Last season the Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen won 28 games and saved 44. The 28 wins ranked fourth in the National League; the 44 saves ranked sixth. That was the good news.
The Brewers’ bullpen in 2012 had a Major League worst ERA of 4.66. They blew 29 save opportunities, tied for most in the majors, and the bullpen pitchers suffered the loss in 33 games, most in the majors. That was the bad news.
General Manager Doug Melvin has taken steps to upgrade the bullpen by adding three pitchers: Burke Badenhop, Tom Gorzelanny and Michael Gonzalez. This comes on the heels of four pitchers from last year’s bullpen no longer on the Brewers’ roster: Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Veras, Kameron Loe and Manny Parra. With pitchers and catchers now in Arizona (and Florida) as spring training gets underway, it should be a very interesting spring as Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke look to tighten up the back half of the pitching staff.