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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Brewers are unlikely to sign free agent DJ LeMahieu.

The Brewers have been linked to LeMahieu as a potential replacement at second base, but Feinsand reports that Milwaukee no longer is interested with the signing of Yasmani Grandal taking up most -- if not all -- of the remaining budget. It's possible the Brewers will trade for a second baseman, or they could just go with a stopgap until star prospect Keston Hiura is (hopefully) ready this summer.
Jan 10 - 8:21 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports mentions that the Rays are among the teams interested in free agent DJ LeMahieu.

Heyman also mentions the Giants, who Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic also mentioned as a possible landing spot on Thursday. The Dodgers and Brewers are also potential fits. There's been a bit of a run on second baseman as of late, and while his lack of success out of Colorado could prove problematic, he could be an inexpensive stopgap -- assuming he gets a one-year deal at this point.
Jan 10 - 7:05 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth $18.25 million guaranteed, per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. And it is a stunner. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier this winter, but his market must have completely bottomed out after that. He'll take a one-year payday from the Brewers and look to put up big-time offensive numbers at Milwaukee's power-friendly Miller Park before hitting free agency again at age 31. Grandal posted a strong .815 OPS with 24 home runs over 140 games with the Dodgers last season.
Jan 9 - 11:05 PM

According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the Brewers would have to include a young starting pitcher to land Madison Bumgarner from the Giants.

Morosi wrote Monday that Milwaukee is the most likely landing spot for Bumgarner, if the Giants do decide to part ways with the star left-hander this winter. He lists Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, and Freddy Peralta as possible names that could intrigue the San Francisco front office. Bumgarner, who is set to become a free agent next offseason, posted a 3.26 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 129 2/3 innings last year after returning from a fractured pinkie.
Jan 8 - 3:25 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network believes the Brewers are the most likely landing spot in a trade for Madison Bumgarner.

There have been reports that Bumgarner is available for quite some time, but the most recent rumblings have been that the southpaw will get dealt over the summer rather than the winter. The 29-year-old posted a 3.26 ERA last year, but he was limited to just 129 2/3 innings because of a fractured left pinkie a year after throwing only 111. What the Brewers would be willing to give up for Bumgarner is obviously the biggest question, as he'll be a free agent at the end of the year.
Jan 7 - 9:42 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that the Brewers "like" free agent second baseman Brian Dozier.

But it's unclear whether the two parties have engaged in any serious contract negotiations. Dozier would be a nice stopgap in Milwaukee until the arrival of top second base prospect Keston Hiura, and Miller Park would be a nice offensive environment for the veteran to attempt a bounceback after he struggled through much of the 2018 season. Dozier is also said to be drawing interest from the Nationals. He may have to settle for a one-year deal after batting .215/.305/.391 in 151 games between the Twins and Dodgers last year.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 3 - 10:48 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Brewers "remain prominent" in trade talks involving Sonny Gray.

Morosi adds that while the Reds were in on Gray earlier in the offseason, he's not as much of a priority for them anymore after they added Tanner Roark and Alex Wood. A move to the National League would surely aid Gray as he looks to bounce back in 2019, but obviously Miller Park wouldn't be an ideal landing spot.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:38:00 AM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Nationals, Reds, Rangers, Giants, and Brewers are among the teams showing interest in free agent Josh Harrison.

Heyman adds that the Yankees, Phillies, and Dodgers could also be "in play" for the 31-year-old super utilityman, depending on how the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado markets shake out. Harrison makes sense on paper for a range of clubs given his ability to play sound defense all over the diamond. He had a down year at the plate in 2018, but the two-time All-Star has posted strong offensive numbers in years prior.
Thu, Dec 27, 2018 01:01:00 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rangers, Angels and Brewers are all interested in free agent southpaw Dallas Keuchel.

The Phillies, Nationals and Padres have all been mentioned previously as interested suitors for Keuchel, but now we can add three other clubs to the mix. As a Scott Boras client and the top remaining starting pitcher on the free agent market, it won't be surprising to see Keuchel drag this thing out to extract every possible dollar out of a potential deal.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 08:05:00 PM

Corey Brock of The Athletic reports that Ben Gamel will head to the Brewers along with 22-year-old right-hander Noah Zavolas in exchange for Domingo Santana.

The deal has not officially been announced yet, but all signs point to it being finalized shortly. Gamel adds to an already crowded mix in the Brewers' outfield that features Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton and Eric Thames. Even if he's being viewed as a fourth outfielder type, it's hard not to think that Broxton himself is already better suited for that role. Perhaps the Brewers will have another move in the works soon to clear things up.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 07:25:00 PM

The Mariners have a deal in place to acquire Domingo Santana from the Brewers in exchange for Ben Gamel and Noah Zavolas.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times was the first to report that the M's had acquired Santana and Corey Brock of the The Athletic provided the details on the return package for the Mariners. It's interesting that the Brewers waited through the entire 2018 season with Santana as a luxury on the bench, then finally opted to deal him away for another outfielder. It seems as though they would have been better served by pulling the trigger on a deal last offseason.
Fri, Dec 21, 2018 07:21:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have agreed to a one-year deal with Cory Spangenberg.

It's a split contract, says Rosenthal, which will pay Spangenberg $1.2 million if he's on the MLB roster, and $250,000 if he is in Triple-A. He was released by the Padres in November after being designated for assignment, and hit .258/.318/.391 in his five seasons with San Diego. The 27-year-old is capable of playing all over the field, and it's possible he could compete for playing time at second base with Milwaukee. More than likely, he'll be a super-utility player for the reigning NL Central champions. It's also worth pointing out that Spangenberg has one minor league option left.
Source: The Athletic
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 09:54:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are getting lefty reliever Alex Claudio from the Rangers.

Rosenthal says the Rangers will receive the Brewers' competitive-balance pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, which will come at No. 39 overall. Claudio struggled to a 4.48 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 68 1/3 innings with Texas in 2018, but he registered a 2.66 ERA over his first 142 major league appearances between 2014-2017. The 26-year-old southpaw is under control through 2021.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 12:57:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the Tigers, Brewers, Athletics, and Nationals are among the teams showing interest in free agent Ian Kinsler.

There is a robust market for second basemen this winter and it will probably take a little while for it to settle. Morosi notes that the "destinations of [DJ] LeMahieu and [Jed] Lowrie may determine where Kinsler signs." The 36-year-old batted .240/.301/.380 with 14 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 128 games this past season between the Angels and Red Sox.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 10:59:00 PM

According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers had a "very good" meeting with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos on Monday.

Ramos is on hand at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas and is set to meet with other teams, including the Mets. As of now, the Brewers are looking at a combination of Manny Pina, Erik Kratz, and Jacob Nottingham behind the plate, so this makes for a potentially strong fit. Ramos has an injury history, but there's no question about his ability to produce offensively. The 31-year-old batted .306/.358/.487 with 15 homers and 70 RBI over 111 games this past season between the Rays and Phillies.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 02:14:00 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have expressed interest in Daniel Murphy.

Murray also confirms that the club is interested in re-signing Mike Moustakas, which has been reportedly previously. General manager David Stearns said Monday that the team is planning on Travis Shaw being their second baseman next season, but obviously the signing of Murphy or Moustakas would change that.
Source: The Athletic
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 09:30:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Brewers have been in contact with the Yankees about a trade for Sonny Gray.

This backs up recent reporting from Max Wildstein of Gotham Sports Network. It's no secret that the Yankees are shopping Gray and he's a sure thing to be dealt at some point this winter. The 29-year-old is coming off a 4.90 ERA this past season and has been a poor fit for New York, but there's plenty of appetite in him as a buy-low. The Brewers fit in this dynamic. Gray made $6.5 million in 2018 and has one year of arbitration before hitting free agency.
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 11:23:00 AM

Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Giants are willing to engage in trade talks with teams regarding Madison Bumgarner.

So far, the Phillies and Brewers have reportedly had at least preliminary talks. Dealing Bumgarner would be a bold move for new Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, but perhaps a necessary one. Their farm system could need a boost and Bumgarner is only under contract for one more season at $12 million. According to Morosi, the Giants would want at least one top pitching prospect as part of a potential package. The trade market isn't lacking for high-end starting pitching right now, as the Indians are reportedly willing to discuss Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco and the Mets are said to be shopping Noah Syndergaard. The Giants could always wait until the trade deadline if offers aren't to their liking this offseason.
Source: MLB.com
Tue, Nov 27, 2018 08:39:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Brewers and Astros are two clubs that have shown interest in J.T. Realmuto.

We've heard about the Astros' interest, but the Brewers being in the mix is new. The Dodgers have been linked to Realmuto, as well. The Braves, Nationals and Phillies also have been connected to Realmuto, but the Braves and Nats have signed catchers and the Marlins reportedly would prefer not to trade him within the division. Sherman puts the odds of a Realmuto trade going down this offseason at 35 percent.
Mon, Nov 26, 2018 07:32:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Padres and Giants are the "early suitors" for Nathan Eovaldi.

Cafardo adds that "there's likely to be more." Eovaldi could wind up being the most highly sought after free agent starter aside from Patrick Corbin after he thrived down the stretch of the regular season and playoffs for Boston. He's plenty risky both from a performance and health standpoint, but the hard-throwing righty is awfully intriguing and will turn just 29 in February.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 10:40:00 AM


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