BREWERS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Garza puts work in to achieve bounceback '17

The workouts started at 5 a.m., five days a week. Matt Garza and Brewers pitching prospect Luis Ortiz met at a gym in Fresno, Calif., before the sun came up.
Via Brewers.com
4 hours ago

Brewers embrace owner's direct message

The 2016 Cubs had "Try Not to Suck." Now the 2017 Brewers have "Don't Eff it Up."
Via Brewers.com
6 hours ago

Brewers owner preaches patience in rebuilding plan

PHOENIX (AP) The owner of the Milwaukee Brewers is preaching patience. Mark Attanasio says he will be flexible when it comes to spending while the Brewers rebuild, but it all depends on how the team plays. ''This year I think will inform us as to where we are on the timeline,'' he said. ''The team will tell us where we are and where we are going rather than me dictating it.'...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Braun prepares for 11th season with Brewers

Ryan Braun had barely stepped foot in the Brewers' Spring Training clubhouse Saturday when he absorbed the first wave of trash talk.
Via Brewers.com
1 day ago

Brewers' Villar to start the season at second base

PHOENIX -- After playing only 14 games at second base in his brief major league career, Jonathan Villar better get used to it: He will man the position for the Milwaukee Brewers moving forward. The 25-year-old Dominican burst onto the scene for Milwaukee last season, hitting .285 with 19 home runs, 63 RBIs and 38 doubles. He led the majors in stolen bases with 62. "Our hope is, and...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Villar to play second for Brewers, eyes big season at plate

PHOENIX (AP) After playing only 14 games at second base in his brief major league career, Jonathan Villar better get used to it: He will man the position for the Milwaukee Brewers moving forward. The 25-year-old Dominican burst onto the scene for Milwaukee last season, hitting .285 with 19 home runs, 63 RBIs and 38 doubles. He led the majors in stolen bases with 62. ''Our hope...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Five: Five Players Who Could Be Cut Before Opening Day

Welcome to this week’s Friday Five! With Spring Training getting underway and roster battles shaping up, it’s time to take a look at some of the Brewers players who could be off the team come Opening Day. Now, I am not taking the cheap route and listing only non-roster invitees – these are 40-man roster players and players who aren’t on the edge of starting their major league...
Via Disciples of Uecker
2 days ago

Player Profile: Keon Broxton by Wilson Karaman

The fantasy-ceiling here is drool-worthy, but is it attainable?
Via Baseball Prospectus
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Brewers Trade Jonathan Villar?

The question of the Brewers’ rebuilding timeline has hung around the club for the last couple years, once it became clear that they were tearing down the big league club and starting over. This has been a relatively rapid process, particularly as it compares to what we have come to see from other rebuilds around the major leagues. The Brewers traded Carlos Gomez on July 30, 2015...
Via BP Milwaukee
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Switch-Hitting with the Two Jonathan Villars

“I’m a completely different hitter from each side of the plate,” Hank Conger told me one time. He went on to describe how he had more loft in his swing from one side. Switch-hitter Billy Burns said about the same thing, speculating that his relative lack of experience hitting from the left side was the cause for his lack of power on contact from that side. “My muscles aren’t...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Brewers emerging as possible Matt Wieters suitor

As the MLB free agent market continues to thin, the top remaining options are attracting more and more interest.According to a report by Tommy Stokke of FanRag Sports on Friday, the Milwaukee Brewers “have emerged as a potential suitor” for four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters.The 30-year-old Wieters finished ninth among catchers in home runs (17) and eighth in RBIs (66) in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Pitching Week: Brewers Minor Leaguers

We have been celebrating “Pitching Week” all week long at Baseball Prospectus, including the introduction of a couple new statistics, Called Strike Probability (CSProb) and Called Strikes Above Average (CSAA), to quantify control and command. Earlier this week for Brew Crew Ball, I took a look at how the current big league pitchers in Milwaukee graded out using these new statistics...
Via BP Milwaukee
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Craig Counsell and Pinch Running

If you were to ask someone how many times the Brewers pinch ran in 2016, you could win an awful lot of bar bets. You would also get a lot of strange looks, but it’s January and you’re thinking about baseball. Glancing through The Bill James Handbook 2017, the number really stands out: Craig Counsell called for a pinch runner four times. Four. Over the course of a 162-game season...
Via BP Milwaukee
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers GM David Stearns’ wedding included Miller Park replica cake (pic)

Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns got hitched over the weekend and an impressive nod to his professional life stole the show at the reception. Amid the other sweets and treats featured at the reception spread was a remarkably realistic Miller Park replica that served as the groom’s cake during the festivities. Now that’s a groom’s cake fit for a GM! We’ll...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers start building bullpen with Neftali Feliz

The Milwaukee Brewers added Neftali Feliz to take over the closer role in 2017. The Brewers bullpen was ranked 12th in Major League Baseball in 2016 and 13th in team pitching. Despite decent numbers in that category last season, the Brewers front office is recognizing the importance of a strong bullpen and are taking steps to ensure the upcoming season bolsters positive results....
Via isportsweb.com
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Marlins considering Chris Carter, Mark Reynolds

After hitting the second-fewest home runs in the MLB last season, the Miami Marlins are hoping to add some raw power on the free agent market.According to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Friday, the Marlins want to sign a righty first baseman to complement Justin Bour and are considering Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds among other options. Carter, 30, batted .222/.321/.499 in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 20, 2017  |  Discuss

How Keon Broxton Looks Like the Brewers’ Best Player

I’ve encouraged you to believe in Keon Broxton before. In baseball-game terms, that wasn’t even very long ago. So you could accuse me here of being unoriginal, but I’ve prepared a counterargument. For one thing, it’s January, shut up. For a second thing, I bet a lot of you missed my previous summary. And for a third thing, now there’s some new information. This is a Keon...
Via Fangraphs
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Matt Garza rips Jessica Chastain over birth control tweet

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza decided to share some of his thoughts about birth control on social media, and he did it by unloading on an actress who had just done the same. Jessica Chastain, who is known for her roles in popular films like “The Martian” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” tweeted on Thursday about birth control no longer needing to be covered by health insurance...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 13, 2017  |  Discuss

The Test Case That Is Blaine Boyer

In recent times, pitchers generally been rewarded for three performance skills: strikeout rate, walk rate and ground-ball percentage. The influence of the BABIP Gods has largely been ignored or discounted. Blaine Boyer has pitched in parts of 10 major-league seasons. He’s never earned more than $1 million in a given year for his efforts. He had the lowest strikeout percentage...
Via Fangraphs
January 13, 2017  |  Discuss

Pablo Sandoval actually appears to be in pretty damn good shape

After being told by the Boston Red Sox to lose weight last offseason, Pablo Sandoval arrived at the team’s camp in February looking like this: Welp. Here it is. Via the @BostonGlobe, the picture that everyone's going to be talking about tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/FbWPrm8DfH — Jared Carrabis (@Jared_Carrabis) February 21, 2016 That was certainly not what the Red Sox had in...
Via The Comeback
January 11, 2017  |  Discuss
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