Braun Named Jewish Player of the Year

Given there are only 14 Jewish players in the Major Leagues, this probably shouldn’t be a surprise, but Jewish Major Leaguers named Ryan Braun its player of the year on Wednesday. Jewish Major Leaguers is a non-profit organization based out of Massachusetts, so maybe it should be considered a small upset that Kevin Youkilis wasn’t […]

Brewers’ shopping After-Christmas sales?

Now that Christmas is over, there are still 30 free agent pitchers on the shelf…and 29 GM’s evaluating their worth (I’m assuming the Yankees are finally done adding starters). Here’s the list of who is still available: Erik Bedard, Paul Byrd. Aroldis Chapman, Bartolo Colon, Jose Contreras, Doug Davis, Shawn Estes, Jon Garland, Tom Glavine, […]

What the Brewers Need from Santa

We’ve already gotten the early gifts of Randy Wolf and LaTroy Hawkins, and while they’re nice to have, it’s a little like your grandma getting confused with some of the items on your wishlist and buying you “Free Willy” on DVD instead of “Kill Bill.” It resembles what you really wanted, and you’re not really […]

Minor Move Friday

Claudio Vargas passed his physical, making his one-year deal official. Per Tom Haudricourt, Vargas will make $900,000 in base salary, with a possible additional $400,000 in incentives. As I wrote a couple days ago, the additions of Vargas and LaTroy Hawkins mean there’s likely only one spot open in the pen to start the year […]

Figuring Out This Bullpen

Before we get into the business of breaking down the possible makeup of the 2010 bullpen, a bit of news: Mark DiFelice, who was non-tendered over the weekend, agreed to a minor league contract with the Crew so he can rehab with the team’s trainers with eyes set on the 2011 season. Considering similar arrangements […]

Narveson still on Brewers’ radar’s Tom Haudricourt posted that Doug Melvin has spent his 2010 budget already, so any pitching additions will likely be via the trade route or a low cost, last minute signing (same would be true for the last outfielder spot I imagine). But buried in the post was this quote from Melvin: “I said I’d […]

Monday’s signings leave 3 undecided roster spots for Brewers

With Monday’s signing of pitcher Randy Wolf and utility infielder Craig Counsell, Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin seems to only have three spots to fill to round out the 2010 25-man roster: 1. The last pitcher spot 2. A reserve infielder spot 3. A reserve outfielder spot 11 of 12 pitchers’ spots have been filled by […]

Brewers non-tender Mike Rivera…their only experienced catcher

Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin–along with skipper Ken Macha–opted not to bring back Mike Rivera by not offering him arbitration on Saturday, the deadline for doing so. Rivera now becomes a free agent. At first, I admit I was puzzled as to why you wouldn’t want to bring back at least one of the catchers that […]

McClung Told He’s Non-Tendered

As David hinted earlier today, many people had a feeling that Seth McClung was on thin ice, especially after the Brewers added LaTroy Hawkins and Chuck Lofgren to the roster this week. Turns out it was a pretty accurate feeling. Adam McCalvy is now reporting

Royals Sign Kendall

To a two-year deal estimated at $4 million, nonetheless. Good luck with that one. At least the Royals’ GRIT ratings are about to go through the roof. Sure, no one on the team can hit for power or even really get on base, but there’s sure going to be a lot of dirty uniforms and […]

Brewers’ non-tender decisions loom

The Brewers have 9 players currently on their 40-man roster that are arbitration eligible. With the addition of Lofgren, the Brewers’ roster sits at 39; with Randy Wolf and LaTroy Hawkins, the Crew needs to get rid of at least one player…but that does not need to be from the arbitration list. Still, offering arbitration […]

Hey Look, More Pitching

Despite reports from Tom Haudricourt last night that the Brewers were unlikely to make a selection in this morning’s Rule 5 draft, Doug Melvin added another arm to what’s quickly becoming a crowded bullpen. The Brewers selected left-handed pitcher Chuck Lofgren in the Major League phase of the draft (Adam McCalvy has the story and […]

Melvin Stays Busy, Inks Hawkins

And here we thought the Brewers would be content with signing Randy Wolf today. While Wolf is still the big news, he isn’t the only addition the team made today — the Brewers have also announced the signing of reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a 2-year, $7.5 million deal. Apparently, Hawkins chose the Brewers because they […]

Thoughts on the latest Brewers’ rumors

Tom Haudricourt of has posted three interesting player moves that the Brewers and GM Doug Melvin are looking at: Signing FA SP Randy Wolf to a 3-year deal Dealing SP Jeff Suppan to the Dodgers for OF Juan Pierre Trading OF Corey Hart to the Mets for SP John Maine Haudricourt notes that the […]