Melvin explains Brewers’ quiet winter

Brew Beat

The Brewers began the New Year as the only team yet to sign a Major League free agent since the end of last season.

General manager Doug Melvin was asked Monday what he would say to fans perturbed by the team’s inactivity.

“I would just say that it’s true, we haven’t done all that much,” Melvin said. “But just because you don’t respond in free agency doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the thing to do. If you look at a lot of the teams that got involved in free agency in the past few years, it hasn’t been that successful for them — and then there are the players whose price range isn’t even close to what we could consider. We’re putting a lot of faith into our system.”

In Melvin’s view, the Brewers’ Major League roster is well-stocked aside from first base and the bullpen, areas club officials are still…

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