Doug Melvin was hitting the phones looking to improve the Brewers for next season. It was reported by Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal that Melvin talked to a number of players’ agents. He spoke with the agent for Rafael Furcal, Jerry Hairston Jr., and Yuniesky Betancourt.
Paul Kinzer, the agent for Furcal and free-agent 3rd baseman Aramis Ramirez, said he thought that Furcal would be a great addition to the Brewers. I know he was a thorn in the Brewers side. Ramirez is another guy that has been linked to the Brewers, but Melvin is looking for a SS first.
The agent for Yuni B has said that they would be “very interested” in coming back to the Crew at a lower salary. Melvin told Jaime Torres, agent for Yuni, that he want to explore the market before offering a contract.
Melvin conceded that Hairston was a “good fit” on the Brewers last year and he would love to have him back next year.
He also addressed why the Brewers might be mentioned in the landing prospects of SS Jose Reyes. He said it is because of “one call, no numbers.” Interesting. Obviously the Miami Marlins have been in the Reyes news the most. There were even reports that a contract was signed, but they proved to be false. I see Reyes do a little more shopping for a better deal. There is a lot of time and I’d be surprised if he chooses his new team before December.