Roenicke: Tight budget means tough choices
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has not changed in his desire to see the team add a veteran starting pitcher this winter, but he understands that you don’t always get when you want.
“There’s lots of things that I think I would like,” Roenicke said with a smile on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.
The Brewers need relievers and are looking hard at starters this week, but Roenicke said he understands that general manager Doug Melvin’s task is complicated by the fact the club is paring its payroll, from more than $100 million last season to as low as $80 million for 2013.
So Melvin is shopping with limited funds, some of which will have to be directed to a bullpen that currently has at least three vacancies.
“We’ve talked about both [starters and relievers],” Roenicke said. “It’s more as to who’s available that fits in. Obviously, any time you can get a good quality starter, that’s important. But if what we’re looking at isn’t that much better than what we have with the young guys, then all of a sudden it becomes more important to look at the bullpen.
“Because, there are holes in the bullpen. There aren’t holes in our starting rotation. We’ve got actually one too many starters.”
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