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Indians acquired RHP Oliver Drake from the Brewers for cash considerations.

The 31-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by the Brewers earlier in the week. He allowed nine earned runs over 12 2/3 innings out of the Milwaukee bullpen this season.
May 5 - 10:09 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers are signing LHP Dan Jennings to a one-year deal.

The deal is pending a physical. Jennings was released by the Rays after being informed that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old had a 3.45 ERA over 77 appearances for the Rays and White Sox in 2017. He'll serve in the middle of the Milwaukee bullpen, mostly against left-handed hitters but with the ability to get right-handers out, too.
Mar 28 - 11:16 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports writes that Collin McHugh could be available in a trade.

The Astros are loaded with starting pitcher depth, so it's not a huge surprise to hear that McHugh could be had in the right deal. As Heyman notes, he's due $5 million in 2018, and he's under team control through 2019 with one more arbitration-eligible season. Heyman also mentions the Twins and Orioles were interested in the right-hander earlier this season, and the Reds, Mariners, Brewers and Rangers as clubs still looking for starting pitching.
Mar 23 - 9:50 AM

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

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