Brewers Rumors & News

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Left field: Ryan Braun will see if versatility can help ease Brewers' outfield logjam

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Entering his 12th season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Ryan Braun is embarking on a spring training like no other during his career. “I don’t expect it to be easy by any means. I expect it to be challenging,” Braun said. After starting in left field for eight of the last 10 seasons, the..." February 21

  • Brewers' Broxton: 'I can't say I'm happy' about outfield additions

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "It’s safe to say that Keon Broxton was shocked when he heard the Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain within a couple of hours on Jan. 25. Broxton certainly wasn’t pleased about what those moves meant for him. As the incumbent centerfielder, it wasn’t good..." February 17

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Brewers Sign Nick Franklin To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced that they’ve signed infielder/outfielder Nick Franklin to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. He’s represented by the Boras Corporation. Franklin, 27 in two weeks, was with the Rays last spring but went to the Brewers on waivers in..." February 15

  • Why haven't the Cardinals or Brewers signed Jake Arrieta already?

    Chicago Tribune "Unless Jake Arrieta pulls a Dexter Fowler for one more year, the Cubs said goodbye to their former ace when they gave Yu Darvish a six-year, $126 million hello. I still expect Arrieta to get paid, maybe not as much as Darvish, but still some kind of generational money. The question is why..." February 15

  • Brewers sign veteran left-hander Wade Miley to minor-league deal with invitation to camp

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Brewers added another arm to the mix of candidates for the back of their rotation Wednesday night by signing veteran left-hander Wade Miley to a minor-league deal with an invitation to their spring camp, which opens Thursday. The deal, first reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, gives..." February 15

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Brewers adjust search after Cubs snare Darvish "The Brewers didn't land Yu Darvish, but perhaps his move to the Cubs will help move the rest of the pitching market. According to multiple reports Saturday, the Chicago Cubs were in agreement with Darvish on a six-year, $126 million contract pending a physical exam. The Cubs didn't immediately..." February 10

  • Brewers apparently don't want Cubs fans to buy tickets from them

    CBS Sports "Because the Cubs have lots of fans and because the northern Chicago suburbs pretty much stretch to Wisconsin, you get a lot of Cubs rooters in the stands when the Brewers host the Cubs at Miller Park. So much is this the case that Miller Park on such occasions is informally known as "Wrigley..." February 09

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Milwaukee Brewers payroll up 50% and it may rise more

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Much has been made of the money teams aren’t spending during this unusual off-season of inactivity, but the Milwaukee Brewers are on track to increase their payroll by more than 50% from last season. And it could go higher. Of course, it’s not difficult to bump payroll higher when you were..." February 05

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • Brewers in contact with Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb

    Yardbarker "The Milwaukee Brewers’ big offseason may be far from complete. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Thursday that the Brewers have been in contact with top free agent right-handers Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb. It has already been a winter to remember for Milwaukee, as they acquired a pair..." February 02

  • Brewers trade catcher Andrew Susac to the Orioles

    Hardball Talk "Y’all wonder why all the posts around here lately are about labor unrest and pace of play. Well, it’s because this is the sort of thing that passes for baseball news these days: the Orioles just announced that they have acquired C Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for a player to..." February 02

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Will Brewers land one — or more — of top FA pitchers?

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers improved their lineup, and they are now working hard on their rotation – hard enough that they seem determined to land at least one of the “big four” starters on the free-agent market. It will be a surprise if they do not. And here’s an interesting question: Is it possible..." February 01

  • Brewers Recently Contacted Rays About Chris Archer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Seeking an upgrade for the front of their rotation, the Brewers recently circled back with the Rays to inquire on the availability of Chris Archer, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). A deal appears unlikely, though, Rosenthal adds, as Tampa Bay may not hold Domingo Santana or..." February 01

  • Brewers strongly in mix for Yu Darvish

    Fanrag Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are in discussions with free agent starting pitcher Yu Darvish and appear to be very much in the mix, sources tell FanRag Sports. There is no evidence to suggest a deal is close at this time. People throughout the league suggest that the Brewers have been one of the..." January 31

  • Marlins felt urgency to trade Yelich, believed he'd sour clubhouse

    Miami Herald "▪ The Marlins felt more urgency to trade Christian Yelich than J.T. Realmuto, who also has asked for a trade, because they believed Yelich could become a sour presence in the clubhouse if he wasn’t traded, according to someone with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking. Yelich was dealt to..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Cubs fans shouldn't be too worried about the Brewers...yet

    NBC Sports Chicago "While the rest of baseball continues to spend the winter chilling, the Milwaukee Brewers have turned up. The Brew Crew made waves earlier in the week with reports they were linked to Yu Darvish and then Christian Yelich. Sure enough, the Yelich rumor was true and Milwaukee acquired the..." January 29

  • Brewers Agree To Terms With Matt Albers

    MLB Trade Rumors "12:02pm: Nicholson-Smith tweets that Albers will have a $2.5MM base salary in each season of the contract, and his incentives begin kicking in with his 35th appearance. He’d max out his incentives by appearing in 65 games in each season of the contract. 11:50am: The Brewers and free agent..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Brewers owner says team can afford to add a top free-agent starter

    CBS Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are having fun this week. On Thursday, they signed Lorenzo Cain and traded a prospect bundle for Christian Yelich to boost their chances of topping the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. On Sunday, their owner suggested another splash -- this time in the form of a..." January 28

  • Brewers list rotation 'locks,' expect Jimmy Nelson back by June

    Sporting News "The Brewers heated up the MLB hot stove last week by acquiring outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain to an already deep lineup. With spring training less than three weeks away, Milwaukee is moving on to its developing rotation. Ace Jimmy Nelson suffered a serious labrum tear last..." January 28

  • Ryan Braun is willing to play wherever the Brewers want him, including second base

    CBS Sports "Last week, the Milwaukee Brewers did something very few teams have done this offseason: They got better. The Brewers traded a four-prospect package for Christian Yelich, then signed Lorenzo Cain to a five-year contract. The Brew Crew added two impact players within an hour of each other. The..." January 28

  • Brewers GM says team has talked to Ryan Braun about moving to first base

    Larry Brown Sports "The big-name arrivals this week of Christian Yelich (via trade) and Lorenzo Cain (via free agency) could mean some major lineup shuffling for the Milwaukee Brewers next season. Brewers general manager David Stearns said on Friday that the team has spoken to former National League MVP outfielder..." January 26

  • Cain's return home to Crew 'meaningful' ""Still looks good," a smiling Lorenzo Cain said as he pulled on a Brewers jersey for the first time in more than seven years. And with that, the memories flooded back. Cain and his original team finalized a reunion Friday with a five-year pact that guarantees $80 million, a Brewers record for a..." January 26

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Brewers are still well-positioned to address pitching by trading outfielders

    CBS Sports "The Brewers appear to be ready to take some steps forward from barely missing the playoffs in 2017. Thursday night, they kicked the offseason into gear by trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain. Alongside Ryan Braun, that's an outstanding offensive and defensive outfield. Of..." January 26

  • Brewers sign CF Lorenzo Cain to further bolster outfield

    ESPN "Free-agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain has reached agreement on a five-year, $80 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, a baseball source told ESPN on Thursday. Cain has passed his physical, the source said, and the Brewers likely will formally introduce him on Friday. The deal comes on the..." January 25

  • Marlins trade Christian Yelich to Brewers for prospects

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The deconstruction of the best outfield in baseball in 2017 is complete. The Miami Marlins traded center fielder Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday for four minor leaguers: outfielder Lewis Brinson, considered among the top prospects in the game, plus middle infielder Isan..." January 25

  • Brewers P Zach Davies says he broke phone celebrating team’s moves

    Yardbarker "Zach Davies was so excited about a move made by his team that he will now be needing a new cell phone. On Thursday, the Brewers acquired Christian Yelich from the Marlins in exchange for four prospects as Miami continues to tear down its roster. While the news surely made many Brewers fans..." January 25

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Brewers put together trade offer for Miami outfielder Christian Yelich

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers would seem to have a lot of oars in the water these days. Two days after reports surfaced that the Brewers made an offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, word came that they had put together a trade proposal for Miami outfielder Christian Yelich. That report came in..." January 23

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • 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

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