Lohse deal sets Brewers up for a fall

Updated: March 27, 2013, 1:53 PM ET
By Buster Olney

The Miami Marlins are doing a Buy One Get One Free thing with their Opening Day tickets, like a grocery store selling pickles. The Houston Astros are prepared to open the year with a $20 million payroll (plus $5 million in Wandy Rodriguez salary) and a team that could match Casey Stengel's Mets for consecutive 106-loss seasons.

Within that context, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio deserves this: No owner in baseball can say he has made a more concerted effort to win within the confines of his market than Attanasio has over the past six seasons.

It was Attanasio who greenlighted the trade for CC Sabathia in 2008, who fired manager Ned Yost with a week to go in a push to make the playoffs. It was Attanasio who made a serious offer in an attempt to keep Sabathia, and then did the same with Prince Fielder -- deals that would've really stretched the Milwaukee budget. It was Attanasio who gave the go-ahead for the deals for Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, and for the free-agent signings of Randy Wolf and Aramis Ramirez. Attanasio greenlighted the winter offer to Ryan Dempster a few months ago, and is the reason Ryan Braun is locked up through 2020.