Player News - Brewers

Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers signed INF Jake Hager to a minor league contract.

A former first-round pick of the Rays, Hager owns a .258/.308/.357 batting line over 567 games in the minors, though his production has been especially underwhelming over the past two years. He turns 25 in March and is purely a depth piece for his new organization.
Feb 20 - 2:22 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday that Ryan Braun will only play left field and first base.

Counsell added that Christian Yelich will primarily play left field this season, but will get some work in right field this spring. This wouldn't appear to be great news for Eric Thames, but obviously a lot is still up in the air here. There could still be a trade involving Domingo Santana, which would break up the potential logjam.

Ryan Braun has been taking grounders at first base in preparation for spring training.

The Brewers have a logjam in their outfield following the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, so Braun has expressed his willingness to try first base. The 34-year-old began his career as a third baseman before moving to the outfield following the 2007 season. It's no lock that we'll see it during the regular season, but the Brewers are willing to experiment during spring training. As of now, Domingo Santana wouldn't appear to have much of a role, but he could receive at least part-time at-bats depending on how things play out.
Feb 19 - 4:03 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell indicated Thursday that Stephen Vogt isn't necessarily assured a place on the team.

The Brewers considered non-tendering Vogt before signing him to a non-guaranteed $3.065 million pact on Dec. 1. "Stephen, we brought him back, signed him to a contract, but I think he's got something prove and that will be part of his camp," Counsell said. Manny Pina and Jett Bandy are out of options, and the Brewers could keep both if Vogt's defense isn't up to snuff. Pina is already assured a spot on the team.
Feb 15 - 5:57 PM

Brewers signed INF/OF Nick Franklin to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Franklin, a former first-round pick of the Mariners, batted just .179/.269/.283 with two home runs in 119 plate appearances last season between the Brewers and Angels. The soon-to-be 27-year-old probably won't be in real consideration for an Opening Day roster spot in his return to Milwaukee.
Feb 15 - 2:52 PM

Adrian Houser is three weeks behind the other pitchers in Brewers camp after undergoing an appendectomy last month.

Houser was probably already going to be ticketed for the minor leagues to open the 2018 regular season. The 25-year-old right-hander returned from Tommy John surgery late last summer and posted a 1.02 ERA over 17 2/3 innings at two different lower-level affiliates of the Brewers. He should be an option for Milwaukee's bullpen or even starting rotation at some point this summer.
Feb 15 - 2:05 PM

Brewers signed LHP Wade Miley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Miley can earn $2.5 million if he makes the Brewers' roster, and a total of $5.7 million if he makes 29 starts for Milwaukee. The 31-year-old southpaw spent the last year-and-a-half with Baltimore and he went 8-15 with a 5.61 ERA in 32 starts for the Orioles in 2017. He also led the league in walks last year, putting 93 baserunners on via base-on-balls. Miley has a chance to win a spot in the back of the Brewers' rotation out of camp, but based on what we've seen lately, he probably won't be an effective starter if he does.
Feb 14 - 10:34 PM

Brewers re-signed RHP Hiram Burgos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Burgos, 30, held a 7.80 ERA at Triple-A Colorado Springs last season. He hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013.
Feb 12 - 7:41 PM

Brewers re-signed OF Quintin Berry to a minor league contract.

Berry spent a large chunk of 2017 with the independent Long Island Ducks before finishing the season as pinch-runner with the Brewers. The speedy 33-year-old will likely serve primarily as outfield and bench depth in Triple-A.
Feb 12 - 1:25 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Diamondbacks were "very interested" in Domingo Santana this offseason.

Cafardo says that the Brewers were likely targeting Patrick Corbin in trade talks with the D'Backs, but they were "rebuffed." It's hard to imagine Arizona rejecting a one-for-one Santana-for-Corbin trade proposal considering that Corbin is a free agent after this season and Santana isn't even arbitration-eligible yet, so there were surely other players involved here if in fact talks did center around Santana and Corbin. The Brewers are saying at the moment that they're happy to keep Santana and play Ryan Braun more at first base, but it still seems to make the most sense for them to deal Santana for pitching.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:34 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets are reluctant to bring back Neil Walker for 2018.

The 32-year-old has had recurring back issues and is reportedly seeking a four-year deal, so the reluctance is certainly understandable. Rosenthal notes that the club has expressed interest in both Eduardo Nunez and Todd Frazier as they look to bolster their infield through free agency.
Feb 3 - 10:19 AM

Brewers signed RHP Matt Albers to a two-year, $5 million contract.

The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Albers joins the Brewers after an excellent season with the Nationals where he put up a stingy 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 63/17 K/BB ratio over 61 innings. We're not banking on a repeat, but it's hard to quibble with the addition at this price.
Jan 30 - 3:39 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent reliever Matt Albers has agreed to a two-year deal with the Brewers.

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet says the two-year contract, which is pending a physical, will carry a $5 million guarantee. Albers posted an exceptional 1.62 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, and 63/17 K/BB ratio in 61 innings last season out of the Nationals' bullpen, bouncing back from a miserable 2016 with the White Sox. The 35-year-old right-hander will operate somewhere between middle relief and setup duty in Milwaukee.
Jan 29 - 12:49 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Sunday that Chase Anderson, Zach Davies and Jhoulys Chacin are currently locks for the rotation.

The skipper added that the "next group" of hurlers competing for the final two rotation spots include Brandon Woodruff, Brent Suter, Yovani Gallardo, Junior Guerra and Aaron Wilkerson. Of course, most feel that the Brewers will add another starter, so the aforementioned group will likely wind up competing for one spot.

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Ryan Braun is "highly unlikely" to be the Brewers' second baseman this season.

Braun told fans Sunday at the Brewers On Deck event that he's talked to management about giving second base (as well as first base) a try in spring training, but McCalvy writes that it "sounds like just something he offered in passing to make clear he's open to anything." The 34-year-old becoming a realistic option at second base never seemed realistic, although it does appear Braun could wind up seeing some playing time at first base this season.
Jan 28 - 12:52 PM


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