Brewers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Brewers will be seeking answers at second base in off-season

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers answered a number of positional questions in their surprise breakout season of 2017. But one area where they'll head into the off-season boasting no obvious long-term answer will be second base, thanks mostly to the unexpected flameout of Jonathan Villar. "That’s a..." October 04

  • Brewers prospect Bubba Derby heroically shielded others with his body during Las Vegas shooting

    TMZ "Milwaukee Brewers minor league prospect Bubba Derby is a hero -- selflessly throwing his body over other people to shield them from bullets during the Vegas massacre ... and now he's telling his story. The 23-year-old pitcher was attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival with family and friends..." October 03

  • Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: To miss meaningful portion of 2018

    CBS Sports "Nelson (shoulder) will miss a "meaningful" portion of the 2018 season, according to general manager David Stearns, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. There is not a concrete timetable for Nelson's return form mid-September surgery to repair a his labrum. He carries a lot of risk in single-season..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Protester tased, others pepper-sprayed downtown; banner unfurled at Cardinals-Brewers game

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Protesters in Busch Stadium Friday night unfurled a banner at the Cardinals-Brewers game with a rendition of the Cardinals' mascot and the words: "Stop Killing Us." That incident was followed later by a incident between protesters and police at Broadway and Walnut, where one demonstrator was..." September 30

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Jeffress opens up on DWI, says rehab stint wasn't over substance abuse

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Journal Sentinel’s Todd Rosiak caught up with Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress to discuss his history with the team, his battles with anxiety and epilepsy and his best baseball friend, Will Smith. Jeffress, who turned 30 on Sept. 21, is 4-0 with a 3.68 earned-run average and a WHIP..." September 26

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Brewers’ Julio Mendez remains hospitalized after hit by pitch

    Hardball Talk "Brewers’ minor league infielder Julio Mendez remains in “critical but stable condition,” club GM David Stearns announced Friday. Back in August, Mendez suffered a cardiac event after he was inadvertently struck by a ball from the Angels’ Austin Krzeminksi during a game between the rookie-level..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Brewers' Nelson to undergo shoulder surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "It was already known that Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson would miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, representing a big loss. What wasn’t clear, though, was whether he’d require surgery. Now, it’s clear that Nelson will indeed go under the knife, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports..." September 16

  • Brewers Designate Yadiel Rivera For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced Friday that they’ve designated infielder Yadiel Rivera for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for right-hander Aaron Wilkerson, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Wilkerson was acquired from the Red Sox in the 2016 trade..." September 15

  • Jeremy Jeffress to make first MLB start

    Fanrag Sports "Milwaukee Brewers right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress will be making the first start of his big league career on Friday evening after totaling 263 relief appearances to begin his major league tenure, the club has formally announced. The Brewers will be taking on the Miami Marlins on Friday..." September 15

  • Brewers place Jimmy Nelson on 10-day DL

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have placed right-handed starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson on the club’s 10-day disabled list, the franchise has formally announced. Nelson is still considered to be lost for the rest of the season as he will more than likely be forced to undergo surgery on his injured right..." September 15

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Marlins move Miami weekend series to Milwaukee

    Fanrag Sports "Originally scheduled to host the Milwaukee Brewers this coming weekend, the Miami Marlins will instead be making the trip north as a result of Hurricane Irma. Due to the impact that the storm had on south Florida, the series between the Marlins and Brewers will be played at Miller Park. While..." September 13

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Brewers playing loose, acting like team to beat in NL Central

    Sporting News "If the Brewers go on to win their division, they might look back on this past weekend’s series at Wrigley Field as the catalyst for overcoming the defending World Series champion Cubs. It was a series defined on the field by dominant Milwaukee pitching. Off the field, however, it was defined by..." September 11

  • Brewers ace Jimmy Nelson will miss rest of 2017 with a shoulder injury

    CBS Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have suffered a major loss as they look to secure their first postseason berth since 2011. Staff ace Jimmy Nelson will miss the rest of the season with a rotator cuff strain and a partially torn anterior labrum in his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. It's..." September 09

  • Rangers acquire Paolo Espino from Brewers

    Hardball Talk "The Rangers acquired right-handed reliever Paolo Espino from the Brewers for cash considerations, the teams announced Saturday. Espino was designated for assignment on Wednesday to clear space on the 40-man roster for Triple-A right-hander Aaron Brooks. Espino will assume fellow right-hander..." August 27

  • Brewers Minor Leaguer Julio Mendez Suffered Cardiac Event After Hit by Pitch

    Bleacher Report "Julio Mendez, a Milwaukee Brewers minor league infielder, is in critical but stable condition after suffering a "cardiac event" after being hit by a pitch in a game Saturday. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the news." August 27

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Mets trade Neil Walker to Brewers

    New York Post "The Mets’ purge of expiring contracts continued Saturday night, when Neil Walker was on the verge of being traded to the Brewers for a player to be named later, completing a busy week for general manager Sandy Alderson. As the Mets took the field to face the Phillies, the veteran Walker was..." August 12

  • Brewers GM expects to 'pull something off' in August trade market

    MLB.com "While manager Craig Counsell and the Brewers search for their missing offense, general manager David Stearns is searching for outside help. It is a complicated proposition, starting with the fact players must be exposed to waivers before they can be traded in August. Stearns is also walking the..." August 11

  • Brewers reportedly have interest in Ian Kinsler

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are a team to keep an eye on regarding Ian Kinsler. The Detroit Tigers became sellers at the trade deadline, dealing J.D. Martinez to Arizona and then Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs. They would have liked to trade off even more pieces, like Kinsler or Justin..." August 09

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