Brewers Rumors & News

  • Brewers reportedly make an offer to Yu Darvish, one of top starters on free-agent market

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There has been speculation all winter that the Milwaukee Brewers would jump in at some point on one of the top free-agent starting pitchers, and apparently they finally decided to do so with Yu Darvish. Reports out of both Japan and the United States on Sunday indicated the Brewers made an..." January 22

  • Brewers Agree To Minor League Deal With Ernesto Frieri

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran righty Ernesto Frieri, reports’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). The former Angels closer will be invited to Major League Spring Training and vie for a spot in the bullpen. Frieri, 32, did not pitch in the Majors or..." January 18

  • MLB's Jeremy Jeffress Pleads Guilty In DWI Case

    TMZ "Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress has plead guilty in his drunk driving case -- but he's NOT going back to jail, TMZ Sports has learned. As we previously reported, Jeffress was popped on August 26, 2016 -- and during the stop, cops say he admitted to drinking 3 to 4 cups of Hennessy..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Jimmy Nelson ahead of schedule in shoulder recovery "Here's news that will not surprise anyone who has met the man or watched him hustle from task to task around the Brewers' clubhouse: Jimmy Nelson is ahead of schedule in his comeback from shoulder surgery. Way ahead of schedule. Originally slated to begin a throwing program at the start of..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Report: Brewers pursuing both Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly after a pair of All-Star free agents. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden on Monday, the Brewers are pursuing both Chicago Cubs righty Jake Arrieta and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Bowden also says that a Moustakas signing could be a..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers sign South Korean first baseman Ji-Man Choi to minor-league deal

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "According to a report out of South Korea, the Brewers have signed slugging first baseman Ji-Man Choi to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league spring training, presumably to add depth at that position. The Brewers have not made an announcement, but South Korean journalist Sung Min..." January 15

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Brewers Sign J.J. Hoover

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have announced the signing of righty J.J. Hoover to a minor-league deal. It includes an invitation to participate in MLB Spring Training as a non-roster invitee. He can earn $1.1MM in the majors with another $1.65MM available through incentives, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via..." January 10

  • Brewers release Taylor Jungmann, who will go to Japan

    Hardball Talk "The Milwaukee Brewers announced a bit ago that pitcher Taylor Jungmann has been released in order to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan. The Brewers needed to make some sort of 40-man roster move to make way for Boone Logan, who was signed today, and this was it. It’s not known which..." January 10

  • Matt Garza To Undergo Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent righty Matt Garza is set to undergo surgery for a torn right shoulder labrum, according to’s Adam McCalvy. It seems the injury was sustained in a mid-season collision that knocked Garza out of commission for a time but did not end his season. Now 34 years of age, Garza just..." January 09

  • In quiet winter for baseball industry, Brewers continue to explore personnel moves

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "In this extremely cold winter, major-league baseball’s hot stove has hardly been hot. In fact, you can’t even warm your hands over it. The dearth of industry news has impacted the Milwaukee Brewers, though they’ve been more active than many clubs. They have signed two free-agent pitchers,..." January 08

  • Brewers sign Christian Bethancourt to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers have signed catcher Christian Bethancourt to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. You may recall that Bethancourt’s old team, the Padres, tried to convert him into a pitcher with an eye toward using him as a two-way player. Made some sense in..." January 08

  • Brewers Reportedly Interested In Lorenzo Cain, Open To Trading Current Outfielders

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers possess a wealth of young MLB-ready options in the outfield, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (subscription required and recommended) that Milwaukee has nonetheless expressed interest in Lorenzo Cain, who has been a “frequent topic of conversation” for Brewers officials this..." January 04

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Brewers trade Dylan Baker to the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "Hey, a minor trade! The first (arguable) news of the new year! The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired righty Dylan Baker from the Brewers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. In other news, it would be cool if the player was actually named Cash Considerations. Someone should..." January 02

  • Brewers' Jimmy Nelson says shoulder rehab going 'about as well as it could possibly go'

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson appeared Tuesday morning on the MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show and was very upbeat about his rehab from shoulder surgery. "The rehab is going just about as well as it could possibly go, knock on wood," Nelson told show hosts Matt Vasgersian and Harold..." January 02

  • Brewers reportedly showing interest in pitcher Alex Cobb

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Cubs have been viewed as a favorite to sign Alex Cobb, but they may have some competition from a team within their division. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported on Sunday that the Milwaukee Brewers have been in touch with Cobb’s representatives. Cobb, 30, went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA..." December 31

  • Brewers to sign Boone Logan

    Hardball Talk "1Share on Facebook (Opens in new window)1Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email (Opens in new window)’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers are expected to finalize..." December 28

  • Brewers reportedly nearing a deal with free-agent right-hander Jhoulys Chacin

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to make official the return of Yovani Gallardo to the team but reportedly are nearing an agreement on a deal with another free-agent starting pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported via Twitter that the Brewers are near agreement with..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Brewers agree to deal with Gallardo

    ESPN "Right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple reports. The agreement was first reported by The Athletic. Gallardo was 5-10 with a 5.72 ERA in 28 games (22 starts) with the Seattle Mariners last season." December 16

  • Sources: Mets, Anthony Swarzak agree to deal

    Newsday "After failing to land a pair of top relief targets Tuesday, the Mets made their first move in improving their bullpen Wednesday. The Mets agreed to a deal with righthanded pitcher Anthony Swarzak on Wednesday, sources told Newsday’s Marc Carig. The deal is not yet official as Swarzak must pass..." December 13

  • Craig Counsell confirms Brewers 'want' to add ace to rotation

    Sporting News "The Brewers missed the postseason by just one game this season, and manager Craig Counsell would like to ensure they're safely in next year. Jimmy Nelson and Zach Davies developed into top-of-the-rotation options last season, but Nelson suffered a partially torn labrum in September and is..." December 12

  • Brewers' Domingo Santana reportedly drawing trade interest

    CBS Sports "Here's a nugget regarding the Brewers, who emerged as surprise contenders in 2017 ... That would be right fielder Domingo Santana. Last season, Santana enjoyed a breakout campaign, as he slashed .278/.371/.505 (126 OPS+) with 30 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 151 games. Santana's just 25..." December 09

  • Stephen Vogt agrees to $3.065M deal with Brewers

    ESPN "Catcher Stephen Vogt has agreed to a $3.065 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers to avoid salary arbitration, a baseball source told ESPN. Vogt, a two-time All-Star with the Oakland Athletics, came to Milwaukee via a waiver claim in June. He logged a .254/.281/.508 slash line with the..." December 01

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • Brewers fill final opening on 40-man roster by claiming pitcher Dylan Baker from Cleveland

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers filled the only opening on their 40-man roster Monday by claiming right-hander Dylan Baker, who barely has pitched in the minors the past three years due to a series of injuries. Baker, 25, was designated for assignment last week by the Cleveland Indians during a series of..." November 27

  • Brewers sign Michael Brady to minor league deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have officially signed right-handed pitcher Michael Brady to a minor league contract, the club formally announced on Monday morning. As a result of the newly inked pact, Brady has also received an invitation to major league spring training. While just narrowly missing out..." November 27

  • Mets still interested in bringing back Neil Walker

    New York Post "Neil Walker was traded from the Mets for a chance to play meaningful games over the final two months of last season, but now team officials are wondering if he might consider a reunion. The free-agent infielder remains high on the Mets’ list of possibilities to fill their opening at second..." November 25

  • Ryan Braun is optimistic that rebuilding Brewers will return to playoffs sooner than later

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Ryan Braun has only three years remaining on his long contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, but after the team’s surprising showing in 2017 he is optimistic about getting another shot at the playoffs before his career with the club ends. “It was a fun year, an exciting year,” said Braun, who..." November 23

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Jake Arrieta Rumored to Be Receiving Interest from Milwaukee Brewers

    Bleacher Report "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly interested in signing free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network. Per that report, "With Jimmy Nelson expected to miss a portion of 2018 after shoulder surgery, the team is looking for top-of-the-rotation..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Twins, Brewers Enter Offseason In Position To Spend

    MLB Trade Rumors "Each year, our top ranking of the top 50 free agents and their projected contracts/destinations prompts many to raise an eyebrow. In the now five years that I’ve spent contributing to that behemoth of a post, though, I’m not sure I can recall a more unpopular pick with readers than the notion that..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Reds claim Micah Johnson off waivers from the Braves

    Hardball Talk "The Reds announced on Thursday that the club claimed 2B/OF Micah Johnson off waivers from the Braves. Johnson, 26, spent most of his 2017 season with Triple-A Gwinnett. He hit .289/.377/.400 in 155 plate appearances. He wasn’t able to find that same success in his brief stint in the majors...." October 27

  • Milwaukee Brewers sign infielder Eric Sogard to 1-year contract deal

    Fox 6 Now "The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Thursday, October 26th the team has signed infielder Eric Sogard to a one-year contract. Brewers General Manager David Stearns issued the following statement on this signing: “Eric brings to the team a veteran presence who possesses the ability to play..." October 26

  • Brewers give right-hander Chase Anderson two-year contract with two option years

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Many players stepped forward during the Milwaukee Brewers’ surprising 2017 season but none more so than right-hander Chase Anderson, who became a key member of the starting rotation. The Brewers rewarded Anderson for that performance Thursday by giving him a two-year contract extension with..." October 26

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Brewers to extend protective netting at Miller Park

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers formally announced on Friday that the club has plans to “significantly” extend the protective around Miller Park. The renovations to the stadium will be completed in time for the Brewers’ 2018 regular-season home-opener, which will be played on April 2 against the Atlanta..." October 13

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