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Kyle Lesniewski

Travis Shaw open to extension with Milwaukee Brewers, but no talks are occurring at present

The left-handed slugger wants to stay in the Menomonee Valley.

The state of labor relations in Major League Baseball is tenuous at best these days. We have seen players become increasingly vocal about their displeasure regarding the “broken process” of free agency this winter, including high-profile veterans like Adam Wainwright and Justin Verlander. But while the “like-minded” thinking across front offices that has driven down free agent spending the past two years has incensed...

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Four teams reportedly in mix for Mike Moustakas

The latest rumblings from Jon Heyman of MLB Network… The Angels are among a handful of teams in on free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, joining the previously reported Brewers-Padres-Phillies trio, Heyman tweets. This is the second straight offseason in which the Angels have shown interest in Moustakas, a Los Angeles native who, per Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, turned down a three-year, $45 million offer from the Halos last winter. Agent Scott Boras denied that, but...

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Jaymes L

Hernan Perez played through a wrist bone chip in 2018, now fully healthy

There may be a good reason Hernan did less Hammerin’ last year

For three years now, Hernan Perez has essentially been Craig Counsell’s “sixth man” — never a true starter, but filling in enough that he basically gets a low-end starter-level number of at-bats.

That changed a bit in 2018, when he only saw 334 plate appearances in 132 games — down from a career-high 458 in 136 games the year before. Part of that was the midseason acquisition of Mike Moustakas cutting into his playing...

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Angels reportedly sign Dan Jennings to minor league deal

The Angels have agreed to a deal with lefty Dan Jennings, according to Robert Murray and Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. It’s said to be a minor league deal with a camp invitation. Jennings was non-tendered by the Brewers at the outset of the winter. He had projected to earn a $1.6M salary but was instead kicked back to the open market. Now, he’ll have to earn his way into the Halos’ relief unit. The 31-year-old southpaw, who’s just one MLB service day shy of reaching his sixth full...

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Kyle Lesniewski

Milwaukee Brewers sign Jay Jackson to minor league deal

He’ll get a chance to compete for a spot in the bullpen as he attempts to return from Japan.

Pitchers and catchers have already reported to AmFam Fields of Phoenix for Spring Training with the Milwaukee Brewers, but there will soon be another hurler joining the group of non-roster invitees vying for a spot with the team when they head north to begin the regular season. Earlier today, the club announced a minor league deal with right-handed reliever Jay Jackson:

RHP Jay Jackson has been...

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Brad Ford

MiLB.com ranks the Brewers’ farm system 15th in baseball

Milwaukee barely makes it into the top half of baseball

MiLB.com has put the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system in the top-half of baseball, but just barely.

According to the website, the Crew have the 15th-best pipeline of its competing MLB teams. A lot of this ranking is carried by super prospect Keston Hiura. Still, MiLB.com takes time to see the benefits that are happening throughout the farm system.

The site points out that Ray and Dubon are right beside Hiura as players who can have a...

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Brad Ford

Milwaukee Brewers plummet 20 spots in the Baseball America organizational talent rankings

The Crew is back in the 20’s for the first time since 2015

Baseball America has released its 2019 MLB organization talent rankings, and the outcome doesn’t bode well for the Milwaukee Brewers. The publisher ranked Milwaukee at 26th overall, well down from the 6th place position they held to start 2018.

The decline has two predominant causes: trades and graduations. Many of the players that helped propel the Milwaukee Nine’s system are gone. Whether it was Brandon Woodruff and Freddy...

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David Gibson

American Family to pay twice as much as MillerCoors for naming rights of Milwaukee stadium

Brewers will be getting about $4 mil per year from AmFam.

Miller Park is as aptly named a ballpark as there is in MLB. When the Milwaukee Brewers organization agreed that American Family Insurance would take over naming rights in 2021 of what was/is Miller Park, the emotional response was intense. The anger and frustration from the Brewers’ fan base comes from what will amount to a 20 year relationship with Miller Brewing Company who was once headquartered in Milwaukee and employed a...

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Jaymes L

Manny Pina to begin Spring Training as Brewers #2 catcher

Erik Kratz may find himself on the outside looking in when it comes to making the Brewers roster

There hasn’t been a question on who will be the Brewers’ starting catcher when the team breaks camp since the day they signed Yasmani Grandal. Who ends up being the second catcher on the roster, however, was a different story.

On the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers, it looks like last year’s primary starter currently holds that spot. Speaking to reporters today, manager...

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Milwaukee Brewers granted fourth option for Adrian Houser

Houser can be sent to and from the minors for one more year.

One of the players who entered spring in a critical position was Adrian Houser. With his three option years gone, he was facing a position where he would have to make the roster or be exposed to waivers. Some of that stress has been lifted now. Today, Adam McCalvy reported that the Brewers have been granted a fourth option year for Adrian Houser, allowing him to be sent to and from the minors for one more year.

All major league...

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Brad Ford

Three Brewers prospects land on the FanGraphs’ top-132 prospects

Hiura, Lutz and Ray make the list out of the Brewers’ farm

FanGraphs has released its top-132 prospects for the 2019 season and three Milwaukee Brewers farmhands have landed on the list. We’re breaking down the lucky Brewers, their tool grades and summarizing just how FanGraphs feels about the players coming out of the lower levels of the Menomonee Valley.

13. Keston Hiura, 2B

Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit 50/60 | Game Power 45/60 | Run 45/45 | Fielding 45/50 | Throw 45/45

In at 13...

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Brad Ford

ESPN releases top-15 Milwaukee Brewers prospects list

Who are the 13 prospects not listed on their top 100?

ESPN’s senior baseball writer Keith Law has finished his deep dive into each team’s farm system. Aside from Keston Hiura and Zack Brown — who made the top-100 prospects — Law takes a look at 13 other prospects within the Cream City Nine’s once deep pipeline.

The top 15 are as follows:

Keston Hiura, 2B Zack Brown, RHP Tristen Lutz, OF Corey Ray, OF Brice Turang, SS Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B Lucas Erceg, 3B Mario Feliciano, C Adrian...

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David Gibson

What to expect from Josh Tomlin

He was terrorized by the long ball in 2018, but the Brewers are hoping Tomlin is a candidate for another Miley-esque resurgence.

Milwaukee signed Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Let’s be honest, Josh Tomlin was awful in 2018. When you look at his numbers, it begs the question, “what is David Stearns thinking?”

Don’t take my word for it. Look at the numbers. In 2018, he gave up 25 home runs. That is a high number, but not crazy, right?...

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Cory Spangenberg could be poised for a breakout season in 2019

Tailoring his approach to his new home ballpark could help Spangenberg make good on his potential.

Spring training is officially under way, and the Brewers have not yet made a splashy upgrade to their infield. Rumors persist regarding a possible reunion with Mike Moustakas, which would force Travis Shaw back to second base. But, as of now, Shaw is slated to return to his natural position at third base while a platoon of Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez handle duties at the keystone. The...

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Brad Ford

Milwaukee Brewers offer another presale for Wisconsin residents for Cubs games

The regional promotion returns for a second year

Get ready to buy your tickets to Chicago Cubs games at Miller Park! Once again, the Milwaukee Brewers are hoping to bring more fans of the Milwaukee Nine to the field than Cubs fans with a special presale promotion.

Any claims that this presale is an attempt to prevent Cubs fans from getting Brewers tickets are… well, pretty accurate, actually.

The presale begins tomorrow at 9am CT. Details: https://t.co/qJjhicT3OY...

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Brewers pay respects to slain Milwaukee police officer

It’s a time for new beginnings and renewed hope around the baseball world as MLB teams converge on Florida and Arizona for the start of spring training. One of these teams, the Milwaukee Brewers, reported to camp on Wednesday. The Brewers paid their respects to slain Milwaukee police officer Matthew Rittner. A husband and a father of a young son, 35-year-old Rittner was shot and killed February 6. As the entire city paid its respects to Rittner on Wednesday, the Brewers did what they could...

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Pitchers and Catchers Report: Expectations remain high for the Milwaukee Brewers heading into 2019

Coming off of a postseason run in 2018, how will the Brewers follow it up?

While expectations were high going into the 2018 season, not many were prepared for the run that the Brewers were about to make. In fact, it didn’t look like the run was going to happen. At 76-61 and 5 games back in the division at the start of September, the Brewers were trending downward rather than up. A wild card berth looked like the only way into the postseason, and the Brewers were reinforcing the roster with...

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David Gibson

Pitchers and Catchers Report: Former Brewers with new homes

Old friends in new places.

As pitchers and catchers report to the newly renovated confines of American Family Fields of Phoenix, it is exciting to think about the potential of the 2019 season to come. Who will emerge to heights not known before? Who will be the stars that carry the team? Who will struggle and be a source of frustration? What will be the moments that become legend in Brewers’ lore?

The 2019 season is on the horizon, and it shows exciting promise. However, before we get into...

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Brad Ford

Pitchers and Catchers Report: Milwaukee Brewers non-roster invitees

Who will be fighting to make the 40-man in Airzona?

Happy baseball day! Continuing our Pitchers and Catchers Report series, we’re taking a look at all of the non-roster invitees playing with the Milwaukee Brewers at the American Family Fields in Phoenix. In total, the Brewers will be joined by 14 players, ranging from veterans trying to make the roster and farm players.

The Crew is bringing seven pitchers, two catchers, four infielders and an outfielder. Let’s take a moment to get to...

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Jaymes L

Pitchers and Catchers Report: Milwaukee Brewers 2018-2019 Offseason in Review

Another winter, another surprise addition in an otherwise quiet offseason

October

CF Tyrone Taylor added to 40-man roster
RHP Joakim Soria declines mutual option, becomes free agent
3B Mike Moustakas declines mutual option, becomes free agent

November

RHP Jimmy Nelson activated from 60-day disabled list
LHP Brent Suter activated from 60-day disabled list
C Stephen Vogt elected free agency
RHP Breiner Carvajal signed to minor league contract
LHP Angel Perdomo signed to minor league contract
LF Troy...

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