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Brewers' general manager David Stearns said Sunday that the club is content with their trio of catchers and they aren't interested in a possible reunion with Jonathan Lucroy.

Lucroy continues to sit on the open market as spring camps have opened throughout Florida and Arizona, but a reunion in Milwaukee doesn't seem to be in the cards. The Brewers will enter the season with Manny Pina, Stephen Vogt and Jett Bandy behind the dish.
Feb 18 - 10:43 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Brewers will be at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Seattle.

Add them to a list that includes (so far) the Giants and Padres. Lincecum last pitched in 2016 with the Angels, putting up an ugly 9.16 ERA over nine starts. He's reportedly gotten himself in better shape and is throwing harder in workouts this offseason.
Feb 12 - 11:21 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Orioles, Twins, Brewers, Cubs and Yankees are among the teams that have inquired on Jake Odorizzi.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Cardinals and Angels have also discussed Odorizzi with the Rays. We can safely cross the Cubs off the list of clubs having interest in Odorizzi after they agreed to terms with Yu Darvish, but the right-hander makes some sense as a target for the other teams. Odorizzi will make a little over $6 million in 2018 and is under team control for 2019, as well, but the quasi-rebuilding Rays would like to shed his contract.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, free agent starter Lance Lynn is drawing interest from "seven or eight teams."

The list includes the Brewers and Orioles, but both of those clubs are believed to be exploring the trade market for rotation upgrades at this time. Goold also mentions the Cubs, Twins, and Mets as possible suitors while noting that the Cardinals are "not in the mix." Lynn, 30, returned from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last season to register a 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings for St. Louis. He boasts a career 3.38 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings at the major league level.
Feb 8 - 1:24 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers have "been in contact" with Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb.

Heyman says the "prime target" for the Brewers is Yu Darvish, but they're prepared to pounce on one of the other top free agent starters should Darvish ultimately land a deal that reaches beyond Milwaukee's comfort zone. Lance Lynn would presumably come into consideration as well. All of this signals the continuation of an impressive late-offseason push from the fast-rising Brewers, who recently acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. They've even been floated as potential suitors for Rays ace Chris Archer.
Feb 1 - 11:32 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Brewers "have had recent contact" with the Rays about a potential Chris Archer trade.

Rosenthal cautions that "a deal would appear unlikely" because the Rays probably want something more than Domingo Santana or Brett Phillips -- the Brewers' expendable outfielders -- as the headliner in a package for their controllable ace. Rosenthal also notes that Milwaukee "might not want to cut deeper into its farm system" after giving up four prospects to the Marlins for Christian Yelich. Archer told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times last week that he does not expect to be traded before the beginning of the 2018 season.
Feb 1 - 8:53 AM

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

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Brewers are among the teams that have talked with the Diamondbacks about Patrick Corbin.

Heyman says the Diamondbacks "have talked to many teams" about Corbin, who is set to make $7.5 million this season after going 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season. It's his last year of arbitration before becoming a free agent next winter. The Brewers are believed to be exploring a number of different options on the starting pitching front.
Jan 27 - 7:27 PM's Anthony Castrovince reports that the Brewers have shown some interest in Danny Salazar this offseason.

It comes on the heels of Castrovince's colleague Jon Morosi noting that the Indians and Brewers could be partners for a potential trade, with Domingo Santana being a possible target for Cleveland. Whether it would be a straight up one-for-one deal or part of a larger trade isn't known, but the fit does seem to make sense from both sides. Salazar has often frustrated with inconsistency and injuries, but he just turned 28, misses a ton of bats and is under team control through 2020.
Jan 26 - 10:02 AM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers and Lorenzo Cain have come to terms on a deal.

Cain returns to his original organization, giving the Brewers a very crowded outfield at the moment. Cain will likely play center, moving Christian Yelich to right field. Either Domingo Santana or Ryan Braun figures to be shipped out in a trade relatively soon. The Brewers could get a quality pitcher in return for Santana, while Braun would primarily be a salary dump.
Jan 25 - 7:29 PM

Marlins acquired OF Lewis Brinson, INF Isan Diaz, OF Monte Harrison and RHP Jordan Yamamoto from the Brewers for OF Christian Yelich.

The Marlins got a whole lot of upside here, but also no sure things. To be fair, Brinson should be an adequate regular even if he disappoints offensively; he's very good defensively in center. The tools are there for him to excel with the bat, too, but he's been pretty inconsistent to this point in his career. He is coming off a very strong season in Triple-A, having hit .331/.400/.562 in 299 at-bats for Colorado Springs. His brief look in the majors wasn't as encouraging: he hit just .106/.236/.277 in 47 at-bats. The Marlins almost certainly will make him their Opening Day center fielder and give him plenty of rope. He doesn't seem like a great short-term bet in mixed leagues to us, but he could surprise.
Jan 25 - 6:22 PM

Infielder Isan Diaz was traded from the Brewers to the Marlins in the Christian Yelich deal.

Diaz is on the move for a second time; he was the prospect the Brewers got from the Diamondbacks in the Jean Segura trade two years ago. He has a great deal of power potential for an infield prospect and he takes plenty of walks, but making consistent contact is an issue. He split time at second and short last year, but he projects as more of a second baseman going forward. He might need to return to high-A ball next year, and he doesn't figure to help the Marlins until 2020 at the earliest.
Jan 25 - 6:21 PM

Outfielder Monte Harrison was sent from Milwaukee to Miami in the Christian Yelich deal.

One of the most talented players in the 2014 draft, Harrison was able to take a step forward last year after a disappointing 2016, hitting .272/.350/.481 for two A-ball teams at age 21. This year will be big for him: he's set to tackle Double-A for the first time. He doesn't currently project as a future regular, but as the third prospect in the Yelich trade, it's worth taking a chance on him panning out.
Jan 25 - 6:20 PM

RHP Jordan Yamamoto was traded from the Brewers to the Marlins in a five-player deal.

Yamamoto, a 12th-round pick in the 2014 draft, went 9-4 with a 2.51 ERA and a 113/30 K/BB in 111 innings for high-A Carolina last year. He wasn't viewed as one of the Brewers' top prospects, but he might prove interesting as a reliever down the line.
Jan 25 - 6:19 PM

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports that Christian Yelich has been traded to the Brewers.

We're not sure this is the right way for the Brewers to go: Yelich is very good with the potential to be better, but the Brewers were already well set up in the outfield going forward and have far bigger concerns elsewhere. Still, let's see what the package is.
Jan 25 - 6:05 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers have put together a trade offer for Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

There's a long list of teams in the mix for Yelich, but Mish hears that the Brewers have shown "strong interest" as they look to improve upon their surprise 2017 season. And with a strong farm system, they also have the sort of prospects required to get a deal done. Yelich's contract (four years and $43.25 million) makes him an attractive option for both small and large-market teams. Nothing appears to be imminent, but the Brewers could be a legitimate suitor.
Jan 23 - 4:03 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, free agent right-hander Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table.

The identity of the team who made the offer and the specifics regarding the financials aren't known. However, given the number of teams involved, it would be no surprise if he ultimately lands a five-year deal. We could be getting close to crunch time, finally. The Cubs, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers are all believed to be in the mix.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

According to reports from Yahoo Japan, the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent right-hander Yu Darvish.

Darvish recently announced that his list of suitors had narrowed to six teams: the Cubs, Astros, Rangers, Twins, Yankees and a mystery club. There had been speculation that the mystery club was the Dodgers, but it could very well be the Brew Crew. Despite adding Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers still have a large void to fill at the top of their rotation and Darvish would be a massive upgrade.
Source: Yahoo Japan
Jan 21 - 9:11 PM

According to Jim Bowden of SiriusXM, the Brewers continue to be "in" on free agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta.

We heard earlier this month that the Cubs and Cardinals were "showing the most interest" in Arrieta, so this could be a true NL Central showdown. There's no doubt that Arrieta would provide a boost to Milwaukee's rotation, especially with Jimmy Nelson's status in question. The big question remains the price tag, as his agent Scott Boras was at one point seeking a $200 million pact. Of course, that was probably never realistic to begin with, which is why the Brewers are still in the mix here.
Jan 15 - 8:53 AM

Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reports that the Brewers are a possibility for free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

It's an odd fit. The Brewers already have a cheaper and younger third baseman in-house with Travis Shaw, but Bowden writes that signing Moustakas would allow them to flip Shaw to the Yankees, Braves, or Mets. It's unclear whether this is just internal discussion or if talks have actually taken place. They'd presumably try to trade Shaw for a starting pitcher, though Bowden also notes that the club continues to show interest in free agent Jake Arrieta. With the free agent market still widely unsettled, there are a lot of possibilities in the air.
Jan 15 - 8:44 AM

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