Thursday, July 30, 2009

Brewers Roster Moves; Cubs Make a Trade

After defeating the Washington Nationals 7-3, and splitting a four game series, the Brewers made two roster moves.

The first was sending Bill Hall to AAA Nashville to get some at bats and somehow regain his form of 2006. Hall had to agree to do this because he has more than five years of service time in the majors, and can come back whenever he feels necessary.

In 199 at bats this season, Hall was hitting .201/.263/.337/.600. This seems odd considering Bill Hall still considers himself the best third baseman in the league.

Hall can still be an asset to this team going forward. Throughout his career he has shown that he can hit lefties well, and plays solid defense.

Hall is going to be a Brewers for the next season and a half, no matter what. To bad Dave Littlefield is no longer employed by a major league club, or the Brewers could make a Matt Morris type trade. He still has next season's contract worth $8.4 million, and a $9.25 million team option that will not be exercised (costing them another half million in a buyout).

With the other move, the Brewers placed Jeff Suppan on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

He injured himself swinging during Monday night's game against the Nationals.

Suppan's spot in the rotation is set to come up on Saturday. The obvious replacement is Mike Burns, who has struggled in his brief time with the Brewers. He is not currently on the roster and would need to be brought up.

On Sunday, the Brewers have named the starter Carlos Villanueva. If I were a betting man, I would think that the Brewers are going to trade for Kevin Correia and start him on that day, considering he is already scheduled to face the Brewers on Sunday.

In other NL Central news, the Cubs acquired left handed specialist John Grabow from the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with SP Tom Gorzelanny for pitchers Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio, 3B Josh Harrison. It seems like a decent haul for the Pirates, although I am not quite sure why they decided to include Gorzelanny in the deal. Grabow is considered a type A free agent, but the Cubs will not receive this pick because no one is going to sign Grabow and give up a first round draft pick.

It should be an interesting 20 hours for the Brewers, and baseball, stay tuned.

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