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Mail Call and on the 40

@Brewercom reported that there have been a few additions to the Milwaukee Brewers 40 man roster.

2B Eric Farris, LHP Dan Merklinger and RHP Wily Peralta added to the #Brewers 40-Man Roster.

Merklinger and Peralta were both Timber Rattlers in 2009.

Also, Adam McCalvy took a look at what was in his e-mail.  There are questions about trading Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun (BRAUN!?!?!?!!…oh, don’t worry.); Possibility of getting Cliff Lee or Jorge de la Rosa; New manager Ron Roenicke, and an interesting bit about Maryvale and what the future holds for a Spring Training site for the Brewers.

The excerpt from Adam’s column for this post deals with Brett Lawrie (’09):

Will we see Brett Lawrie in the bigs next year? Seems to be on the Braun/Rickie Weeks/Fielder track, but he’s blocked by Weeks at second base.
– Mark, Madison, Wis.

Lawrie is tough to figure out. He can hit, but word is that he still has some things to learn about professionalism and being a good teammate. In a perfect world, I think the Brewers would like him to play a full season at Triple-A before they consider him as a September callup. What happens with Weeks — who, like Fielder, has one arbitration season remaining before he hits free agency — will determine what happens with Lawrie.

Here’s another scenario we shouldn’t forget: If the Brewers are unhappy with their offers for Fielder, perhaps they would consider fielding interest in Lawrie. I could see him landing a pitching prospect in return.

Wherever it is, it is

Dan Merklinger, a Rattler in 2009, started the Arizona Fall League season with the Surprise Rafters.  Now, he has channeled Buckaroo Banzai after moving to the Phoenix Desert Dogs.

The Seton Hall alum began the fall with Surprise, but got an opportunity to start more consistently with Phoenix. It was an easy decision to switch teams, especially since it wasn’t really made by him.

“I was basically told by the Brewers and my coaches, and I said fine, I’ll just do whatever they want,” he said. “I’ll play wherever. Wherever it is, it is.”
Merklinger, who appeared at three levels in the Minors in 2010, joined fellow lefty Brewers prospect Lucas Luetge on the Dogs staff.

“The Phoenix team was down on pitching and I’ve been a starter all year, so it was a good opportunity for me to start in the Fall League,” he said. “It’s different — you’re always more comfortable with teammates you’ve been playing the season with, but I don’t have a problem getting along with anyone. Everyone’s been real nice and warm here.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the Buckaroo Banzai reference…first, I pity you. Second, the quote Wherever it is, it is reminded me of Peter Weller’s second best role (behind RoboCop, of course) because he says: No matter where you go, there you are at the start of this scene:

It was the 80’s. You could get away with stuff like that. And end credits like this.

By the way, I am still waiting for Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League.  I am also still wondering if Jeff Goldblum kept the cowboy outfit after the shooting of the film wrapped.

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