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Don't expect big-bucks pitching move

Don't expect big-bucks pitching move
By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 10, 2009

The logical assumption among many in Brewer Nation is that general manager Doug Melvin will follow the signing of closer Trevor Hoffman by landing one of the higher profile starting pitchers remaining on the free agent market. Don't count on it.

First of all, forget the rumors that the Brewers are in the hunt for Derek Lowe. He doesn’t fit into the team’s budget for next season and beyond, and Melvin isn’t going to forfeit his first-round draft pick in June by signing a Class A free agent.

“I haven’t even talked to Scott Boras,” said Melvin, referring to Lowe’s agent.

Melvin wouldn’t reveal his exact budget for 2009 but, depending on how the team’s six arbitration cases play out, the signing of Hoffman ($6 million) pushed the Brewers close to the $80 million level at which they began last season. Thus, they’d have to stretch their finances to sign a starting pitcher of any note.

“I do like to keep some (payroll) flexibility in the case of injuries,” said Melvin. “And teams are going to move players at some point. Right now, I don’t anticipate (a major signing of a pitcher).”

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