|Welcome to the 17th of 30 "2008 Team Previews", where I'm - you guessed it! - offering up a little preview of the 2008 season for each of the teams. Nothing super fancy, (I'm not writing books here munecas), just a few notes on what major moves the teams made over the winter and a thought or two on their upcoming season. I'm going in reverse order of 2007 standings, so next up is....
2007 Record: .512 (83-79), 2nd place in NL Central
2006 Record: .463 (75-87), 4th place in NL Central
Who’s Out: Corey Koskie (3B), Geoff Jenkins (OF), Johnny Estrada (C), Matt Wise (P),
Who’s In: Guillermo Mota (P), Jason Kendall (C), David Riske (P), Eric Gagne (P), Mike Cameron (OF),
Notes: Despite what many would consider to be a disappointing 2007 season, the Brewers have kept much of the roster the same and have another chance to make the post-season this year for the first time since 1982. They've got a fantastic core of young players in Fielder, Bran, Hardy, Hall, and Weeks, and if Ben Sheets stays healthy their pitching is great, too - he's in a contract year, so maybe he'll be more motivated so stay in shape? Signing Mike Cameron was brilliant, as it actually fixed three positions. Braun was horrendous at third base last year and Hall is really an infielder, not a centerfielder, so Braun can head out to left field where he's less of a liability and Hall can play third while Cameron takes over in center. As for the Gagne pickup... time shall tell.If everyone stays relatively healthy, expect to see them in October and start peeing your pants.
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