Vargas released by Brewers

25 03 2008

I must admit that I did not see this coming at all.  The Milwaukee Brewers released Claudio Vargas today to save money and solidify the starting rotation.

Tom Haudricourt reports that the Brewers made this move today to save $2.7M on his contract.  Doug Melvin said that there was limited trade interest in Vargas, but not enough to make a productive move.  Melvin decided that it would be better to save the $2.7M than to make a trade for Vargas.  Doug said that Claudio was the seventh best starter on the team, and thus expendable.  I am not going to miss Claudio, but I still believe that Doug should have made a move.  The only thing that I can think of is that other teams wanted Milwaukee to pick up some of his contract.  Regardless, this shows a supreme commitment to youth for the Crew.

This move not only saves the Brewers money, but it solidifies the starting rotation until Yovani Gallardo gets back from his stint on the DL.  Here’s how it will shake out:

RHP – Ben Sheets
RHP – Jeff Suppan
LHP – Manny Parra
RHP – Dave Bush

RHP – Carlos Villanueva




One response

26 03 2008

I was just thinking…I think Yost has a lot of confidence in Parra despite his late struggles. He was lights out early on, but the pressure of trying to earn a spot seemed to get to him. Maybe by giving him a guaranteed spot with little competition, he will return to 0.54 ERA form. Or maybe that is what Yost was thinking too.

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