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  • Yasmani Grandal: Why I turned down Mets’ $60 million offer

    New York Post "Yasmani Grandal considered it a $60 million insult. Yes, the Mets were potentially offering him more years than other teams, but the then-free agent catcher felt the average money per year was beneath a player of his ilk. Grandal explained on MLB Network why he then accepted an..." January 16

  • Grandal says he declined low-ball deals out of respect to star predecessors

    The Score "Yasmani Grandal signed a one-year, $18.25-million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers not just for his own benefit, but out of respect for the high-end catchers that came before him. That was the explanation Grandal gave to MLB Network following his introductory press conference..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers look to trim payroll for another addition, Wade Miley reunion possible

    Brew Crew Ball "When the Brewers decided to drop $18.25 million on Yasmani Grandal, the thought was that the signing pretty much finalized their roster heading into Spring Training about a month from today. That kind of investment combined with finalizing deals for their..." January 15

  • Manny Pina drawing trade interest, per report

    Brew Crew Ball "The Milwaukee Brewers made a massive upgrade to their roster earlier this week when they reportedly inked catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one-year contract. Not that it’s a bad thing, but the added presence of the former All-Star has created a bit of a surplus behind the plate that the team..." January 14

  • Brewers agree to a one-year deal with Corey Knebel to avoid arbitration, per report

    Brew Crew Ball "The Athletic’s Robert Murray is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year contract with Corey Knebel worth $5.125 million to avoid arbitration. Knebel earned $3.65 million in 2018 and was projected to earn $4.9 million this..." January 11

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Three things the Brewers still must do this offseason after adding Yasmani Grandal

    CBS Sports "Something unusual happened late Wednesday night. A contending MLB teamactually made an attempt to improve. There hasn't been much of that this offseason (or even last offseason) as clubs continue to freeze out veteran players and free agents. It was refreshing. Wednesday..." January 11

  • Brewers In “Heavy” Pursuit Of Infield Upgrade

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers surprised many with a sudden agreement with free-agent catcher Yasmani Grandal last night, promising the former Dodgers All-Star $18.25MM on a one-year pact. The catching position now upgraded, the Brewers are in “heavy” pursuit of an infield upgrade, reports Jeff Passan..." January 10

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Setting expectations for Christian Yelich in 2019

    Brew Crew Ball "Saying that Christian Yelich was really good last year does not do his season justice. Calling his season excellent may still be an understatement. It’s tough to find a word to describe how incredible Yelich’s debut season in Milwaukee was. Last January,..." January 10

  • Report: Brewers sign Yasmani Grandal to one-year, $18.25 million deal

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers and catcher Yasmani Grandalhave agreed on a one-year deal, pending a physical. Per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, Grandal will earn a salary of $18.25 million. Grandal, 30, rejected the Dodgers’ $17.9 million..." January 10

  • Brewers To Sign Jake Petricka

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have agreed to terms on a split, Major League contract with free-agent righty Jake Petricka, per The Athletic’s Robert Murray (Twitter links). He’ll land a spot on the Brewers’ 40-man roster as part of the deal, which is still pending a physical. Petricka..." January 09

  • MLB Rumors: Mike Moustakas market waits for Manny Machado

    Lone Star Ball "MLB Rumors: Manny Machado may have to sign before Mike Moustakas is off the board, says Jon Morosi, who also says that the Texas Rangers “are known to be pursuing infielders,” but prefer Josh Harrison to Moustakas. Machado, who can..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Report: Phillies and White Sox Will Move on Mike Moustakas as Backup Plan for Manny Machado

    12 Up "With the Manny Machado saga inching closer and closer to a resolution, his suitors are starting to show their hands in terms of backup plans should they not reel in one of the biggest fish in the free agency ocean.  While the New York Yankees already brought in a 'Missed..." January 08

  • Report: Giants, Brewers have discussed Madison Bumgarner trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Madison Bumgarner trade rumors continue to linger, and one report says that there is a clear suitor if the San Francisco Giants opt to deal their left-handed ace. According to Jon Morosi of, the Giants have had substantial discussions with the Milwaukee Brewers about a..." January 07

  • Mike Moustakas and the Texas Rangers a potential match?

    Lone Star Ball "MLB rumors on Mike Moustakas, free agent third baseman, continue to be scant...though’s Mike Petriello suggests that Texas might be a good fit for the veteran. I had been wondering about a possible match between the Rangers and Moustakas earlier today, and..." January 07

  • Brewers land hard-throwing reliever Bobby Wahl in trade that sends outfielder Keon Broxton to the Mets

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "For the second time this off-season, the Milwaukee Brewers traded a reserve outfielder out of minor-league options when they sent Keon Broxton to the New York Mets on Saturday for three-minor league players, including hard-throwing reliever Bobby Wahl. In addition to Wahl, 26, who..." January 05

  • Report: Brewers still ‘like’ Brian Dozier, Mike Moustakas reunion not ruled out

    Brew Crew Ball "We’re now only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training, and baseball’s free agent market is again moving at a glacial pace. That includes the second base market, where there are more quality veteran free agents than teams..." January 04

  • Brewers reportedly engaging in Sonny Gray trade talks with Yankees

    Yardbarker "The New York Yankees have made it clear that they are trying to find a new home for starting pitcher Sonny Gray this offseason, and one team that has shown significant interest in the right-hander is the Milwaukee Brewers. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Friday that the Brewers..." December 28

  • Angels, Brewers, Rangers reportedly interested in Dallas Keuchel

    Yardbarker "The Angels, Brewers and Rangers join the previously reported Phillies as a few of the teams with interest in free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. As a onetime American League Cy Young winner (2015) who ranks among the Major..." December 23

  • Mariners working to finalize deal for Brewers OF Domingo Santana

    Sporting News "The Brewers look like they are finally going to trade outfielder Domingo Santana. According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners are finalizing a deal for Milwaukee's fourth outfielder. The Brewers will receive outfielder Ben Gamel and minor league reliever Noah Zavolas in..." December 21

  • Brewers reach agreement on one-year deal with free-agent infielder Cory Spangenberg

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers gave themselves another option in the infield Thursday night by agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent Cory Spangenberg. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB Network was the first to report the deal, which is pending a physical. His report said Spangenberg,..." December 21

  • Report: Mets have discussed Moustakas

    The Score "The New York Mets have discussed free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The Mets have been one of the busiest teams this offseason, signing catcher Wilson Ramos and trading for second baseman Robinson..." December 19

  • Brewers, Rangers nearly connected for Mike Minor trade, per report

    Brew Crew Ball "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required) recently wrote that the Philadelphia Phillies had been engaged in discussions with the Texas Rangers about a trade involving Mike Minor, but no deal was close. What was interesting for fans of the Brewers was a statement..." December 18

  • MLB Rumors: If no Manny Machado, Mike Moustakas would be clear upgrade over Maikel Franco

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Many Phillies fans have been so focused on Manny Machado and Bryce Harper for so long that no other acquisition this winter will be a worthy consolation. The Phillies, though, have prepared for the reality of an offseason that doesn't net them either huge star. If that does..." December 17

  • Report: Brewers showing interest in free agent infielder Jed Lowrie

    Brew Crew Ball "With Ian Kinsler agreeing to a two-year deal with the San Diego Padres, the Brewers had to cross one of the options they were considering off their list. According to Ken Rosenthal, they may be replacing Kinsler with another name. In his latest notes column, he says the..." December 17

  • Pirates Sign Jordan Lyles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have added some depth to their rotation mix, announcing on Monday that they’ve signed right-hander Jordan Lyles to a one-year contract. The Ballengee Group client will reportedly receive a guaranteed $2.05MM salary. “We are pleased to add Jordan Lyles..." December 17

  • Christian Yelich would welcome Manny Machado on Brewers despite history

    TMZ "Christian Yelich REALLY hated Manny Machado when the two played in the NLCS this fall ... but the MVP says he's willing to squash the beef under one condition. IF MANNY SIGNS WITH THE BREWERS!!! You'll remember ... Christian went off on Manny after the Dodgers..." December 13

  • Report: Brewers to acquire Alex Claudio from Rangers

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers will be acquiring pitcher Alex Claudio from the Rangers. The Rangers will receive the Brewers’ competitive balance pick, No. 39 overall. Claudio, 26, is entering his first of three years of..." December 13

  • Brewers avoid arbitration with Jimmy Nelson, agree to one-year deal

    Brew Crew Ball "Jimmy Nelson drew a $3.7 mil salary from the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018 during his first year of arbitration eligibility, and after missing the entire regular season while recovering and rehabbing from shoulder surgery, he’ll reportedly earn the same base sum in 2019 Nelson, a..." December 12

  • Brewers could eye upgrade with catcher Ramos "Brewers officials had what a baseball source characterized as a "very good" meeting on Monday with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, who is on hand with his representatives at the Winter Meetings to meet with teams. Ramos, 31, an All-Star last season during a year split..." December 11

  • Brewers are open to reunions with Wade Miley, Mike Moustakas

    Brew Crew Ball "The Milwaukee Brewers have some needs to fill on the infield and within their pitching staff this offseason, and its possible that they could bring back some familiar names to fill those roles. According to separate reports from baseball’s Winter Meetings, the team is keeping tabs on the..." December 11

  • Pirates reportedly close to signing RHP Jordan Lyles

    Bucs Dugout "As per Joel Sherman, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to signing RHP Jordan Lyles. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been active today, and the club is not done yet. " December 11

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • MLB Rumors: A new bidder for Yankees' Sonny Gray gives Brian Cashman more options

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has a new bidder for right-hander Sonny Gray, according to’s Jon Morosi Cashman, who is busy trying to sign free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin after having traded for Seattle Mariners..." December 04

  • Brewers’ GM admits mistake on Jonathan Schoop trade

    Larry Brown Sports "When you’re a general manager, it’s inevitable that you’re going to make a trade that doesn’t work out. Rarely, though, does one own up to it like Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns did on Friday. Stearns admitted that his move to acquire Jonathan..." November 30

  • Brewers non-tender IF Jonathan Schoop

    Sporting News "The Brewers are moving on from Jonathan Schoop. Milwaukee announced Friday it non-tendered the 2017 American League All-Star making him a free agent. November 30

  • Brewers' Hernan Perez re-ups with Crew

    CBS Sports "Perez agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of reports. Save for 2016, when he stole 34 bases out of nowhere, Perez has not been very useful in most fantasy formats. " November 30

  • “Strong Possibility” Brewers Non-Tender Jonathan Schoop

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the non-tender deadline looming tomorrow, there’s a “strong possibility” the Brewers will non-tender infielder Jonathan Schoop, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). A trade route is also possible, per the report; the takeaway, regardless, is that..." November 29

  • Brewers, Erik Kratz avoid arbitration

    Hardball Talk "The Brewers announced that the club and catcher Erik Kratz have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Kratz was eligible for arbitration in his third of four years. He’ll earn $300,000 guaranteed and $1.2 million in total if he stays in the majors, per Jon..." November 28

  • Curtis Granderson voted MLBPA’s Man of the Year by fellow players

    Sporting News "Curtis Granderson, a three-time All-Star who has consistently combined speed, power and defensive skill over 15 seasons with five teams, on Tuesday became the first three-time winner of the MLBPA's Marvin Miller Man of the Year, voted on by his peers. The award, given..." November 28

  • MLB Rumors: Brewers, Phillies ask Giants about Madison Bumgarner trade

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Farhan Zaidi made it clear in his first press conference that the Giants weren't opposed to trading Madison Bumgarner.  "Where we are," Zaidi said at the time, “everything has to be on the table in terms of how we move this team and roster..." November 27

  • Cardinals reportedly have interest in free agent Mike Moustakas

    CBS Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals may be in the market for a third baseman, which would allow them to shift Matt Carpenter to first base on a permanent basis and move Jedd Gyorko into a heavy utility role.  The Cardinals have been linked to Josh..." November 27

  • Tender decision on Jonathan Schoop among biggest decisions

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "David Stearns realizes how high he set the bar for future off-season acquisitions on Jan. 25, 2018. “We’ll just circle the calendar and see what happens,” the Milwaukee Brewers general manager joked. “I’m sure as we approach that date, you guys will..." November 26

  • Brewers could be a perfect dark horse fit for Bryce Harper

    USA Today "Bryce Harper, a National League MVP at 23, is a free agent at 26, peddling his services in an industry that’s grown to nearly $11 billion in annual revenues. His combination of skills, age and marketing cachet make him an excellent fit for any major league franchise. Including..." November 21

  • Brewers Finalize Coaching Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced today that they’ve promoted Chris Hook from pitching coordinator to pitching coach, hired Steve Karsay away from the Indians organization to serve as the new bullpen coach, and hired Scott Barringer away from the Astros to serve as the new head athletic trainer...." November 19

  • Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay lead newcomers on the 2019 Hall of Fame ballot

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has released its ballot for 2019. The newcomers to the ballot, two of whom I presume will be first-ballot inductees, include Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay: Roy Halladay Todd Helton Andy Pettitte Mariano..." November 19