Brewers Add Durham for Next to Nothing

July 21, 2008 at 10:13 am 5 comments

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The Milwaukee Brewers struck a deal with the San Francisco Giants yesterday that landed them veteran secondbaseman Ray Durham in exchange for left-hander Steve Hammond and outfielder Darren Ford, both minor leaguers. Durham had a provision in his contract that paid him $200,000 if he was traded, and Brewers GM Doug Melvin said his club picked up that cost. But a Giants source said that team picked up about half of the $3 million remaining on Durham’s contract.

The Brewers gained a veteran presence that can hit but lacks any range in the field. Durham can be a valuable pinch-hitter and a valuable spot starter at 2B. If Rickie Weeks continues to struggle Durham could possibly take over the secondbase job. It may hurt Weeks development a bit but who cares? The Brewers haven’t made the playoffs since the year I was born (1982) and they are making it clear that now is the time for them.

The two “prospects” the Brewers gave up have little value. Here is a scouting report on the two of them from Keith Law over at the 4-letter:

The prospects going back to San Francisco are long shots to have any major league value. Steve Hammond is a left-handed pitcher with neither plus command nor an out pitch, and his velocity is below average. Darren Ford is a 70 or 80 runner, but has a very long swing and poor pitch recognition, and is struggling at age 22 in the Florida State League. He’s been playing baseball for only four years, so there’s a chance he’ll be a late bloomer, but the odds are against him.

The Brewers gave up pieces in their system that weren’t part of the future of the team and they got the Giants to pay most of Durham’s salary. This was a no-brainer for the Brewers as they add a high on-base bat to their bench for next to nothing. I also believe there will be at least one more move by the Brewers (Randy Wolf?) and maybe two (Huston Street?).

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  July 21, 2008 at 10:30 am

    You can forget about Huston Street… he isn’t going anywhere… (a la Joe Nathan in Minnesota). Wolf may but I don’t think Melvin is looking for him… A more likely addition is Fuentes for believe it or not Weeks.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 21, 2008 at 10:45 am

    That would be a steal for the Rockies. Weeks would destroy in that altitude. I think Melvin is in this to win this year. I think he will land another guy. I’ve heard rumblings of Street and Wolf in the past week. I really think Melvin will do what it takes unless it means dealing major league talent or Alcides Escobar. I think he might actually give up Mat Gamel in the right deal.

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  July 21, 2008 at 11:13 am

    SI.com said today that the Brewers inquired about Street. There is a possibility there. Last I heard though was that the Brewers scouts weren’t too fond of Street.

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  • 4. Erik  |  July 21, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    If you get these rumors from Ken Rosenthal you are better off just making up rumors like Clemens going to the Brewers for a keg of beer and a bratwurst.

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