to make or break the Brewers 2009 season.
In the Rule 5 draft the brewers picked up Eduardo Morlan from the Montgomery Biscuits, also known as the Rays' AA team (Click here for a shockingly large picture of Ed). He had a solid year in AA last season. He can bring the heat. He was picked in the 3rd round by the Twins (a team that usually knows how to draft) and was part of the Delmon Young deal. He has to stay on the MLB roster all year, but in the worst case he is the mop up man and in the best case he is the 7th inning guy. I like this move.
So, I guess I just don't see why people picked last week to flip out about the Brewers 2009 chances. I am pretty sure the Brewers figured they had little chance to sign Sabathia and have a plan on how to proceed now that he is officially off the market. The trade of Cameron isn't a big deal since it was debatable if they were going to even pick up his option. Sheets isn't coming back, but everyone knew that. So, someone, please tell me what new development took place last week to send everyone over the edge.