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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Brewers To Re-Sign Francisco Rodriguez

Apparently last season, he had 44 saves, a WHIP under 1, and made the All-Star team. Not even joking!

(That’s 348 saves going into his age 33 season…)

The Brewers have reached agreement on a two-year, $13MM deal with reliever Francisco Rodriguez. The team also holds a club option for the 2017 season over the Boras Corporation client.

The total guarantee is expected to include just $3MM this year and $6MM next season. That would appear to suggest that the contract includes a significant option buyout that would effectively function to backload its structure (and, potentially, make it more likely that the option will be a reasonable pick-up when the time comes)...

Rodriguez, 33, has spent most of the past four seasons in Milwaukee. All said, he owns a 3.11 ERA over his 193 2/3 frames with the Brewers. He has maintained double-digit strikeout-per-nine rates over the last two years in addition to an excellent K%-BB%. Though FIP has been down on Rodriguez’s work in recent campaigns, other ERA estimators like xFIP and SIERA view him as a 3.00 or better performer.

The District Attorney Posted: February 26, 2015 at 11:23 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, francisco rodriguez, free agents, transactions

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baseball America: Five Historical Precedents for Cubs’ Loaded Top 100 Class.

1. 2006 Diamondbacks

The Players

SS Justin Upton (#2), SS Stephen Drew (#5), 1B Conor Jackson (#17), OF Carlos Quentin (#20), OF Chris Young (#23), OF Carlos Gonzalez (#32), RHP Dustin Nippert (#67)

The First Six Seasons
Arizona went 477-495 (.491) from 2006-11, with three winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs, one courtesy of an National League West division title.

The precedents aren’t as strong as I would have expected.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 22, 2015 at 02:37 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, brewers, cubs, diamondbacks, prospects, rays, royals

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Brewers release Nick Delmonico

from article:

Delmonico, 22, is still under a 50-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine late last July. Baseball America reported he has been signed by the Chicago White Sox.

Delmonico was acquired from Baltimore in exchange for reliever Francisco Rodriguez in late July 2013 and immediately was listed among the Brewers’ top prospects. The organization had a void at that position and it was hoped he would rise through the system and fulfill his potential.

But Delmonico missed minor-league camp last spring for what the Brewers termed “personal reasons.” He later reported to Class A Brevard County but played in only 37 games before being suspended. Delmonico was batting .262 with four homers, 15 RBI and a .300 OBP but hadn’t played since July 7 when his suspension was announced on July 28.

Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said Delmonico was released because the organization had lost contact with him.

“We couldn’t contact him,” said Nichols. “He wouldn’t return calls. We couldn’t find him.

“With all the maintenance, we didn’t feel like he was a major-league prospect. So, the work wasn’t worth it. It was too much to deal with. There was a lot going on there.”

As for Delmonico signing with the White Sox, Nichols said, “I hope it works out for him. Maybe this woke him up.”

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, milwaukee

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 24 through 19

Can the Yankees compete with the large market teams?

Due for a better year: Rodriguez? CC Sabathia? Carlos Beltran? Take your old, injured veteran and project better numbers. And then go buy a lottery ticket.

Due for a worse year: Did Miller turn the corner in 2014? After averaging 5.3 walks per nine innings over his career, he lowered that to 2.5 while striking out a dominant 14.9 per nine. The Yankees forked over a lot of money to get the big lefty and now he and Betances could make for the best one-two relief punch in the majors if Miller replicates his 2014 success.

I’m just the messenger: Can the Yankees get 90 starts from Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda? Those three combined for just 41 last season, although Tanaka and Pineda pitched some sweet baseball when healthy. All are major health risks, of course, but keep this in mind as well: The Yankees are losing some quality starts from 2014. Kuroda, McCarthy, Greene and Phelps combined for 77 starts and a solid 3.68 ERA. Even if those guys stay healthy they may not be any better than that rate of production.

The final word: The Yankees have been outscored each of the past two years, although they managed to finish over .500 both seasons. While a lot of people are pointing to a healthier rotation and better seasons from some of the veterans as reasons the Yankees will contend this year, I turn that around and say: Who’s a good bet to improve? The only thing I’m sure of is the Yankees will have better defense at shortstop. I’m taking the under .500—for the first time since 1992.

Prediction: 78-84

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 10, 2015 at 06:57 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, david schoenfield, marlins, rays, reds, white sox, yankees

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Crew remains in market for bullpen help | brewers.com

We are now into the cheap reliever signing period of the off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, free agents

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Report: Brewers discussing trade for closer Jonathan Papelbon

Doug Melvin Develops Dementia;Local Fan Provides Diagnosis.

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: January 24, 2015 at 07:22 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, papelbon, phillies

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brewers committed to Jimmy Nelson, so scratch Jordan Zimmermann | FOX Sports

As Melvin told me: “Jimmy Nelson is in the rotation.”

OK, then.

So, it appears the Brewers will enter the 2015 season with Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Nelson.

No Zimmermann. No James Shields, either.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2015 at 06:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, jimmy nelson

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sources: Rangers acquire RHP Gallardo in trade with Brewers | FOX Sports

The deal sends Gallardo to Texas in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, right-hander Corey Knebel, and right-hander Marcos Diplan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 07:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trades

Friday, January 16, 2015

Congrats to Hank the Ballpark Pup, your 2014 Dog of the Year award winner

Beat out Paris Hilton, I gather.

One year ago, Hank was cold and alone—a stray pup who had wandered into the Brewers’ Spring Training facility looking for a place to sleep. Days later, Hank not only had found a family in the Brewers organization, but he had become an Internet sensation who was loved all around the world…

By the end of the year, he had helped raise over $130,000 for the Humane Society… On Thursday night, the pup finished his magical year with the airing of the World Dog Awards…

when it came time to award the Golden Fire Hydrant for Dog of the Year, well, there was only one option.

 

 

The District Attorney Posted: January 16, 2015 at 11:46 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

ESPN: Jonathan Lucroy To Washington

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is making an unexpected road trip to Washington. It has nothing to do with playing the Nationals. It’s not often that a ballplayer gets to attend a State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of a U.S. senator.

So when the office of Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin called with an invite to sit in on President Barack Obama’s speech next week as recognition for the All-Star’s charitable work, Lucroy accepted the opportunity.
.  .  .
A fan favorite in Milwaukee, the 28-year-old Lucroy makes regular visits to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and has served as a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Brewers Community Foundation charitable activities.

Lucroy is especially active with organizations associated with the military and veterans, including the Honor Flight Network, which brings World War II veterans to Washington. Lucroy met Johnson’s chief of staff during an Honor Flight visit from Milwaukee in November.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Deal of a lifetime, or Milwaukee marketing ploy?

PreservedFish asked, “What would have to occur in order to make this a good investment?” Well…

The Brewers are offering, for the (perhaps) low, low price of $1,000, a Timeless Ticket, redeemable for any Brewers regular season or postseason game in 2015 or any year beyond…

the ticket that you bought for $1,000 is worth $723 if you have 30 years to use it. It’€™s worth $923 if you have 50 years. Or maybe it’€™s $537 if you have 15 years… What’€™s in the fine print appears to be where the money really is.

In addition, Timeless Ticket holders may purchase up to three additional companion tickets for the redeemed game at the single-game box office price... Since you’€™re only buying these at face value, let’€™s say you’€™re paying only $300 plus inflation for them… if you and your partner value them at face value each, $300 present dollars, you’€™d only need a 10/17 chance of the World Series coming to Milwaukee—€”18 Brewers seasons. If you get the $1,000 secondary market price worth of value from being at Miller Park for that game, you’€™d only need a 10/31 chance, which the Brewers theoretically have in the next eight years…

That was all before Tuesday’€™s additional promotion, which says you can get a ticket to any nine regular season games of your choosing, Opening Day excluded… So it’€™s almost as if you’€™re paying $775 for the same package as long as you were going to go to nine games anyway…

So I wouldn’€™t be too quick to dismiss the value of these, but if I were buying, I’€™d probably make calls to ask a lot more questions, both at the box office and the doctor’€™s office.

The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2015 at 03:04 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Additional Benefits to Brewers Timeless Ticket Announced

Doug Melvin: “I decided a long time ago that I had to find an adult. A very rich, extravagant adult, to whom I could tell all my most precious roster-making secrets.”

The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced… The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.

This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050, or whether it’s Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series. Plus, the package now includes ticket vouchers to attend nine additional Brewers regular season games of the owner’s choice (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).

The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2015 at 02:18 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, business

Saturday, January 10, 2015

These three NL teams will make a leap in 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Tracy Ringolsby Article

The Dodgers should be able to keep pace with last year. The Brewers, though, will probably be heading in the other direction.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2015 at 09:53 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, dodgers, marlins, predictions

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Always innovating, Melvin open to new outfield alignments | MLB.com

Doug Melvin, innovator.

Melvin was ahead of his sport’s metric timeline. The Brewers began extensive shifting, including for right-handed batters, in 2004, when manager Ned Yost shared his boss’s foresight.
“Yost was very open-minded,” Melvin recalled of the American League champion Royals’ current skipper. “We had enough data to prove the shift worked against certain hitters. We were one of the first to put three guys on the left side of second base for right-handed hitters. A lot of teams wouldn’t do it. Hey, any way you can gain an edge defensively. So we did some different things; the shift is interesting, like playing zone defense in the NBA.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2014 at 08:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, defensive shifts, doug melvin

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Monday, November 03, 2014

Adam Lind and Baseball’s Worst Position | FanGraphs Baseball

Will Lind solve the Brewers hole at first base?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada

Brewers optimistic Ryan Braun is making progress after thumb procedure

Braun was a far cry from the offensive superstar who averaged 34 home runs and 107 RBI while batting .313 over a six-year period from 2007-‘12.
...
The Brewers have a huge financial stake in Braun being able to return to his previous form as a hitter. After next season, during which he has a $12 million salary, a five-year, $105 million extension kicks in that carries through 2020, with a mutual option for 2021 worth at least $15 million more.

That financial commitment is huge for the club even if Braun is productive. If he is not, it becomes an albatross that would make it more difficult for the Brewers to compete.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 03, 2014 at 09:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, ryan braun

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Brewers, Blue Jays Swap Adam Lind, Marco Estrada

The Cheesehead Nightingale?

The Brewers have acquired 1B/OF Adam Lind from the Blue Jays, possibly pending physicals, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish tweets. SportsNet.ca’s Ben Nicholson-Smith initially reported the two sides were close to a deal. The Jays will receive righty Marco Estrada in return, Andrew Walker of Sports590.ca tweets.

The Blue Jays exercised Lind’s $7.5MM option on Lind earlier today, and Lind’s contract also includes a 2016 option for $8MM, or a $500K buyout… Lind hit .321/.381/.479 in 290 plate appearances this season, but the Jays’ acquisition of another lefty first baseman, Justin Smoak, last week was a possible indication that they were planning for Lind’s departure…

Estrada posted a 4.36 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 for the Brewers in 2014. He’s entering his last season of arbitration eligibility (in which he’s projected to make $4.7MM) before he can become a free agent… The Blue Jays currently appear mostly set in their rotation, particularly after picking up J.A. Happ‘s option last night, so Estrada could be ticketed for the bullpen.

The District Attorney Posted: November 01, 2014 at 02:27 PM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: adam lind, blue jays, brewers, marco estrada, trades, transactions

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Attanasio discusses Brewers collapse, changes coming for 2015

the brewers owner had some frank things to say over the weekend

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 28, 2014 at 03:11 PM | 127 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee

Friday, September 26, 2014

Brewers Eliminated; Fans Left With Sheets Of Useless Playoff Tickets

The rare article I post because of a comment: “This is different from years ago, when Sheets was left with useless Brewers.”

The Milwaukee Brewers spent 150 days in first place this season, but they did not make the playoffs: the team was officially eliminated after yesterday’s 5-3 loss to the Reds. Milwaukee’s collapse provided us with Brewers fans taking sad photos of their now-meaningless postseason tickets. It’s not your fault, Hank the dog.

The District Attorney Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:48 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, playoffs

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by pitch

Stanton immediately fell to the ground in the batter’s box at Milwaukee’s Miller Park and never stood back up as medical personnel tended to him and ultimately placed him into an ambulance while on a stretcher.

Scary stuff in Milwaukee. Also:

Umpires ruled that Stanton swung at the pitch as his body spun in an attempt to get out the way of the ball. Reed Johnson then took Stanton’s at-bat over, and Fiers then hit Johnson in the hand with a pitch high and inside.

Hopefully, this will be remembered in the end as the at-bat where a pitcher recorded a strikeout while hitting two batters in the plate appearance, and not as a turning point in Stanton’s career or life.

It's a shame about Athletic Supporter Posted: September 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM | 91 comment(s)
  Beats: beanballs, brewers, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Skunked Brew: The Bizarre Implosion of Milwaukee’s Playoff Hopes

That is what the Brewers looked like over the weekend, and what they’ve looked like over the past month. They look as though they are outside themselves, watching their play deteriorate and feeling that they are somehow responsible, but not able to quite figure out why and how. “We’re not doing good,” said Milwaukee All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez, who on Sunday got his first at-bat in a week after injuring his wrist. “That’s no excuse, you know. We’re not playing like a team. We just put it in the past and come tomorrow and win the fucking game.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: September 11, 2014 at 03:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Brewers as an Inning

an interesting view of the brewers last several weeks.  two games stick out.  the 3-2 loss in san diego where the brewers were looking squeak one out only to have the bullpen throw it away.  and then the 9-1 blowout against the cards where the crew looked like they were in a daze the entire game.

i know most figure milwaukee are just finding their ‘true talent level’.  that is one possibly true

but if you actually watched the games you didn’t see anything but a group of players who not only performed as if the game was somewhat strange to them but that they hardly knew one another.  there has been little to no coordinated effort other than to be inept.

it’s been tough to watch.  to not even be competitive most nights

Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 10, 2014 at 09:08 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, collapse, milwaukee, ron roenicke

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Baer: Jonathan Lucroy has broken the doubles record for catchers

With a first-inning double in tonight’s game against the Cardinals, his 48th of the season, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy broke the doubles record for catchers, per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter. Ivan Rodriguez held the record previously, doubling 47 times in 1996 though two of those doubles were hit as a DH. 41 of Lucroy’s 48 doubles have been hit when he has been in the lineup as a catcher (six at first base, one at DH)...

he entered the night with a .299/.366/.476 slash line along with 13 home runs and 62 RBI.

The District Attorney Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:01 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, catchers, history, ivan rodriguez, jonathan lucroy, records

Cards, Brewers Exchange Words After Last Out

This Unlikable Catcher Brushed Up Against This Fiery Closer While Walking Off The Field.  You Won’t Believe What Happens Next.

Guapo Posted: September 06, 2014 at 08:37 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: aj pierogi, brawls, brewers, cardinals, francisco rodriguez

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