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Brewers rumors: Milwaukee planning for quiet winter meetings

The Brew Crew will be on the lookout for veteran arms, but are not likely to make any big plays on the market.

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The Milwaukee Brewers do not expect to be very active at this weeks’ winter meetings, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Don't look for the Milwaukee Brewers to make a big splash at baseball's annual winter meetings, which begin Monday at the sprawling Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

"I think it will be more quiet than most years," said general manager Doug Melvin. "We're transitioning into a group of younger players that we have to find out about."

The club will be scanning the market for relief help after their bullpen imploded on them in 2012, and may make a run at an older, established starter like Ryan Dempster, but the starting rotation is mostly locked in with their younger pitchers Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Mark Rogers filling out a group headlined by Yovani Gallardo.

Haudricourt adds on Twitter that Melvin is not inclined to go more than two years with any free-agent starter, which could make things difficult for the club.

The Brewers have been tied to big free-agent names like Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke over the past two months, and have the money required to sign either of the two, but are looking to significantly lower their payroll next year so are unlikely to do so.

Melvin also stated that the club expects to start the season with a payroll around $80 million. With $50.9 million already on the books for next year and a bit more needed to for arb-eligible players, the club has some financial flexibility but probably not enough for a major signing.