Sveum, Fielder, and the hunt for a new shortstop
This morning on Wisconsin's Morning News, we checked in with Milwaukee Brewers beat writer for the Journal/Sentinel, Tom Haudricourt. Tom has been camped out at the Pfister Hotel for the majority of the week for the general manager's meetings.
Among the items we spoke about include Dale Sveum's decision on where to manage, Prince Fielder's next team, and the Brewers hunt for a new shortstop.
In regards to Sveum, news is starting to build that he not only has received an offer to manage the Chicago Cubs, but that he will accept that job. According to Haudricourt, who exchanged text messages with Sveum last night who indicated, "nothing was official yet."
Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has also been linked to the Cubs, though a formal offer has not been made. According to Haudricourt, he doesn't believe the Cubs will make an offer-- regardless of whether or not Sveum becomes the new Manager.
"The people familiar with the Cubs say they are not inclined, this winter, to make a big ticket offer to anybody. That they don't think they're just a year away. Things can change in a long winter especially if the market doesn't evolve for Prince and his price comes down. So I won't say a definite "no" but the inclination right now I hear from Cubs people is that they're not going to go after him."
It appears as if the Brewers will make an offer to Prince, but it also appears they are in no hurry to do so. The organization knows that keeping Prince is a long shot, and Haudricourt explained that, reading between the lines of what Brewers people are saying, he concludes they have "mentally moved on from Prince."
Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin is using the GM meetings as a means to connect with agents for free agent shortstops. He's spoken with the agents for Jose Reyes, Rafael Furcal, Clint Barmes, and expected to meet with the agent for Jimmy Rollins today. Even though the Brewers chose not to pick up the 6 million dollar option on Yuniesky Bettancourt, they could bring him back to the team for less money.
You can hear the full podcast of my conversation with Tom Haudricourt by clicking here.