Originally posted on Brewers Bar  |  Last updated 12/4/12

MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 4: Robin Yount (C) speaks as Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin (L) and Chairman and Principal owner Mark Attanasaio look on at a press conference announcing his return to the Milwaukee Brewers as a bench coach November 4, 2005 at Miller Park in Miwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
  The Milwaukee Brewers haven’t made any noise at the 2012 Winter Meetings in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing any business.  The tenor and rhythm of the Winter Meetings can fluctuate wildly, but so far this year’s Meetings seem to be of the conversation-heavy, action-light variety.  The Washington Nats acquired Dan Haren, which is a bummer; I thought the Crew possibly could’ve signed him.  At $13M for one year, however, the Brewers had no chance, especially considering GM Doug Melvin’s recent comments about the team payroll dropping as low as $80M for 2013.  It’s hard to know what to believe, especially at this time of year, but the notion that a well-supported team like the Brewers would have to drop payroll that significantly after drawing nearly 3 million fans is disturbing.  It’s especially dire when one considers the club’s many needs this offseason.  If the Brewers truly don’t want to go to three years to sign a starting pitcher, it would seem imperative
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