A plethara of arms in baseball is always a good thing for a club to have. It provides stability, trading options and quickly can solve injury problems throughout the season. While the Brewers addressed their inconsistancies in the bullpen by parting ways with certain key figures like Matt Wise, Scott Linebrink, Greg Aquino and Corderro, they did add some strong relievers this past off-season by signing veterans Guillermo Mota, Solomon Torres and took a chance on the now steroid-rumored Eric Gagne.
While I'm still not sold on "Turn-blow" in the closer role, I hope to be proven wrong on my assumption that Gagne is way past his Dodger-blue closer days. But the Brewers have multiple bullpen arms that have either closer experience or potential in that area, which makes me feel better about the situation, especially with the newly-acquired Jason Kendall calling the shots behind the plate. However, the Brewers needed to up-grade their outfield. Kevin Mench and Gabe Gross was certainly not the answers last season. And I am still not a fan of Bill Hall being in centerfield. Evidently, neither were the Brewers and signing free-agent Mike Cameron seems to prove that theory.
I still have some questions. I am less-than-convinced that the Brewers decision to sign Cameron was a good idea. While I am a fan of Braun making the move to left field to replace an inconsistant offensively-unproductive Jenkins and Bill Hall moving back to the infield, I think the Brewers needed to look at other weaknesses in their line-up, specifically the leadoff hitter.
Rickie Weeks seemed to have figured out his hitting woes late last season and I hope that that can continue into much of this year. But he is not the answer in the leadoff role. He's much more fitted for a sixth or seventh spot in a line-up. Tony Gwynn, Jr. would be a perfect option to fill an outfield void--good arm, great speed--and fix a leadoff spot void as well with his strong (yet still unproven experience) on-base percentage and nack for getting on base.
Don't get me wrong, any opportunity to shore up your defense by signing a former gold glover (Cameron) is great for a team heading into a season with lots of potential and serious pennant-contending aspirations, but besides Cory Hart, the Brewers struggled with offensive production from their outfield starters or from off the bench. Cameron is still famously known for his four-homer game in 2004 and his solid outfield, but not his consistant hitting. I would much rather have had The Crew go out and set their sights on another ace for the staff, whether better or behind Ben Sheets. But that's probably why I am just another fan and not a general manager, but still, I can have my say...
Who knows, Melvin and Co. might prove to be genius and everything works out to plan, perfectly. But perhaps, while Cameron serves his performance-enhancing suspension, Gywnn gets his chance in his spot and explodes on the opportunity,c reating even more excitement, even more controversary and a position the Brewers have not been in a while: on the verge of greatness with loads of young talent. We'll just have to wait and see.