12/10/08 5:18 PM EST
Brewers kick closer search up a notch
GM Melvin to again meet with reps for Fuentes and Hoffman
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Wood appears set to sign a two-year pact with the Cleveland Indians, though by midday Wednesday that deal was not officially in place. Another top free-agent closer, Francisco Rodriguez, was close to finalizing his own three-year contract with the Mets.That left Fuentes and Hoffman as the leading available options on the free-agent market, and a second meeting in as many days would seem to indicate that Melvin is doing more than just gauging those players' interest. Of course there is always a possibility that the Brewers could find a closer on the trade market, with the Mariners' J.J. Putz and the White Sox's Bobby Jenks most often mentioned as available. Or, the Brewers could fill from within with a first-time closer like Seth McClung, Carlos Villanueva or perhaps David Riske. Melvin has been meeting with reporters for a daily update at 6:30 p.m. CT. He could provide some details of his discussion with Thurman at that time.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.