The rumor mill is in full swing for the Milwaukee Brewers and GM Doug Melvin.
As we learned yestereday, the Brewers have been weighing their options heavily on a number of free-agent shortstops and third basemen.
Aramis Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Rafael Furcal, Clint Barmes and even Yuniesky Betancourt are all considered the most “likely” add-ons at this juncture, but nothing is set in stone and we’re guaranteed to see a few more names pop up with the GM meetings just under two weeks away.
Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman tweeted earlier today on how the Brewers have added free-agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins to their offseason wish-list.
Brewers add rollins to their ss list. Also eyeing reyes, furcal, yuni, barmes. hear they like reyes, good call if prince a no-go.
Rollins, 32, is coming off his 11th season with the Phillies, where he batted .268 with 16 HR and 63 RBI in 142 games played. He also stole 30 bases in 38 attempts.
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The Milwaukee Brewers, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, are in very interested in bringing in either former Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez or former Cardinal shortstop Rafael Furcal to bolster the team’s defensive woes, and to possibly fill in for the lack of Prince Fielder’s bat.
Here is the tweet sent by Nightengale from earlier today:
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According to SI.com’s MLB columnist Jon Heyman, the Brewers and Marlins are now among the leading contenders for the former Mets’ superstar shortstop.
“Sources indicate that Reyes tops the free-agent lists of the Marlins and Brewers, and other teams are likely to come into play, as well.”
Reyes, who will likely seek at least a new deal at or near 7-years this offseason, remains one of the most highly sought-after free-agents available of signing this winter, after Fielder and Albert Pujols, and will certainly command a considerably expensive contract this winter.
Last season, the speedy shortstop made $11 Million on his way to winning the NL batting title by just decimal points over Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. He also validated his worth by notching 7 HR, 44 RBI, 16 triples, .384 OBP and 39 stolen bases.
His defensive capabilities also make him a sublime addition for Milwaukee as they attempt to replace former shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt after a disastrous 2011 campaign with the Brewers.
In 2011, Reyes held his own in the field, maintaining a .968 FPCT and 4.32 range factor with New York. He also turned 75 double plays and committed 18 errors in 124 games played.
With each passing day, it’s becoming more likely that Milwaukee will be without Fielder next season and beyond. He is reportedly “aiming to beat Mark Teixeira’s $180 Million, eight-year deal”, and there’s a good chance his new paycheck could be coming from Theo Epstein and the Cubs.
Outside of Reyes, the free-agent market is essentially void of any shortstop options for Melvin to act on. That said, there’s a serious chance Milwaukee pulls the trigger on Reyes this winter. Only time will tell if a deal comes to fruition.