Brewers take action for pitching on Day 3
Milwaukee GM nets two quality arms at Winter Meetings
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Brewers' veteran general manager Doug Melvin got aggressive to meet his top two Winter Meetings priorities on Wednesday.
"A two-year guaranteed deal is something he's talked about trying to find for the last three or four years, and he found it at what we think may have been the 11th hour," Astros GM Ed Wade said. "We thought we were closing in on getting a deal done. We had talked about a year and a vesting option and they actually came back and asked about a clean one-year deal and we made our proposal, but we got trumped on two-year."
Wolf and Hawkins have been linked before. The Astros traded for Hawkins and Wolf within eight days of each other in late July 2008."In a span of a couple of hours, the Brewers took our two trading deadline deals of 2008 and put them into their pitching staff," Wade said. "Guess it helps validate what we did back then, but it may not help us in April facing those two guys." The Brewers will probably acquire a few more new faces before April. Melvin finally met face-to-face with Barry Meister, the representative of free-agent infielder Craig Counsell, to discuss the offer Melvin made last week. He also plans to continue dialogue with Gregg Clifton, the agent for left-hander Mark Mulder. Mulder has been linked to the Brewers for months because of his ties to pitching coach Rick Peterson -- they were together in Oakland and reunited as recently as last summer when Mulder needed help with his mechanics. Melvin doesn't expect any finality to negotiations until January at the earliest. Mulder has been limited to four starts since 2006 because of shoulder injuries and the Brewers are trying to convince him to take a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp. The next decision for Melvin and his staff comes Saturday, the deadline to tender contracts to unsigned players. Melvin said he would debate those decisions in the coming days.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.