"We're not rebuilding," an emphatic Melvin told reporters at the Winter Meetings. "We just lost some guys in free agency."
But that may be putting it mildly. The Brewers lost their best two starters in CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets, though Sheets remains a free agent. They also have already lost or are at risk of losing four relievers key to the team's 2008 playoff push: free agents Eric Gagne, Guillermo Mota and Brian Shouse, plus closer Salomon Torres, who retired.