Notes centrales de NL: Betts, Brewers, Venable, Tigers, Pirates

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Could Mookie Betts blossomed into stardom in a Brewers uniform? It could have been a reality if former Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin had been successful, as he tried to acquire Betts from the Red Sox in 2013 in exchange for a merger Francisco Rodriguez, according to Adam Berry and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. As Boston’s fifth-round pick in the 2011 Draft, “Mookie kind of went under the radar if you went through the so-called MLB Pipeline or whatever. I don’t think he was in their top 10-15 prospects at the time.Said Melvin. However, the Brewers ‘analysis and testing services agreed on Betts’ potential, so the speech was addressed to then Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who wisely declined the offer.Betts were already in the middle of a great season at A-ball level in 2013, and Cherington remembers that at the end of the season, Betts’the name was the first»Mentioned by other clubs during trade negotiations. ” Doug Melvin was the first to ask, so I always give Doug credit. He was the first to askSaid Cherington.

As Milwaukee fans take a moment to sigh sadly, let’s look at a few more articles from NL Central…

  • Cubs third base coach Will Venable talked with the Tigers about their vacant leadership position, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. Venable was first cited as a potential candidate for the Tigers job in September, and Venable also recently interviewed the Red Sox about their leadership work. Beyond the Red Sox and Tigers, “other clubs have also requested permission from the Cubs to speak with Venable about other non-managerial openings in their organizations,” Wittenmyer writes. A nine-season MLB veteran, Venable has spent the past three years at Wrigleyville as special assistant to Theo Epstein, as well as a first base and third base coach. This is the second winter in a row that Venable is a popular contender, as the Cubs considered him for their own manager’s job last offseason, and the Astros and Giants also interviewed him for their openings. of management.
  • the The Pirates have 19 players eligible for officiating this offseason, the most of any baseball team. At least some of those names won’t be returning to Pittsburgh in 2021, as Athletic’s Rob Biertempfel believes up to six players may not be tendered and several more are commercial candidates. Interestingly, Biertempfel quotes Trevor Williams as a non-tender potential, on the heels of a season that saw Williams get off to a good start, but then struggled to finish with a 6.18 ERA in 55 1/3 innings, with a record 15 authorized circuits. Williams received some commercial interest from at least one team (the Blue Jays) in August, so it’s possible Toronto or another club could have discussions with the Pirates before the no-submission deadline. Williams had two solid seasons in 2017-18 and begins his season at 29 with two years of team control to play. MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz predicts Williams will earn between $ 3.2 million and $ 4.6 million from the arbitration process this winter.

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