The Milwaukee Brewers wasted little time letting it be known the performance by last year's bullpen was intolerable.
Brewers relievers posted a major league-worst 4.66 ERA in 2012, and general manager Doug Melvin acted swiftly in showing the door to seven players who pitched a combined 353 13 innings.
Gone are Jose Veras, Francisco Rodriguez, Tim Dillard, Kameron Loe, Manny Parra, Mike McClendon and Livan Hernandez, which means John Axford and Jim Henderson are the only major contributors returning in 2013.
Though it would have been easy for Melvin to panic and dish out money to some of the bigger-name relievers on the market, he stayed patient. And on the trade front, instead of dealing away valuable assets, Melvin found a way to acquire a useful reliever in Burke Badenhop by giving up only a low-level prospect.
The two free-agent relievers Milwaukee signed are perfect fits for the ballclub. There was no better match for the Brewers' needs than Tom Gorzelanny. The 30-year old l...