Brewers Rumors & News

  • Ryan Braun leaves Brewers’ game with back tightness

    Yardbarker "Ryan Braun left Saturday’s Milwaukee Brewers game against the New York Mets with back tightness. Braun singled in the top of the fifth and stole a base. He was then replaced in the bottom of the inning by Hernan Perez. The Brewers later announced that Braun exited due to back tightness." April 15

  • Brewers outright J.J. Hoover

    Yardbarker "Veteran reliever J.J. Hoover is staying with the Brewers after being designated for assignment earlier this week, per Adam McCalvy of (Twitter link). The 30-year-old right-hander will head to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Hoover, whom the Brewers added on a minor league pact in January,..." April 15

  • Why MLB will continue to have bench-clearing brawls

    USA Today "Major League Baseball issued suspensions and fines for Wednesday’s bench-clearing brawl between the Red Sox and Yankees, with Boston pitcher Joe Kelly and New York first baseman Tyler Austin getting banished six and five games, respectively. Soon to follow will be discipline for the Rockies vs...." April 13

  • MLB batters getting hit by pitches at a historic rate - and tensions are high

    USA Today "Major league pitchers are placing batters on notice: Beware of the inside pitch. The regular season is only two weeks old and already 149 batters -- or 0.42 per game -- have been plunked. It's certainly very early, but that rate is 17% higher than 2017's full-season rate and would be the..." April 12

  • Brewers Designate J.J. Hoover

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have designated righty J.J. Hoover for assignment, per a club announcement. Milwaukee cleared another roster spot by optioning outfielder Brett Phillips. These departures will make way for the addition of two new righties to the active roster. Junior Guerra and Jorge Lopez are both..." April 11

  • MLB Could Be on the Verge of More Insane and Drastic Rule Changes Based on Leaked Document

    12 Up "So far, several of these have come true. So why not the rest? We've already seen Major League Baseball implement​ rule changes to better the pace-of-play, both at the big league and minor league level. There's a pitch clock in the ​minors -- and we'll probably be seeing that ​in the bigs in..." April 11

  • MLB's African-American population regains lost ground; can growth continue?

    USA Today "It’s certainly not worth celebrating, but Major League Baseball has at least made back the loss of African American players that a year ago resulted in a historic low. The African-American population increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago, on Major League Baseball’s opening-day day rosters..." April 11

  • Baseball Team Values 2018 "This is the 21st rendition of our MLB valuations. The New York Yankees have been baseball's most valuable team (worth $4.0 billion) every year. Short explanation: The Bronx Bombers generate by far the most revenue--$619 million last season. The value of the Yankees has compounded annually at..." April 11

  • Milwaukee TV reporter arrested after fight at Brewers-Cubs game

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "A Milwaukee TV reporter is facing possible felony charges after police say he punched another reporter during a personal argument at the Brewers game on Friday. Adair "A.J." Bayatpour, 32, of WITI-TV (Channel 6) was arrested on charges of substantial battery. The matter is set for review by..." April 10

  • Is the expanded safety netting ruining MLB?

    Michigan Live "As MLB swings into action, expanded safety netting has greeted fans on the lower levels. A child was hospitalized last season after being struck by a line-drive foul ball, bringing about the expansion of the protective netting. Expanding the net ensures the safety of the fans. Critics think the..." April 09

  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Hits DL with oblique injury

    CBS Sports "Yelich was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday due to his right oblique injury. Yelich's condition is slowly improving, but having already missed four consecutive games, the Brewers felt it was in their best interest to place him on the disabled list in order to open up an additional..." April 08

  • Brewers' Corey Knebel: Out at least six weeks

    Sporting News "Brewers All-Star closer Corey Knebel will be out a minimum of six weeks after he sustained a hamstring injury Thursday in the Brewers' matchup with the Cubs, according to Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. The hard-throwing right-hander's left leg buckled after a ninth-inning pitch to Tommy La..." April 06

  • Brewers lose closer Corey Knebel to hamstring injury during blowout loss

    CBS Sports "Losing 8-0 (box score) to the Chicago Cubs on Thursday was only the second worst part of the night for the Milwaukee Brewers. Corey Knebel, Milwaukee's All-Star closer, suffered a potentially serious looking hamstring injury while getting some work in during the blowout loss. He collapsed..." April 06

  • Will fans embrace MLB games only available on Facebook?

    Awful Announcing "We are now in an era where Facebook gets an exclusive MLB game each week. By exclusive, it means the game won’t be on television and there will not be a local feed. Overall, 25 games will be streamed on the social media service. We discussed the development last month when the deal was..." April 05

  • Christian Yelich dealing with oblique injury

    Hardball Talk "Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich is dealing with a right oblique injury,’s Adam McCalvy reports. Yelich left Wednesday night’s game against the Cardinals after six innings. The Brewers face the Cubs on Thursday, who will start Jon Lester, so Yelich will have the day off, McCalvy adds. " April 05

  • Why Major League Baseball is '90% mental' now more than ever

    USA Today "They’re the ones nobody ever sees. They’re not introduced in the opening-day pageantry. They don’t wear uniforms. They don’t have lockers in the clubhouse. Some even have weird titles, just to protect their anonymity. Yet, behind the scenes, there are proving as invaluable as any staff..." April 03

  • Twitter will again stream an MLB game for free each week

    Awful Announcing "For the second straight year, Twitter will stream one Major League Baseball game per week, available for free with a Twitter login. The games will reportedly stream on weekday afternoons, beginning Thursday with Rangers-Athletics at 3:35 p.m. ET. That matchup will be followed by Rays-White Sox..." April 03

  • MLB Players Ready for Fight to Stop 'Half the League' from Not Trying to Win

    Bleacher Report "Oatmeal nearly gone, bacon in hand and another meeting stuffed with pointed questions behind him, the Apple Watch wrapping Tony Clark's wrist beeped with a message: "Time to stand." The late-morning breakfast conversation here in a booth of the swanky hotel restaurant paused as the Major League..." April 03

  • Super-sized bullpens might help teams win, but they make baseball less exciting

    Sporting News "Commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to be appealing to younger people. He wants the game to be brisker for a generation raised on immediacy and social media. He’s gone on a crusade to address the sport’s pace of play. Even if the game is shorter, though, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s..." April 02

  • Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain setting the tone in Brewers' lineup

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Ryan Braun, who knows a thing or two about hitting, marvels at the mechanics of Christian Yelich’s batting stroke. “It’s such a pretty swing. That’s the swing you want to teach every kid who wants to play baseball,” said the Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder/first baseman, a hitting savant since..." April 02

  • Brewers GM thought rumored Kemp-for-Braun swap was early April Fool's joke

    Wisconsin State Journal "Before Saturday’s game, Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns broke his own policy to shoot down the latest rumblings about a Ryan Braun-for-Matt Kemp swap between his team and the Dodgers. “You guys know my policy, I don’t like commenting on this type of stuff. But given that I don’t..." April 01

  • Dodgers, Brewers discussing Kemp-Braun trade

    Yardbarker "The first major trade of the Major League Baseball season could reportedly come quite early. According to Michael J. Duarte of NBC Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Dodgers are discussing a trade that would send Matt Kemp and prospects to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Ryan Braun. This is..." March 31

  • Report: Brewers, Dan Jennings agree to deal

    The Score "The Milwaukee Brewers added to their bullpen on the eve of Opening Day, agreeing to a deal with left-hander Dan Jennings, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The contract is pending a physical. Jennings, 30, was released by the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday after failing to make the 25-man..." March 29

  • Report: Some players, agents 'agitating' to remove Clark as MLBPA head

    The Score "Opening Day is just around the corner, but baseball's slow offseason and stagnant free-agent market have left many players frustrated by their union. And for some, that frustration has apparently boiled over. With a number of veterans still unemployed, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." March 27

  • For Brewers, player surplus means start of season will 'suck for a couple of guys'

    USA Today "Two months have passed since that extraordinary winter day in Milwaukee. Two months since the Brewers invested more than $120 million in two outfielders with the signing of free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain and acquisition of left fielder Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins. Two..." March 27

  • Surprising Ji-Man Choi has turned heads with his hitting, personality

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers don't hand out a "Most Surprising Player" award at the end of spring training. But if such an honor existed, the likely winner for 2018 would be Ji-Man Choi. Signed as a minor-league free agent Jan. 15, the 26-year-old first baseman-outfielder came into Sunday's Cactus..." March 26

  • Brewers opt not to keep Gallardo; Broxton, Phillips, Guerra optioned

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "There will be no second time around with the Milwaukee Brewers for Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo’s bid to rejoin the club with which he began his career ended Saturday when he was told he would not make the big-league roster. The 32-year-old right-hander, the Brewers’ all-time strikeout leader, was..." March 24

  • Brewers' Counsell confirms Braun will start Opening Day at 1st base

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Experimentation is about to turn into implementation. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell confirmed Friday that Ryan Braun will indeed serve as the primary starter at first base when the team faces left-handed pitching this season. "It's a go," Counsell said. That means that with the..." March 23

  • Wade Miley Diagnosed With Slight Groin Tear, Boone Logan With Triceps Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Two Brewers lefties have learned more about their injury situations, as’s Adam McCalvy reports (Twitter links). Rotation candidate Wade Miley has been diagnosed with a slight groin tear, while reliever Boone Logan has a mild triceps strain. There’s more than just an injury at play for..." March 22

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Wade Miley exits spring start with groin strain

    Hardball Talk "Attempting to make a play on a bunt during Wednesday’s split-squad game against the Athletics, Brewers starter Wade Miley suffered a strained left groin, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Miley will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury. On the afternoon,..." March 21

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Brewers C Stephen Vogt not expected back for Opening Day

    ESPN "The Brewers are not expected to have catcher Stephen Vogt for Opening Day after a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder revealed a strained capsule. Vogt, 33, will be shut down indefinitely." March 14

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Brewers granted extra option for Junior Guerra

    Hardball Talk "Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra was told by his agent that his team was granted an extra option because he didn’t have enough full minor league seasons under his belt. For the uninitiated, an option allows a team to send a player down to..." March 12

  • Chase Anderson to start Opening Day for Brewers

    Hardball Talk "’s Adam McCalvy reports that Chase Anderson will start on Opening Day for the Brewers, March 29 in San Diego against the Padres. Anderson will be the fifth different pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Brewers in as many years. Anderson, 30, had a terrific 2017 season, finishing 12-4..." March 12

  • Stephen Vogt Has Setback In Shoulder Rehab

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt, initially projected to be out for two to three weeks with a shoulder issue, experienced a setback when attempting to throw on the field today, tweets’s Adam McCalvy. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel adds that Vogt is headed for an MRI to..." March 12

  • Yankees agree to deal with former Mets second baseman Neil Walker

    New York Daily News "The Yankees are adding more depth to their infield by bringing in a former Met. The Bombers agreed to a one-year deal with second baseman Neil Walker, the Daily News confirmed Monday morning. The deal is pending a physical and is believed to be worth about $5 million, per FanRag..." March 12

  • Corey Knebel day-to-day with tweaked left knee

    Hardball Talk "Brewers closer Corey Knebel made an unplanned exit during the seventh inning of Saturday’s Cactus League contest against the Rockies. Postgame reports revealed that the reliever had slipped on the wet mound and tweaked his left knee, though club manager Craig Counsell said the pitcher’s removal..." March 11

  • Brewers' Braun feels 'awkward, uncomfortable' at first base "Ryan Braun got his first start of the spring in left field Saturday afternoon in a 9-2 victory over the Rockies as he focuses on playing first base for the first time in his career. Asked for a progress report on the new gig, Braun was blunt. "I don't feel remotely comfortable," he said. "I..." March 11

  • Junior Guerra Has Fourth Option Year

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have some more flexibility with righty Junior Guerra than had generally been realized, as’s Adam McCalvy tweets. Milwaukee GM David Stearns says that the hurler has one option season remaining. It seems that Guerra was granted an additional option season at some point in the..." March 09

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • The Lack Of A Market For Neil Walker Doesn’t Make Sense

    MLB Trade Rumors "At this point, there’s little point in expounding upon what an odd offseason it’s been for Major League free agents. Relievers got paid handsomely, the devaluation of bat-first corner players is more apparent than ever, and nearly 20 percent of MLBTR’s Top 50 free agents remain unsigned on March..." March 06

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

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