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Dec 6, 2019
Milwaukee Brewers free agent targets: Corey Dickerson

Milwaukee Brewers free agent targets: Corey Dickerson

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Underrated player who can really hit With the acquisition of Omar Narvaez, the Milwaukee Brewers found the catcher they would use to team with Manny Pina. That was one need addressed, but there are several more to go. In fact the Brewers must deal with third base as they are projected to have the worst production in baseball from that position, starting pitching, probably the bullpen, and some combination of first base and corner outfield. With discussions about Ryan Braun having greater defensive versatility, it might be easier to think about Braun at first base...
Dec 6, 2019
Trade Analysis: Brewers prevent catcher from becoming black hole in lineup, but will need defensive creativity

Trade Analysis: Brewers prevent catcher from becoming black hole in lineup, but will need defensive creativity

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Omar Narvaez should provide offensive stability, with Manny Pina and a 26th man possibily providing the defense Yasmani Grandal is one of the best overall catchers in baseball and the Brewers were never going to totally replace his production. With that in mind, David Stearns did what he could to at least get close, and focused on the half of Grandal’s game that may have needed to be replaced the most: the offensive production. David Stearns initial statement on Narvaez: “Omar has established himself as one of the best offensive catchers in the...
Dec 5, 2019
Milwaukee Brewers free agent targets: Rick Porcello

Milwaukee Brewers free agent targets: Rick Porcello

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Coming off an awful season, the for Cy Young Award winner might be a value sign and value add According to Eno Sarris, the Milwaukee Brewers are currently below league average at first base, left field, third base and in the starting rotation. With plenty of offseason in place, the Brewers have time to rectify many of these holes. There are a variety of ways a team can outplay projections. One such approach might be to sign a player coming off a bad season, but has demonstrated better performance in the past. With a huge need in the starting rotation,...
Dec 5, 2019
This offseason, David Stearns is taking his greatest risk yet

This offseason, David Stearns is taking his greatest risk yet

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Stearns has never been afraid to be unconventional. Now he’s taking that boldness to the next level. If there is anything that we have learned about David Stearns as the top executive of the Milwaukee Brewers, it’s that he is not afraid to make moves that are risky and don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense at first. In January 2018, he swung a blockbuster trade to acquire Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins. While it came at the cost of top prospect Lewis Brinson, an outfield of Ryan Braun, Yelich, and Domingo Santana — who was coming off of...
Dec 5, 2019
Milwaukee Milkmen swing trade for Frontier League All-Star Aaron Hill

Milwaukee Milkmen swing trade for Frontier League All-Star Aaron Hill

Another potential impact bat for the 2020 lineup. The most notable news around one of the Cream City’s professional baseball teams so far this offseason has been a drastic reduction of payroll and a lack of substantive rumors as to how they’ll reallocate those funds. But if you are dissatisfied with what the Brewers have been doing lately, perhaps you ought to consider checking out the moves that Milwaukee’s “udder” pro ball club has been making this winter. NEW PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT We traded Jose Rosario for Aaron Hill from the Lake Erie Crushers. Hill won 2018 Frontier League...
Dec 5, 2019
Milwaukee Brewers to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez from Seattle, per report

Milwaukee Brewers to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez from Seattle, per report

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports He's a very defensively challenged backstop. David Stearns is apparently an early riser, as a report emerged before the sun came out in Milwaukee this morning that the Brewers are set to acquire catcher Omar Narvaez in a trade with the Seattle Mariners: The #Brewers have found their primary replacement for Yasmani Grandal. They are close to acquiring catcher Omar Narváez from the #Mariners, a source tells The Athletic. M’s would receive at least one minor leaguer in return.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2019 After losing Yasmani...
Dec 4, 2019
Craig Counsell named 2019 Manager of the Year by Baseball America

Craig Counsell named 2019 Manager of the Year by Baseball America

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ At least someone got it right! Milwaukee Brewers skipper Craig Counsell is your Baseball America 2019 Manager of the Year! Congratulation to @Brewers skipper Craig Counsell. He is our 2019 MLB Manager of the Year https://t.co/JT6bkZ9bpv pic.twitter.com/RKKIxQ3N4m— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) December 4, 2019 The site credits Counsell’s savvy usage of his expanded roster for taking their managerial award. When rosters expanded, CC guided his team on an unbelievable hot streak that landed them back in the playoffs, even without the reigning MVP....
Dec 4, 2019
Milwaukee Brewers receive fourth pick in Competitive Balance Round B for 2020 MLB Draft

Milwaukee Brewers receive fourth pick in Competitive Balance Round B for 2020 MLB Draft

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Pittsburgh and St. Louis received picks in round A while Cincinnati received a pick just after the Brewers in round B Competitive Balance Rounds have been set, and the Milwaukee Brewers received the fourth pick in Competitive Balance Round B. That pick will take place between the second and third rounds of the draft while round A is between the first and second rounds. According to MLB.com, Major League Baseball uses a formula that combines revenue, winning percentage, and market score to award draft picks to the teams that fall into the bottom 10 in...
Dec 4, 2019
Milwaukee Brewers sign Justin Grimm to minor league contract with invitation to Spring Training

Milwaukee Brewers sign Justin Grimm to minor league contract with invitation to Spring Training

Photo by Ed Zurga/ He’s a veteran with parts of seven seasons pitched in the big leagues. With several hurlers leaving the organization via free agency or non-tender so far this winter, the upper-level pitching depth for the Milwaukee Brewers could be considered dangerously thin, at least at this point in the offseason. The club made a small move to try and help rectify that situation earlier this afternoon, announcing a minor league pact with veteran right-hander Justin Grimm. The deal includes an invitation to big league camp in Spring Training. RHP Justin Grimm has been signed to...
Dec 4, 2019
Baseball America releases Milwaukee Brewers top-10 prospect list for 2020

Baseball America releases Milwaukee Brewers top-10 prospect list for 2020

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/ Things don’t look great down on the farm right now. Baseball’s offseason is not only a time of rumors and transactions, but it is also the season of renewed top prospect lists. Earlier today, Baseball America — led by local correspondent Tom Haudricourt — released their top-10 list for 2020: SS Bryce Turang (55 overall grade on 20-80 scouting scale — high risk) OF Tristen Lutz (55 — high risk) RHP Zack Brown (50 — medium risk) OF Corey Ray (45 — medium risk) LHP Ethan Small (50 — high risk) LHP Aaron Ashby (50 — high risk) C Mario Feliciano...
Dec 3, 2019
New York Mets are one of many teams interested in Josh Hader, per report

New York Mets are one of many teams interested in Josh Hader, per report

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via He is, of course, one of the best relievers in baseball. The Milwaukee Brewers are in the midst of a near total re-imagining of their roster, and according to various reports, the only player who can be safely expected to return to the Cream City next season at this point is Christian Yelich. The team is reportedly expected to trim down payroll from last season, so with somewhat limited funds available and a farm system that ranks near at or near the bottom of the league, dealing away players from the current big league roster may the most realistic...
Dec 3, 2019
Brewers could find value in other teams’ non-tendered players

Brewers could find value in other teams’ non-tendered players

Could C.J. Cron be a quick source of power at first base for the Brewers? | Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Non-tendered players have warts by definition, but the Brewers could find valuable depth among players that were cut loose by other teams The Brewers led all of baseball by non-tendering five players before Monday’s deadline, cutting a bunch of payroll that they may or may not use all of in the coming months. Those moves also freed up a slew of 40-man roster spots and created some very clear areas of need. Of course, the Brewers weren’t the only team to non-tender quality...
Dec 3, 2019
Lorenzo Cain, Keston Hiura, Josh Hader, and every other Brewers player not named Christian Yelich available for trade

Lorenzo Cain, Keston Hiura, Josh Hader, and every other Brewers player not named Christian Yelich available for trade

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Reports indicate Milwaukee’s openness to discuss trading an aging Cain and others Jeff Passan recently published an article on ESPN.com regarding players that will, should be, or could be traded this offseason. Along with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets, the Milwaukee Brewers were highlighted under the sub-heading, “We’ve Discussed Pretty Much Everyone, So Might As Well.” Mookie. Lindor. Nolan. Hader. Cain. Story. KB. Whit. Kluber. Duffy. Ray. Joc. With the tender deadline past and free agency starting...
Dec 2, 2019
Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Payroll Projection: Update 1

Milwaukee Brewers 2020 Payroll Projection: Update 1

Photo by Joe Robbins/ More money is shaved off the payroll on the non-tender deadline. 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 during the...
Dec 2, 2019
Report indicates Brewers plan on cutting payroll in 2020, but David Stearns says team will remain competitive

Report indicates Brewers plan on cutting payroll in 2020, but David Stearns says team will remain competitive

Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports Brewers plan to once again be in contention for the playoffs next season. The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly set out to cut payroll in 2020, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Milwaukee #Brewers, who are planning to cut payroll, led all #MLB with five non-tenders, followed by the #SFGiants and #Royals.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 3, 2019 Nightengale followed up his tweet by writing shortly after that that rival executives indicated the Milwaukee Brewers would be operating at a reduced payroll in 2020. The #Brewers...