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Friday, June 10, 2005

Go Doug Melvin!

For those who don't know, Doug Melvin is the Milwaukee Brewers' General Manager, and he is slowly turning the Brewers from a perennial doormat into a competitive squad. They won't challenge for the playoffs anytime soon, but they aren't a nearly automatic W on other teams' schedules any more.

Melvin's latest move seems to be nothing but good, yummy baseball delight for fans of the Brew Crew. He traded 2nd baseman Junior Spivey, who is batting a pathetic .236 this season and is a defensive liability, to the Washington Nationals for Tomo Ohka, a promising young pitcher who has notched a 4-3 record with a 3.33 ERA. You can never have too much pitching, and if Ohka is a legitimate sub-4 ERA pitcher, he's an excellent acquisition for a questionable player.

On top of that, Spivey's departure opens a hole for AAA sensation Rickie Weeks, who is batting .320 at that level and is one of the hottest minor league prospects in baseball. I would imagine Weeks will be packing his bags for Milwaukee soon, and if he pans out, the Brewers will have improved their rotation and their offense-- which desperately needs improving.

Nice move Doug.
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