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  • Peralta, Woodruff, Burnes and Davies fill out the Brewers' rotation, while Anderson moves to the bullpen

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Craig Counsell filled in the rest of the blanks in the Milwaukee Brewers' season-opening starting rotation on Thursday, and it has a definite youthful feel to it. Joining opening day starter Jhoulys Chacín will be 22-year-old Freddy Peralta, 26-year-old Brandon..." March 22

  • Yankees drop big hints on Gio Gonzalez’s immediate future

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild had an interesting takeaway Thursday morning while watching newly acquired lefty Gio Gonzalez throw a bullpen session in Tampa. “He is pretty close to ready right now,” Rothschild told reporters. That..." March 22

  • Corey Knebel’s elbow is ‘reason for concern’

    Hardball Talk "Brewers manager Craig Counsell said today that reliever Corey Knebel is dealing with an elbow issue. Indeed, he said that there is “reason for concern,” and that Knebel will have his elbow examined. He, in all likelihood, will start the season on the injured..." March 21

  • Braves Sign Josh Tomlin To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets that Tomlin will start Saturday’s Grapefruit League game for the Braves and could potentially break camp with the club as a long reliever. If not, it appears he’ll head to Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves announced Thursday that..." March 21

  • How the Milwaukee Brewers are revolutionizing what a starting rotation looks like

    Clutch Points "In a time that members of a starting rotation do not necessarily toe the rubber first in a game, the MLB is facing an identity crisis of sorts… but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Historically, pitchers have been known for their durability, as starters used to throw 200..." March 21

  • Gio Gonzalez says offer from Yankees was only one he received

    Larry Brown Sports "Gio Gonzalez made a somewhat surprising decision to sign a minor league contract with the New York Yankees earlier this week, but the left-hander really didn’t have another option. As in, there were no other offers. Gonzalez told reporters on Wednesday that the only offer he..." March 20

  • Brewers Release Josh Tomlin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced today that they have released right-hander Josh Tomlin. He had been in camp as a non-roster invitee after signing a minors deal but opted out of his deal, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports (via Twitter). That news gives some clarity..." March 20

  • Brewers reportedly in talks with Craig Kimbrel

    Larry Brown Sports "Craig Kimbrel remains unsigned despite the MLB season set to begin in Japan, though there is a chance that could be changing. Kimbrel is in talks with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray. Kimbrel went 5-1 with 42 saves,..." March 20

  • Brewers sign reliever Josh Fields, released by Dodgers, and will send him to AAA San Antonio

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Milwaukee Brewers signed veteran right-handed reliever Josh Fields to a minor-league deal with an invitation to the remainder of big-league camp. Fields, 33, was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 10, obligating them to pay only one-sixth of his $2.85 million salary. He..." March 20

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • What adding Gio Gonzalez means to Yankees’ rotation battle

    New York Post "Add veteran lefty Gio Gonzalez to the mix of candidates who might help the Yankees at some point this season. Gonzalez, a free agent, and the Yankees agreed to a minor league deal Monday night that, according to GM Brian Cashman, was a verbal agreement that required minor..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • Yankees reportedly sign Gio Gonzalez to minor-league deal

    Pinstripe Alley "After watching two-fifths of their starting rotation fall victim to injuries, the Yankees have made their move to stabilize the situation. Fancred’s Jon Heyman has reported that the Yankees and left-hander Gio Gonzalez are closing in on a deal. The..." March 19

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • MLB Rumors: 4 reasons Gio Gonzalez isn’t worth Yankees’ time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Help could be on the way, but it might not be what the Yankees truly need. As the baseball world learned about a contract offer from the Yankees to free-agent lefty Gio Gonzalez, this reality became present: New York is at least slightly concerned with..." March 18

  • With regular season nearing, reigning MVP Christian Yelich locked in

    Sportsnaut "Christian Yelich won the NL MVP in 2018 sparked largely by a great second half of the season. In spring training, the Milwaukee Brewers star picked up right where he left off. Yelich homered in Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Ordinarily, we might try to..." March 16

  • With no apparent spot on Brewers' roster, veteran catcher Erik Kratz awaits to hear his fate

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "These are uncertain times for Erik Kratz, a situation made only slightly better by an open line of communication with the Milwaukee Brewers’ decision-makers. Kratz, 38, a veteran catcher who played a key role in the team’s surge to within one game of the World Series in..." March 15

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • Jhoulys Chacin announced as Brewers Opening Day starter

    Brew Crew Ball "You might want to sit down before you read this. Jhoulys Chacin is going to be the Brewers’ Opening Day starter/Initial intial-out-getter. Try not to pass out from the shock. Even though it was a safe assumption given the way the roster looked and..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14

  • Milwaukee Brewers sign Michael O’Neill and Aaron Kurcz to minor league deals

    Brew Crew Ball "The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they’re adding more veteran depth to their farm system. The Crew has signed outfielder Michael O’Neill and pitcher Aaron Kurcz. The 26-year-old O’Neill was drafted by the Yankees in 2013. He became a..." March 13

  • Brewers' Jeremy Jeffress likely to open season on injured list

    Yardbarker "Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress is likely to open the year on the injured list, skipper Craig Counsell acknowledged to reporters including Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Twitter link). The veteran righty was slowed by some shoulder issues early and has not yet returned to..." March 13

  • Report: MLB, union agree to end August trades

    The Score "Baseball's trade season is about to get a major facelift. Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to eliminate the August waiver trade period in favor of a single non-waiver trade deadline day for all transactions on July 31, sources told Ken..." March 13

  • Mike Moustakas named the Brewers’ starting second baseman

    Hardball Talk "A month ago, when the Milwaukee Brewers signed Mike Moustakas, Craig Counsell said that they’d give him a look at second base. It was a surprising statement given that Moustakas hasn’t played a single inning at second base in his entire career and given that Travis Shaw,..." March 12

  • Brewers players consider Bob Uecker one of their own, including divvying up playoff money

    USA Today "One of the factors that has kept Bob Uecker in the radio booth for the Milwaukee Brewers well into his 80s is the manner in which players have treated him as one of their own. But, when the players put their money where their mouths were last November, it stunned Uecker, moving..." March 10

  • As part of gambling deal, MLB lineups will now go to commissioner’s office before being made public

    Awful Announcing "It’s something of a no-brainer for professional sports leagues to get involved in the burgeoning world of legalized sports gambling. But gambling always comes with strings attached, and sometimes those strings are going to dangle in a way that doesn’t seem quite..." March 07

  • ‘Adapt or die’: MLB staffs have new look as coaches go from lab to dugout

    USA Today "Wes Johnson did not run from the labels. Weirdo. Iconoclast. Voodoo coach. Johnson heard some variation of them all over the past decade, when he first set up shop as the pitching coach of Dallas Baptist University armed with mysterious tracking technology, funny balls and a..." March 07

  • Inside Major League Baseball’s exploitation of minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "Ted Berg of For the Win has written an excellent story about what it’s like to be a minor league catcher in spring training. About how many of them there are and how much work they do. Of how critically important it is to the big league team and big league players that they are..." March 07

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says economic system ‘not broken’

    Boston Herald "Good thing the Internet hasn’t been invented yet because if it had been, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred might have some explaining to do upon returning home to his wife, Colleen, mother to the couple’s four children. The marquee name at the Boston College..." March 07

  • Report: New MLB gambling partnership has controversial key clause

    Larry Brown Sports "A new provision as part of Major League Baseball’s new gambling partnership has annoyed at least one manager. Last November, MLB made MGM their “official gaming partner” as sports betting becomes increasingly legal and accepted in the United States. Peter Gammons of..." March 06

  • Report: MLB planning changes to All-Star selection with 'election day'

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to introduce an extra step to All-Star selection this season with a new "election day" to determine the starters at each position, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Standard online voting would still take place under the new format. Once..." March 06

  • Report: Active rosters to expand to 26 players in 2020

    Hardball Talk "Ronald Blum of the Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are close to agreeing to expand active rosters to 26 players for the start of the 2020 regular season. This is in exchange for a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after Opening..." March 06

  • No issues for Jimmy Nelson in live batting practice session

    Brew Crew Ball "The Brewers’ corner of the Internet had a mini-meltdown last week when the team said Jimmy Nelson was being shut down from throwing for a few days after some kind of arm pain/discomfort/fatigue, but it looks like the right-hander is back on track in his long road back to a..." March 05

  • MLB, MLBPA Nearing Rule Change Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have spent the winter negotiating over rules changes while publicly bickering over the operation of the player market. The sides now appear to be nearing agreement on a package of new rules, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link),..." March 05

  • Report: Yankees have had internal discussions about Gio Gonzalez

    Larry Brown Sports "If the New York Yankees decide to add some starting rotation depth in the wake of Luis Severino’s shoulder injury, Gio Gonzalez is one name to watch. Severino was scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League start on Tuesday with shoulder discomfort, and the Yankees announced..." March 05

  • Brewers’ Bobby Wahl Suffers Torn ACL

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brewers reliever Bobby Wahl has suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will likely miss the 2019 season, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com was among those to report. Wahl incurred the injury while pitching, making it a particularly rare occurrence, general manager David Stearns pointed out (via Tom..." March 03

  • $890M of Machado, Harper, Arenado Megadeals Huge Win for Players' War vs. Owners

    Bleacher Report "As it turns out, owners haven't slammed shut all of the financial spigots that run to the players. It just depends on which players. Bryce Harper, 26, set a record Thursday for the largest contract ever awarded to a free agent in professional sports, landing with the Philadelphia..." March 01

  • Sources: MLB prepared to ditch clock until 2022

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is prepared to scuttle the implementation of a pitch clock until at least 2022 as part of a wide-ranging proposal to the MLB Players Association that would include the ability to implement a three-batter-minimum rule for pitchers and roster-size changes in 2020, sources..." February 27

  • Jimmy Nelson backs off from throwing with arm fatigue, but the Brewers say they're not worried

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Right-hander Jimmy Nelson was backed off from throwing over the weekend after experiencing what was called “arm fatigue,” a situation the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball bosses did not consider a noteworthy setback. Nelson, who missed the entire 2018 season..." February 26

  • Brewers say Jimmy Nelson has ‘very minor setback’

    Brew Crew Ball "Anytime we hear “Jimmy Nelson” and “setback” in the same sentence, alarms tend to go off. It looks like this time, the Brewers are trying to get ahead of Nelson already “backing off” from his spring routine by assuring everyone..." February 25

  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an SI.com report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Mike Moustakas picks new jersey number for the sweetest reason

    Sportsnaut "After re-signing with the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week, Mike Moustakas has made another important move regarding his jersey number. Last year, he wore No. 18 after being traded from Kansas City to Milwaukee. This year? He’ll be wearing No. 11, and he has an incredibly..." February 19

  • Brewers manager has ‘no doubt’ Mike Moustakas can play second base

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers re-signed Mike Moustakas this offseason even though they already have a third baseman in Travis Shaw, but they’re planning to try and get flexible to make things work. Milwaukee wants to try and see if Moustakas can play some second base, which would allow..." February 19

  • Mike Moustakas Could Play Second Base For Brewers

    MLB Trade Rumors "When word of Mike Moustakas’ impending return to the Brewers broke, the assumption among many was that the Milwaukee organization would utilize the same defensive alignment as in 2019: Travis Shaw shifting over to second base and Moustakas handling third base. However, Tom Haudricourt of..." February 18

  • Mike Moustakas returns to Brewers on one-year contract, reports say

    CBS Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have addressed their second base opening by signing a free agent third baseman. According to multiple reports, the Brewers have signed Mike Moustakas to a one-year contract, which will presumably push Travis Shaw back to second base. The team has not yet announced the..." February 17

  • Report: Angels enter mix for free agent Mike Moustakas

    The Score "A new team has apparently entered the Mike Moustakas sweepstakes. The Los Angeles Angels are in on the third baseman, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who adds the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Philadelphia Phillies are other..." February 15