Two more names to think about
Purely my personal thoughts on a pair of risk/reward pitchers:
– Would Justin Duchscherer make some sense for the Brewers? The former A’s All-Star was with now-Brewers manager Ken Macha in Oakland, and Macha said in September that he liked the righty. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick wrote a very nice story today about Duchscherer’s battle with clinical depression and it sounds like he is re-focused on his career. The Brewers have some history with Duchscherer’s agent, Damon Lapa, who represented longtime Milwaukee outfielder Geoff Jenkins.
Duchscherer didn’t pitch at all in 2009, but he has a 3.14 ERA in 219 Major League appearances, 27 of them starts. Duchscherer was primarily a reliever for Oakland until 2008, when he went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts and made his second American League All-Star team. He didn’t pitch after Aug. 18 that season because of an elbow injury that required surgery the following spring.
[UPDATE at 5 p.m. CT… A person who would know said the Brewers had yet to reach out to Lapa about Duchscherer. Perhaps club officials aren’t interested. Perhaps they want to exhaust other options first.]
– From another ESPN.com piece that requires a subscription, Buster Olney writes that the Padres will either try to sign right-hander Kevin Correia to a “moderate-sized deal” or consider non-tendering him. Olney speculates that Correia could make $3.5-$4 million in arbitration. That could be doable for the Brewers, who tried to sign Correia to a Minor League deal last winter but lost him to the Padres because Correia didn’t see as much opportunity to pitch in Milwaukee. Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin tried again to get Correia before the July nonwaiver trade deadline, but he didn’t have a match with the Padres.
Correia had never pitched more than 110 innings before 2009, when he went 12-11 for the Padres with a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts and 198 innings. Correia reportedly earned $1.1 million from the Padres, including his bonuses.
By the way, the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Dec. 12.
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