Tag: Milwaukee Brewers

Neftali Feliz to Brewers: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Free-agent closer Neftali Feliz is on the move once again, as he signed Thursday with the Milwaukee Brewers, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. SB Nation's Chris Cotillo confirmed Passan's reports and added that it is a one-year deal worth $5.35 million (with a max of $6.85 million with incentives). Feliz has been no stranger to free agency. He was granted free agency from the Texas Rangers in July 2015 and joined the Detroit Tigers, only to hit the market once again after that season. He then signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the winter prior to the 2016 season.  The 28-year-old has been unable to maintain the level of play that made him one of baseball's best young arms out of the bullpen upon his arrival to the majors.  During his second season in 2010 as a 22-year-old, Feliz posted a 2.73 ERA and 40 saves, earning his first and only All-Star selection. The following ...




Korean League MVP Eric Thames Could Be Surprise MLB Offseason Steal

There's a video you can find on the internet showing Eric Thames wearing a crown made of flowers, just after he was named Most Valuable Player last year in South Korea. Good luck finding anything like that from Kris Bryant or Mike Trout. It's a nice ceremony and a nice award, but it's also a pleasant reminder of how different professional baseball is in South Korea, where the NC Dinos play in a ballpark with a center field fence just 381 feet from home plate and where the pitchers rarely throw upper-90s fastballs. Baseball in South Korea is different, which is why it's so tough to know what to make of Thames' new three-year, $16 million contract to be the Milwaukee Brewers' first baseman. It's either the biggest bargain deal for an MVP or the worst shot in the dark on a guy who hit .220 with six home runs in his last ...




Eric Thames to Brewers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Milwaukee Brewers added a potentially huge power bat Tuesday by signing first baseman Eric Thames to a three-year contract. MLB.com's Adam McCalvy was the first to report the move. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed the signing and added there is a fourth-year option as part of the deal. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports shared the terms of the agreement: Per ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, Thames will make $15 million in guaranteed money. Following the signing, the Brewers announced they designated first baseman Chris Carter for assignment. While Carter hit 41 home runs and drove in 94 runs last season, he hit just .222, and McCalvy pointed out Milwaukee wanted more balance in its lineup: The 30-year-old Thames has spent the past three seasons playing in the Korean Baseball Organization, where he averaged 41 home runs and 126 RBI per year. He also stole 40 bases in 2015 and posted an on-base percentage of ...




Craig Counsell, Brewers Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

After two seasons at the helm, manager Craig Counsell agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension through 2020 with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.  The team announced the move ahead of what would have been the final year on his deal. Counsell has led the Brew Crew to a 134-165 record, and they improved by 12 wins from 2015 to 2016 in going 73-89. The 46-year-old Counsell had no previous managerial or coaching experience when he took the Milwaukee job in 2015, as he was a front office assistant and color analyst for the Brewers in the years following his retirement from playing in 2011. Counsell played 16 MLB seasons as a utility infielder with the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Brewers. The South Bend, Indiana, native attended high school in Milwaukee and spent the final five seasons of his playing career with the Brewers. Counsell took over a Milwaukee ...




Keon Broxton Arrested: Latest Details and Comments on Brewers OF

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Keon Broxton was arrested on Friday and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.  Per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Broxton was arrested in Tampa after refusing to leave an area following a fight.  Auman noted the incident took place at 3:26 a.m. on Friday morning after Tampa police were dispersing a crowd following a fight.  Per the arrest report Auman cited, Broxton was described as being "extremely intoxicated" with visible injuries to his face. As police were asking people to leave an area, Broxton started yelling "Y'all ain't s--t behind your badges" and one of his friends took him from the area following another warning.  The report then alleged police officers saw Broxton again a few blocks away, and he kept yelling at them, was issued another warning and walked back onto property he had been told to leave while still arguing with the officers, leading to his arrest. Brewers general manager David Stearns issued ...




Jonathan Lucroy Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation Around Brewers Catcher

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy vetoed a potential trade to the Cleveland Indians, per MLB.com's Adam McCalvy and Curt Hogg, but that may not stop the Brewers from dealing the two-time All-Star. Continue for updates. Rangers, Brewers Working on Deal Sunday, July 31 Today's Knuckleball's Jon Heyman reported on Sunday that the Texas Rangers are looking at acquiring Lucroy. The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant reported that the Rangers are hoping to get pitching help from Milwaukee as part of the Lucroy trade. Grant added that he believes the Rangers would prioritize a top-end starting pitcher over Lucroy if push came to shove. Heyman later reported that a relief pitcher could also be part of the package sent to Texas. TR Sullivan of MLB.com added that third baseman Joey Gallo is "likely involved" in the Rangers' talks with the Brewers. Mets Drop Out of Pursuit for Lucroy Sunday, July 31 According to Newsday's Marc Carig, the New York Mets were ...




Ryan Braun Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Brewers OF

Outfielder Ryan Braun would make a good trade candidate, especially with the Milwaukee Brewers squarely in sell mode before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, as he's in the midst of another strong season. Continue for updates.  Brewers Reportedly Receive Lackluster Offer Friday, July 29 Per MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Brewers did receive "at least one [offer]" for Braun that was described as "terrible" given his success in 2016. There are two sides to the coin with Braun that would explain why a reported trade offer for him is not up to the standard Milwaukee might be seeking.  On the one side, Braun is hitting .321/.383/.515 with 14 home runs in 85 games. A power bat like that would make a huge difference in the middle of a contending team's lineup down the stretch in 2016.  However, looking on the other side of this particular coin, Braun is 32 years old and hasn't played more than 140 games ...




David Stearns Q&A: How MLB’s Youngest GM Is Building for the Future

In an era in which teams like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros have seen an organizational renaissance after overhauling their minor league systems, the term “rebuild” is thrown around as frequently as pie dough in a pizza kitchen. David Stearns realizes as much, and in an interview with Bleacher Report, he tried to explain the nuances of how he is approaching it as the general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers made Stearns Major League Baseball’s youngest GM when they hired him at 30 years old last season. Both Theo Epstein and Jon Daniels were hired by the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, respectively, at 28 to lead those baseball operations departments. Stearns addressed his philosophy, team draft strategy and the future of left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, two highly sought-after veterans, as we approach the trade deadline.   Bleacher Report: Every “rebuild” has its nuances. What’s your philosophy as ...




Ryan Braun Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Brewers Star

Milwaukee Brewers star outfielder Ryan Braun is considered a prime candidate to be dealt to a contending team before the trade deadline. Continue for updates.  Giants Showing Interest in Braun Monday, June 13 The San Francisco Giants have had "preliminary talks" with the Milwaukee Brewers about acquiring outfielder Ryan Braun, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, although "nothing [is] imminent." Interest in Braun, 32, is nothing new. In late May, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote the following: He’s the hot name out there,” said one National League scout. Braun is having an outstanding year, seemingly all the way back from PED disgrace and the subsequent reduction of his numbers. Which team could benefit from the righthanded, middle-of-the-order bat? The scout thought the Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, and Chicago White Sox were good fits. Braun is in the first year of a five-year, $105 million extension. That contract might be an issue for some teams. Braun isn't young, ...




Corey Ray: Prospect Profile for Brewers’ 1st-Round Pick

Player: Corey Ray Position: OF DOB: Sept. 22, 1994 (21 years old) Height/Weight: 5'11", 185 lbs Bats/Throws: L/L School: Louisville Previously Drafted: 2013 (33rd Round, SEA)   Background Corey Ray was one of the breakout college stars of 2015, and after a strong summer with Team USA he entered his junior season as one of the premier players in the 2016 draft class. After playing sparingly as a freshman, the Chicago native hit .325/.389/.543 with 15 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 56 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 44 attempts as a sophomore. That strong performance earned him a place on the collegiate national team, and he went on to lead the club in OPS (.971), extra-base hits (9) and steals (11). That was enough to make him a consensus top-10 pick when the college season kicked off, and he's only further boosted his stock with a terrific showing as a junior. "Right now, if I had the top pick, I think I'd go with Ray," Keith ...




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