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The Brewers are talking to Rafael Furcal

Nov 15, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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Adam McCalvy spoke with Doug Melvin at the GM meetings yesterday to catch up on the Brewers search for a shortstop.  The upshot: Milwaukee has only had one phone call with Jose Reyes and no numbers were exchanged.

There has been a bit more with less-sexy options, including Rafael Furcal, whose agent, Paul Kinzer, lunched with Melvin yesterday.  The Brew Crew is also keeping in touch with Yuniesky Betancourt. Not because they want him as their shortstop, but because they are no doubt all aware that I am almost totally unable to spell his name no matter how often I write it, and they just like messing with me.

Furcal seems like an intriguing option. Would be way cheaper than Reyes, obviously, though he is injury prone.  And certainly isn’t as long-a-term an option.  As fallbacks go, however, you could do way worse.

  1. Kyle - Nov 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Anyone but Yuni would be an upgrade. Furcal still seems to have a bit left in the tank.

  2. cintiphil - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    I don’t know about being better off, with Furcal. I like him, but he is not the hitter he used to be.
    They will miss Yuni’s bat.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      Who misses an OBP of .271 and SLG of .388…in a hitters park?

      • cintiphil - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        I saw him play against the Reds many times, and it seem to me that he was a very good clutch hitter. Some guys hit little, but get the big hits when needed. I felt Yuni was that kind of hitter, or it seemed so.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    On the Furcal subject, not sure how much he’s still on the Cards radar.

    I just heard a Matheny interview echoing Mozeliak’s Tyler Greene and Daniel Descalso double play combination possibilities up the middle next year in STL.

    For those who concerned about Matheny being a TLR desciple, MM used the words “gritty” and “sacrifice bunt” within seconds of each other.

    It’s sounding more and more like Matheny will be Michael Corleone, taking over the family biz for Don Tony.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      Here is my one request…if they are going to continue to employ dumb ass “strategies” (in good conscience, I can’t call giving away outs on purpose a strategy), like sac bunts….then fucking teach guys how to bunt. Besides the fact that they should rarely be employed and that successful sac bunts still decrease the likelihood of scoring in that inning, the Cardinals couldn’t have been successful more than 70% of the time the tried to sac bunt.

      • okwhitefalcon - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        Matheny made no bones about his commitment to “The Cardinal Way” with emphasis on situational execution of the fundamentals. He stressed that he would be “no clone’ of TLR but would use the philosophies he learned about matchup based bullpen management and late inning substitutional defense to ensure the best opportunity to win when those opportunities presented themselves.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM

        Yeah…but….those don’t represent opportunities to win, they represent opportunities to manage.

        If a guy isn’t good enough to start, how is he suddenly the guy you need when the game is on the line? He’s not.

        Matchups are great…as tie-breakers or if you know which hitters have big splits, playing while ignoring talent is dumb (e.g. having a lefty specialist that can’t get anyone out is worse than having no lefty at all).

        These are philosophies with no evidentiary basis or with clear evidence against them….kind of like making late inning substitutions under the guys of keeping bench guys sharp…there is no evidence whatsoever that such a thing is true, none at all.

  4. okwhitefalcon - Nov 15, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Matheny said these philosphies are engrained in him and represent the overall vision of the franchise. He mentioned how this was incorporated into the interview process with specific questions on how’d he handle certain situations.

    Personally I’m much more concerned about probability of Tyler Greene being an everyday shortstop and Mo and Dewitt not getting the deal done with Albert.

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