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Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers sent 1B Hunter Morris outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Morris was moved off the Brewers' 40-man roster last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old remains organizational depth for Milwaukee.
Jan 26 - 1:23 PM

Brewers signed RHP Chris Leroux to a minor league contract.

Leroux allowed five earned runs in two innings last season for the Yankees and wasn't great at Triple-A. He probably won't be much of a factor with Milwaukee.
Jan 26 - 11:49 AM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers are considering bringing back free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez.

According to Haudricourt, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has had conversations in recent days with Scott Boras, the agent for K-Rod. It appears as if trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon have fallen apart and the team doesn't feel secure relying solely on Jonathan Broxton in the late innings. Rodriguez had a career resurgence in the Brewers bullpen in 2014, saving 44 games while posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 frames.
Jan 25 - 7:15 PM

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin reiterated Sunday that the team is not looking to add a starting pitcher after dealing Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers this week.

The team is committed to utilizing Jimmy Nelson as their fifth starter this season, and Melvin indicated that if the team did add another hurler it would be a "spot starter" type. The 25-year-old Nelson posted a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings at Triple-A Nashville in 2014 and makes for a very intriguing sleeper option in fantasy drafts this spring.
Jan 25 - 4:44 PM

Tyler Thornburg (elbow) has already begun throwing bullpen sessions.

Thornburg was diagnosed last August with "weakness" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he didn't have surgery and has been encouraged with his progress following a PRP injection. He expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it's usually just a matter of time that surgery is needed when the UCL is involved.
Jan 25 - 1:54 PM

Jim Henderson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound last week.

He's slated to have his first true bullpen sessions this week after surgery last August to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The Brewers referred to the operation as a "cleanup," but it's always worrisome when the labrum and rotator cuff are involved. However, Henderson is optimistic about being ready to go come Opening Day.
Jan 25 - 12:42 PM

Brewers signed LHP Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Willis, 33, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011. He has spent the last three seasons pitching in the Orioles, Angels, and Giants' organizations as well as Long Island and Bridgeport of the independent Atlantic League. This bid with the Brewers may be his last shot at a return to the majors.
Jan 21 - 11:13 AM

The Brewers are committed to using Jimmy Nelson in the starting rotation following the Yovani Gallardo trade.

Some have speculated that the Brewers will go after free agent right-hander James Shields or attempt to trade for Jordan Zimmerman, but GM Doug Melvin considers that unlikely. Nelson, 25, posted a 4.93 ERA and 57/19 K/BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings over 12 starts and two relief appearances last season. His peripherals indicated some untapped upside, so he's now worth considering as a sleeper in fantasy leagues.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 20 - 9:23 AM

Brewers designated 1B Hunter Morris for assignment.

They needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster after Monday's trade with the Rangers. Morris, 26, batted .279/.323/.448 with 11 homers over 356 Triple-A plate appearances last season.
Jan 19 - 8:48 PM

Brewers acquired RHP Marcos Diplan from the Rangers in the Yovani Gallardo trade.

Diplan was a highly-regarded international prospect out of the Dominican Republic and received a $1.3 million bonus from the Rangers in 2013. Known for his live arm, he posted a 1.54 ERA and 57/36 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings across 13 starts with the Rangers' Dominican Summer League club last year. He obviously has a long way to go, but there's quite a bit of upside here.
Jan 19 - 6:02 PM

Brewers acquired RHP Corey Knebel from the Rangers in the Yovani Gallardo trade.

Selected as a supplemental first-round pick of the Tigers in 2013, Knebel came over to the Rangers in the Joakim Soria deal last July. He was shut down in August with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but the injury didn't require surgery. The 23-year-old has been considered a future closer, but there's obviously some risk with his health right now.
Jan 19 - 6:00 PM

Brewers acquired INF Luis Sardinas and RHPs Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan from the Rangers for RHP Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations.

Sardinas was recently ranked as the Rangers' No. 7 prospect by Baseball America. The 21-year-old hit just .261/.303/.313 across 125 plate appearances as a rookie last season, but he makes contact and can play solid defense. He might not make it as a regular, but he can be a solid backup middle infielder at the very least.
Jan 19 - 5:59 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that the Brewers will acquire middle infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan from the Rangers in the Yovani Gallardo deal.

Passan hears that the deal is "done," but we're still waiting on an official announcement from the teams involved. Either way, it's a solid return for a pitcher on the decline. Known for his glove, the 21-year-old Sardinas appeared in 43 games with the Rangers last season and owns a .289/.336/.355 batting line in the minors. Knebel, 23, was a supplemental first-round pick of the Tigers in 2013 and could be a future closer if he can remain healthy. Diplan, 18, had a 1.54 ERA and 57/36 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings with the Rangers' Dominican Summer League team last year.
Jan 19 - 5:09 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Luis Sardinas could be included in a potential deal with the Brewers for Yovani Gallardo.

Rosenthal notes that the 21-year-old infielder has been offered in several other potential deals this offseason. It does not appear that the Brewers would be looking for rotation help in return, as they have a strong desire to insert Jimmy Nelson into their rotation for 2015.
Jan 18 - 10:25 PM

Brewers and OF Gerardo Parra avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2375 million contract.

It's right at the $6.4 million MLBTradeRumors.com projected Parra to earn in his final year of arbitration. It's a lot to pay for a fourth outfielder, but Parra should again be a useful player for the Brewers as a good defender with a solid .274/.326/.395 career batting line.
Jan 16 - 12:27 PM


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