Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is not looking to make any big splashes at the winter meetings, which begin Dec. 3 in Nashville.
"I think it will be more quiet than most years," Melvin said.
The Brewers remain on the lookout for relief help and ideally would like to add two experienced pitchers to that department. They also are looking for an experienced starting pitcher to add to a rotation that will be in transition in 2013 with younger arms from the system.
However, Melvin does not intend to break the bank in either category, so don't expect a return of starter Zack Greinke to Milwaukee. Also, don't look for Milwaukee to offer three-year deals at $7 million per to a relief pitcher following deals of that ilk for Brandon League (Los Angeles Dodgers), Jeremy Affeldt (San Francisco Giants) and Jonathan Broxton (Cincinnati Reds).
"We're not looking at those kinds of guys," Melvin said.
In essence, the Brewers are in tweaking mode, not retooling mode. Melvin likes the everyday lineup that rallied in the final two months of 2013 to get back into the National League wild-card race before falling short. He also wants to see what the Brewers can get from some of the pitchers developed in the farm system, such as right-handers Mike Fiers, Mark Rogers and Wily Peralta, all of whom impressed after coming to the majors last season.
As always, Melvin will approach the meetings with an open mind. On the last day of the meetings in 2012, he signed veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a free agent deal. Before leaving those meetings, Melvin also began discussions that would lead to a free agent agreement with third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
Melvin noted that he never thought he could get Ramirez for $36 million over three years, but that was the agreement the sides quickly reached. Accordingly, he never counts anything out until told otherwise.
"Things change," he said. "You have to be prepared to act quickly."