Before I could finish my "What are they gonna do?" series, the Brewers went ahead and actually did something. Trading their top prospect, Brett Lawrie, to the Toronto Blue Jays for a proven starter in Shaun Marcum. This is a good trade for the Brewers and the trade is universally liked by experts, insiders and fans.
Shaun Marcum was basically the #1 starter for Toronto last season going 13-8 with a 3.64 ERA and, even better, a 3.74 FIP (a pitching statistic that takes defense out of the equation) shows that ERA is close to his true talent level. He's going to fit in nicely behind Gallardo and Wolf can move to a more natural spot behind him. It's going to be awesome. Everything falls into place. Brewers win the pennant.
Can you tell I like this deal? Here's four things you should know to like it too:
- Marcum averaged more strikeouts per 9 innings (7.60 to 7.40) and less walks per 9 innings (1.98 to 2.25) than everyone's favorite trade target this winter, Zack Greinke. (h/t Brewers Bar)
- Marcum versus non-BOS/TB/NYY: 2.74 ERA, 6.1IP/start, 8.0k/9, 2.0 bb/9, 0.9hr/9, 1.08 WHIP in 21 starts. (h/t Al's)
- If you put Marcum on last year's team he would have been the second most valuable pitcher on the team.
- Unlike all the people who take less money to sign with perennial contenders or California teams, Marcum is from the Midwest and might be convinced to sign long-term.
And he gives great beard!
Get excited! I have a total Marcumer right now.
As for Brett Lawrie the Brewers are losing their best offensive prospect which sucks, but on the bright side some scouts see him not fitting in the infield and needing a move to the outfield. If they are correct his value is much lower as a corner outfielder as compared to a second baseman. (I don't know, that's just what they tell me.) He should be a good offensive player someday and we'll miss that bat one day. That being said, I couldn't be happier to see him go because Brett Lawrie seems like a douchebag.
At the Miller Park Drunk Pants Party I met a guy (who wants no credit) who told me he had some pictures from Brett Lawrie's facebook that he wanted to send me. The pictures were, um, interesting and I honestly didn't know what to do with them. I reacted to the pictures the same way I did when someone offered me "the scoop" on Prince and Chanel's marriage, I did nothing. This isn't the Milwaukee Brewers TMZ page, this is a blog about the Brewers because I like the Brewers. I like to make a few jokes at the player's expense, but that's about it.* I would never set out to hurt or embarrass a player from my favorite team. I love those guys.
Now, with that being said Brett Lawrie is a Blue Jay now and he should have figured out facebook's privacy settings when he had the chance.
I'm told the kids call this "Edward 40 hands". The hand motion would seem to imply oral sex. Together? Pure class.
Most homoerotic picture featuring a former Brewers prospect? Most homoerotic picture featuring a former Brewers prospect.
The guy who takes this picture is the same guy who takes a picture of his penis and texts it. Just saying.
My personal favorite picture of the bunch. At first glance it's a positive, inspirational quote that would inspire someone like Brett to make it all the way to the majors. On second glance, it's a PG paraphrased version of the lyrics to Eminem's "Lose Yourself".
The tattoo reads:
Success is my only option failure's not
so here I go it's my shot feet fail me not
this may be the only opportunity that I got
Eminem's lyrics read:
Success is my only mothafuckin' option, failure's not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer's got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem's lot
So here I go with my shot, feet fail me not
This may be the only opportunity that I got
Apparently the part about growing up in a trailer park doesn't apply to Brett.
Anyways, have fun with this guy Blue Jays fans.
MARCUM! MARCUM! MARCUM!