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What We Learned: Brewers make moves at Winter Meetings

What We Learned: Brewers make moves at Winter Meetings

The Brewers made a few moves at the Winter Meetings, acquiring a reliever and making a few Rule 5 picks. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned. Roster Moves Milwaukee Brewers avoid arbitration with Jimmy Nelson, agree to one-year dealKyle Lesniewski, BCB Brewers acquire reliever Alex Claudio in trade with Texas RangersJaymes L, BCB Milwaukee Brewers make two selections in minor league phase of Rule 5 DraftKyle Lesniewski, BCB Winter Meetings Reports Milwaukee Brewers interested in second baseman Daniel Murphy, per reportBrad Ford, BCB Milwaukee Brewers have scouted Yusei...
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Anonymous exec thinks Brewers could ‘creep into’ J.T. Realmuto trade talks

Anonymous exec thinks Brewers could ‘creep into’ J.T. Realmuto trade talks

David Stearns has been suspiciously quiet when it comes to the top catcher available on the trade market, according to one report One of the big storylines of the Winter Meetings was the pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. The latest All-Star to be put on the trade market by Miami once he started making a little money, Realmuto may be one of the 5 or so best offensive catchers in the game. Understandably, interest has been high, and understandably, so are the Marlins’ demands. The New York Mets have made it clear that they’re interested, but the Marlins have seemed reluctant to...
Brew Crew Ball Dec 13, 2018
Brewers acquire reliever Alex Claudio in trade with Texas Rangers

Brewers acquire reliever Alex Claudio in trade with Texas Rangers

The Brewers will send their competitive balance pick to Texas in exchange for the lefty reliever It took until the last day of the Winter Meetings, but David Stearns got back to slinging. The Brewers are trading their competitive balance pick in next year’s draft — the 39th pick overall — to the Texas Rangers in exchange for funky lefty Alex Claudio, according to Ken Rosenthal. #Rangers getting #Brewers’ competitive-balance pick for LHP Alex Claudio, sources say.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 13, 2018 Claudio is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and is...
Reviewing the Brew Dec 13, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers Acquire LHP Alex Claudio From Rangers

The Milwaukee Brewers have finally made a move at the end of the Winter Meetings, acquiring reliever Alex Claudio from the Texas Rangers. It’s not the blockbuster move that some fans may have wanted or predicted, but this is an effective move for GM David Stearns. The Milwaukee Brewers sent a draft pick to the […] Milwaukee Brewers Acquire LHP Alex Claudio From Rangers - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Brew Crew Ball Dec 12, 2018
Milwaukee Brewers potential Rule 5 Draft targets

Milwaukee Brewers potential Rule 5 Draft targets

They didn’t make a pick last year, but hey, they have four open spots. This year’s annual Rule 5 Draft is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the second winter under the new Rule 5 Draft rules in the most recent CBA; remember, the AA phase of the minor league portion of the draft has been eliminated and the cost for a pick in the MLB phase of the draft is now $100,000. Here is a refresher on how a player becomes eligible to be selected in the MLB portion of the draft: Players who signed at age 18 or younger (as of June 5th...
Brew Crew Ball Dec 12, 2018
Milwaukee Brewers avoid arbitration with Jimmy Nelson, agree to one-year deal

Milwaukee Brewers avoid arbitration with Jimmy Nelson, agree to one-year deal

He’ll be looking to come back from shoulder surgery. Jimmy Nelson drew a $3.7 mil salary from the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 during his first year of arbitration eligibility, and after missing the entire regular season while recovering and rehabbing from shoulder surgery, he’ll reportedly earn the same base sum in 2019: #Brewers in agreement on $3.7 million deal with Jimmy Nelson, avoiding arbitration, source tells The Athletic. @Haudricourt first on the agreement.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) December 12, 2018 Beyond the $3.7 million salary and same awards bonuses, #Brewers...
Brew Crew Ball Dec 12, 2018
Milwaukee Brewers have met with second baseman Ian Kinsler, per report

Milwaukee Brewers have met with second baseman Ian Kinsler, per report

The 36-year-old can still be a presence on a major league team The Milwaukee Brewers seem to be building a long list of candidates to fill their vacancy at second base, and you can now add on Ian Kinsler. Add free agent 2B Ian Kinsler to C Wilson Ramos as players who have met face to face with #Brewers at winter meetings.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 12, 2018 Tom Haudricourt is reporting that Kinsler is yet another player who has met in person with the Brewers. Milwaukee has stated publicly that they’d like to get a player to help at second base, one way or another. Kinsler may be...
Reviewing the Brew Dec 11, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers: Jason Kipnis, trade target

The Cleveland Indians have a second baseman they would love to flip. The Milwaukee Brewers need a player to start at second until prospect Keston Hiura is ready. Could Jason Kipnis end up with the Brewers? The Cleveland Indians sound like they want to roll with superstar Jose Ramirez at second base, and Yandy Diaz […] Milwaukee Brewers: Jason Kipnis, trade target - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Reviewing the Brew Dec 11, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers: Should Crew Try To Sign Troy Tulowitzki?

On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays shockingly released former superstar shortstop Troy Tulowitzki with two years and $30+ million remaining on his contract. He’s now a free agent. Should the Milwaukee Brewers pursue him? It’s been quite the fall from grace for Troy Tulowitzki. A superstar in his days with Colorado, he’s dealt with several […] Milwaukee Brewers: Should Crew Try To Sign Troy Tulowitzki? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Brew Crew Ball Dec 11, 2018
Report: Brewers meet with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos

Report: Brewers meet with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos

The 31-year-old All-Star would bring some much-needed offense behind the plate, but it would come at the sacrifice of defense Outside of second base, the biggest opportunity for the Brewers to make an upgrade this offseason is behind the plate. While Manny Pina and Erik Kratz have their strengths and are fine for what they are, there’s no denying that they’re limited offensively -- something that became especially apparent during the team’s longer offensive droughts in the 2018 season, when it felt like anyone hitting below 5th in the batting order was a near-automatic out. So it...
Reviewing the Brew Dec 11, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: ‘Serious Interest’ In Wilson Ramos

Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns is reported to have met free agent catcher Wilson Ramos at the 2018 Winter Meetings. Milwaukee is looking for a catcher with some offensive presence and Ramos could be the catcher that the Brewers could need. The Milwaukee Brewers are looking for a catcher that could help them out at […] Milwaukee Brewers Rumors: ‘Serious Interest’ In Wilson Ramos - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Reviewing the Brew Dec 11, 2018

Milwaukee Brewers: Is A Reunion With Will Smith Possible?

The Milwaukee Brewers will be in the market for some left-handed relief help this offseason. One possible option could be to bring back Will Smith in another trade with the Giants. Back in 2016 at the July trade deadline, the Milwaukee Brewers traded Will Smith to the San Francisco Giants for then-top Giants prospect Phil […] Milwaukee Brewers: Is A Reunion With Will Smith Possible? - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Brew Crew Ball Dec 11, 2018
Milwaukee Brewers Trade Assets: Josh Hader

Milwaukee Brewers Trade Assets: Josh Hader

No, the Brewers (probably) won’t trade Josh Hader this winter. But should they at least consider it? Let’s just be clear about this, before we get overwhelmed by all of the rumors linking the Brewers to aces again this winter: the Brewers are going to have to give up something significant to get one. Whether it’s Keston Hiura, Corbin Burnes or someone else, you aren’t getting a true Capital-A Ace without giving up something that would hurt. So why don’t we think outside the box a little bit? Forget Hiura, Burnes, Brandon Woodruff or Corey Ray. Should the Brewers consider trading...
Brew Crew Ball Dec 11, 2018
Milwaukee Brewers are open to reunions with Wade Miley, Mike Moustakas

Milwaukee Brewers are open to reunions with Wade Miley, Mike Moustakas

Both players filled key roles for the division-winning team in 2018. The Milwaukee Brewers have some needs to fill on the infield and within their pitching staff this offseason, and its possible that they could bring back some familiar names to fill those roles. According to separate reports from baseball’s Winter Meetings, the team is keeping tabs on the free agency of both Mike Moustakas and Wade Miley. Robert Murray of the Athletic, who also reported that Milwaukee was looking at second baseman Daniel Murphy, has a source who tells him that “it’s possible, but far from done” that...
Brew Crew Ball Dec 11, 2018
Teams are inquiring about trading for some of the Milwaukee Brewers depth pieces

Teams are inquiring about trading for some of the Milwaukee Brewers depth pieces

They’ve got pitchers, outfielders, and first baseman aplenty. The Milwaukee Brewers certainly won’t be sellers this winter, coming off of a 96-win season, an NL Central title, and a trip to game seven of the NLCS. But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be open to trading from positions of depth on their big league roster to shed some unneeded salary, create more roster flexibility, and potentially shore up other areas of the team. GM David Stearns told reporters that other organizations are calling the Brewers and asking about some of their players during this week’s Winter...
Dec 12, 2018
BenFred: Goldschmidt's dominance against Cubs, Brewers looms large

BenFred: Goldschmidt's dominance against Cubs, Brewers looms large

LAS VEGAS • Could it be possible that the Cardinals’ trade for perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt made a bigger splash elsewhere in the division than it did in St. Louis?
Lone Star Ball Dec 13, 2018
Rangers trade Claudio, lose Garrett, acquire Romano

Rangers trade Claudio, lose Garrett, acquire Romano

The Rangers have dealt lefthanded reliever Alex Claudio for a first round draft pick and have acquired Rule 5 pick Jordan Romano Texas Rangers transactions: Alex Claudio has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a draft pick, and pitcher (and Rule 5 pick) Jordan Romano has been acquired by the Rangers today, in a flurry of end-of-the-winter-meetings-moves. Claudio was one of the Rangers’ player development success stories...there were people clamoring for Claudio, a sidearming lefty reliever drafted in the 27th round of the 2010 draft, to be released a few years ago. But he...
SportsDay Dec 13, 2018
Rangers continue to churn toward future by dealing lefty Alex Claudio for draft pick

Rangers continue to churn toward future by dealing lefty Alex Claudio for draft pick

This is what rebuilding clubs aim to do: Buy low, sell high.In trading lefty Alex Claudio to Milwaukee Thursday morning, the Rangers finished the winter meetings by turning a one-time 27th-round draft pick who defied odds and reached the majors as a softer-than-soft tossing reliever into a top 50 overall draft pick.The Rangers finished the winter meetings by sending over-achieving lefty Alex Claudio to Milwaukee in exchange for the Brewers' competitive balance pick after the first round in next June's draft. The pick will be No. 39 overall. That pick carried a slot value of $1.834 million in...

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