This team is not a contender, not really. Do not trade Gamel, Salome or Escobar for anything. Trade Hart, Hardy, Parra or anyone else in the farm system if something decent comes along for a player with a contract through 2010. Make no trades for someone who is not club-controlled beyond this season.
I'm not giving up on the Brewers, but I am giving up on the notion that a single player will all of a sudden vault them into contention. Right now the Brewers have a single starter in Gallardo, no consistent performer in the rotation behind him and a four man pen in Stetter, DiFelice, Coffey and Hoffman (you may not remember him, he is the Brewers closer). You can't win with staff consisting of 5 dependable arms.
The Brewers will need to make some serious changes going into 2010. It'll be a hell of an off-season.
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