12:25 PM EST, Tue January 21, 2020
19 hours ago
Brewers among teams interested in Pedro Strop, per report

Brewers among teams interested in Pedro Strop, per report

Photo by Quinn Harris/ Could a longtime foe soon join the Brewers’ bullpen? We’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in Phoenix, but that doesn’t mean David Stearns is done looking for improvements. With most of his attention spent trying to plug multiple holes across the diamond, it’s worth noting he hasn’t done much to address another potential question mark heading into the 2020 season — the bullpen. That may be changing, at least according to one report. Ben Nicholson-Smith from Sportsnet (and formerly MLB Trade Rumors) says the...
23 hours ago
Vegas betting lines peg Brewers for 85 wins in 2020

Vegas betting lines peg Brewers for 85 wins in 2020

Photo by George Rose/ Are you feeling lucky? We seem to be getting somewhat of a baseline of expectations for the 2020 Milwaukee Brewers, at least at the national level. After ZiPS projections pegged the Brewers for somewhere between 85 and 89 wins in the upcoming season, updated betting lines among Vegas sports books seem to be falling in the same general area. William Hill Betting is currently setting the line at 85 wins for the 2020 Brewers. That’s squarely in the middle of the league, ranking 15th in baseball and 7th in the National League, behind Los Angeles (98.5), Atlanta (92),...
Jan 20, 2020
Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: Are the Brewers cheating, ZiPS projections and where the NL Central stands

Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: Are the Brewers cheating, ZiPS projections and where the NL Central stands

Thoughts on the cheating scandal and who’s the favorite in the NL Central a month away from spring training beginning It’s been a quiet week as far as Brewers news goes, but that wasn’t the case across the rest of the league. Ryan Topp, Paul Noonan and myself talk about the Astros’ cheating scandal and the Brewers getting accused of cheating during the 2018 NLDS, as well as ZiPS projecting the Brewers to be in the running for another playoff spot and rumors about the Cardinals being interested in Nolan Arenado. You can listen here, as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and just...
Jan 20, 2020
Milwaukee Milkmen acquire jack-of-all-trades Logan Trowbridge

Milwaukee Milkmen acquire jack-of-all-trades Logan Trowbridge

He’s an OBP machine with experience at all nine positions. “Versatility” has become a buzzword in baseball these days. Finding a player who can adequately fill multiple positions while holding their own with the bat gives allows a manager to be much more flexible in how he fills out his lineup card on any given day, meaning that he can more easily plan rest days for other hitters and be extra aggressive when it comes to in-game substitutions and defensive switches. Every skipper in the game will tell you how important is it so employ a utility player on the roster. Having that “jack...
Jan 18, 2020
Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Payroll Projection: Update 3

Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Payroll Projection: Update 3

Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/ Another player added, and a couple of arbitration cases to be settled. After making their first postseason in seven years and riding a late-season hot streak that propelled them to the NLCS, the Milwaukee Brewers opened up the pocketbooks like never before heading into the 2019 season. Splashy one-year signings of Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas headlined the offseason dealings of David Stearns, and the club opened the year with a franchise-record payroll approaching $123 mil. Even more money was added to the ledger as a result of myriad trades and signings...
Jan 17, 2020
Rockies pitching coach suggests Brewers may have stolen signs during 2018 NLDS

Rockies pitching coach suggests Brewers may have stolen signs during 2018 NLDS

Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports Colorado’s pitching coach says he was suspicious about how the Brewers reacted to sliders in their sweep of the Rockies Baseball’s electronic sign stealing scandal came to a head this week, with the league’s official findings leading to the firing of a general manager and three managers. The far-reaching effects of the cheating scheme has led to questions on who else may be involved — and a level of paranoia that we haven’t seen since the years following the steroid era. The Brewers have occasionally been brought up as persons of interest this...
Jan 17, 2020
Milwaukee Brewers trade target: Robbie Ray

Milwaukee Brewers trade target: Robbie Ray

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports A potential ace or a pipe dream? The Milwaukee Brewers have been quite busy this offseason. They've lost players like Yasmani Grandal, Mike Moustakas, Eric Thames, Travis Shaw, Jimmy Nelson, and many more. They have in turn acquired a plethora of players like Luis Urias, Avisail Garcia, Omar Narvaez, Justin Smoak, and Jedd Gyorko (among others) to fill the multitude of empty roster spots. With all of the transactions completed to date, projection systems indicate a solid season from the Brew Crew. Depth seems to be the emphasis point for David Stearns as...
Jan 17, 2020
Carlos Gomez to retire, and he wants to do it with the Milwaukee Brewers

Carlos Gomez to retire, and he wants to do it with the Milwaukee Brewers

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ Gomez was one of the top players for the franchise during the past decade. After a long and successful career in Major League Baseball, outfielder Carlos Gomez is ready to hang up his cleats. The 13-year veteran is currently playing for Águilas Cibaeñas in the Dominican Winter League playoffs, and his plan is to retire following the conclusion of postseason play. According to Rolando E. Fermín, Gomez hopes to formally announce his retirement at the outset of the 2020 MLB season with the Milwaukee Brewers. El OF @RealCarlosGomez anunciará su retiro...
Jan 17, 2020
Once again, Pat Murphy could be a candidate for manager of the New York Mets

Once again, Pat Murphy could be a candidate for manager of the New York Mets

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via He was a finalist for the position back in November. The electronic sign-stealing scandal that rocked baseball this week has so far had wide-reaching consequences across three different franchises. The Houston Astros were obviously hit the hardest, losing multiple draft picks, having a hefty financial fine levied against them, and their owner dismissing manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow following the announcement of their suspensions. The Red Sox also released their manager Alex Cora, who was a coach with the Astros and heavily involved with...
Jan 15, 2020
Brewers release Spring Training schedule and game times

Brewers release Spring Training schedule and game times

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The chase for the Cactus Cup is now less than a month away The offseason is starting to wind down, and now it’s time to focus on what really matters: the Brewers’ pursuit to recapture the prestigious Cactus Cup. David Stearns has assembled a deep roster built to last a grueling month under the unforgiving March Arizona sun, and now we know the Brewers’ path to the crown, with the team releasing its Spring Training schedule. The full 2020 #CactusCrew Spring Training schedule is here! #ThisIsMyCrewGet your tickets now as availability for several...
Jan 14, 2020
Here are the contract details for Jedd Gyorko’s deal with the Brewers

Here are the contract details for Jedd Gyorko’s deal with the Brewers

Photo by Patrick Smith/ It includes an escalating option and plenty of incentives. The Milwaukee Brewers inked Jedd Gyorko to a one-year pact with a club option a few days ago, but at that time, the only details that were reported was that Gyorko will earn a $2 mil base salary in 2020. Leave it to intrepid reported Robert Murray to dig up previously unknown elements, however, as earlier this afternoon the former Athletic beat writer revealed the exact structure of Gyorko’s contract. Per Murray, Gyorko will earn at least $3 mil guaranteed from Milwaukee — a $2 mil base salary for 2020...
Jan 14, 2020
What to expect from Ryon Healy

What to expect from Ryon Healy

Photo by Elsa/ He has a potent power bat when healthy, but has underperformed the last two seasons. Stockpiling buy-low players and bounceback candidates seems to have been the modus operandi for David Stearns and the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason. The front office thus far slashed payroll while amassing a large number of guys who, if you squint at just right, could be useful contributors for the upcoming 2020 campaign. They won’t hit on all of them, to be sure, but if enough of these players come through as hoped, the Brewers should once again have a competitive (and financially...
Jan 13, 2020
ZiPS and the 2020 Milwaukee Brewers

ZiPS and the 2020 Milwaukee Brewers

Photo by Will Newton/ How does the computer-based projection system think our local big league nine with perform? Throughout the winter, Fangraphs has been releasing ZiPS projections for each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams for the 2020 season. Developed by Dan Szymborski, ZiPS is a computer-based projection system that predicts a player’s rate and advanced stats. The system doesn’t necessarily project accurate playing time, however, instead generally forecasting each player for a full-time or heavily-used bench role, including prospects that we know won’t even sniff the big...
Jan 13, 2020
Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: Gyorko signing, Hader arbitration, and Brad’s Conspiracy Corner

Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast: Gyorko signing, Hader arbitration, and Brad’s Conspiracy Corner

What does the Jedd Gyorko signing say about the Brewers’ offseason and how they’re building the roster? How does their offseason so far stack up against the rest of the division? After a quiet few weeks, David Stearns and the Brewers gave us plenty to talk about over the last week. Episode 122 (or Episode 1 of the New Era) of the Milwaukee’s Tailgate Brewers Podcast covers the Jedd Gyorko signing, the use of platoons, and where the signing fits into the Brewers’ offseason as a whole. Also covered: Craig Counsell’s extension, Josh Hader’s potentially record-breaking arbitration...
Jan 11, 2020
Milwaukee Brewers trade target: Miguel Andujar

Milwaukee Brewers trade target: Miguel Andujar

Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports Even with Sogard and Gyorko in the fold, Andujar offers a young, controllable talent that could slot into the middle of the Milwaukee lineup for years to come Based on comments made by David Stearns, the Milwaukee Brewers are likely not done trying to improve the team via player acquisition. Evidently the feeling is to get an impact player, a trade is necessary. I asked Stearns with the FA market picked over if it's more likely that a trade would be made to make further impact on roster: "I think that's a fair assessment."— Tom (@Haudricourt) January 8,...