Melvin met with agent for E-Jax, Howell

It’s been a quiet Wednesday so far for the Brewers at the Winter Meetings, but GM Doug Melvin did meet with one high-powered agent, Greg Genske, though Melvin would not reveal the content of that discussion. Among Genske’s free agents this winter are right-handed starter Edwin Jackson and left-handed reliever J.P. Howell, both potential players of interest for Milwaukee.

Jackson, 29, was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts for the Nationals last season while earning $11 million on a one-year deal. He and fellow right-hander Ryan Dempster could be good targets for the Brewers if they are willing to take a two-year deal.

The starting pitching market is still frozen, though, while Zack Greinke picks his new home. Once Greinke signs, you can expect players like Dempster, Jackson, Kyle Lohse and Shaun Marcum to follow.

Howell, 29, made 101 appearances over the past two seasons for the Rays. In 50 1/3 innings in 2012, he had a 3.04 ERA and limited left-handed hitters to a .200 average (17-for-85). Howell might be the best free agent lefty available after Sean Burnett and Randy Choate signed with teams on Wednesday.

Genske, by the way, also represents Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks and pitching prospect Jef Bradley.


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