Player News - Brewers

Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chamberlain, 31, put up a solid 2.25 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over 20 relief innings for the Indians last season but got released around midseason and didn't catch on anywhere else. He'll have to pitch his way onto the Opening Day roster again but has a decent shot at a middle relief job.
Jan 20 - 5:46 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are interested in adding a right-handed hitting first baseman and have discussed Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, among others.

The Marlins have Justin Bour to start at first base against right-handers, but they'd like to add a bat to platoon with him. It seems likely that Carter will be seeking a full-time job following a 41-homer season, although his market has been very quiet to this point. Reynolds had a nice season in Colorado in 2016 (.282/.356/.450) but would surely be more receptive to a platoon role.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

Brewers signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million contract.

There are some performance incentives in the deal that could push it to $6.85 million. Feliz will open the 2017 season as the Brewers' closer if everything goes smoothly this spring. A former ninth-inning man for the Rangers, the 28-year-old right-hander posted a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 frames last summer in a setup role with Pittsburgh.
Jan 19 - 12:19 PM

Chris Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he's discussed his client with the Orioles and Rangers.

The A's have been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Carter, but Stewart said he hasn't had any talks with them. The Rangers might no longer be a fit, either, if they're able to complete a contract with Mike Napoli as expected. Baltimore does make sense as a landing spot for Carter, although the Orioles still would like to re-sign Mark Trumbo. Stewart noted that he doesn't expect Carter to sign with any club anytime soon.
Jan 15 - 12:15 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers are nearing a deal with Neftali Feliz.

Feliz rebuilt his value by having a nice season with the Pirates in 2016 in which he posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. Given the current state of the Brewers' bullpen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Feliz get a real shot at the closer's role. The 28-year-old owns 99 career saves, including seasons of 40 and 32 saves with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011.
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Chase Anderson requested $2.85 million and was offered $2.45 million by the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projected the right-hander to earn $3.1 in arbitration, so it seems the Brewers may be getting a discount either way. The 29-year-old went 9-11 with a 4.39 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 120/53 K/BB ratio across 151 2/3 innings in 2016.
Jan 13 - 9:55 PM

Brewers and RHP Carlos Torres avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.175 million contract.

Torres held a 2.73 ERA out of the Brewers' bullpen last season. He was eligible for arbitration for the second time.
Jan 13 - 2:46 PM

Brewers and RHP Wily Peralta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.275 million contract.

He's getting a sizable raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility even though he spent a chunk of 2016 in the minors. Peralta holds a career 4.18 ERA over parts of five seasons.
Jan 13 - 2:32 PM

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Junior Guerra will not pitch in the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs as he had previously said he would.

Guerra had planned to make two starts for Tiburones de La Guaira, but the Brewers have talked him out of it, thinking it would be unwise after the righty had elbow issues in the second half. The righty posted a 2.81 ERA over 20 starts for the Brewers last season.
Jan 13 - 11:40 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that four teams remain engaged on free agent slugger Chris Carter.

Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said just prior to the holidays that he expected things to heat up with his client once Edwin Encarnacion signed. That hasn't happened and now the belief is that the market is waiting on Mark Trumbo and Jose Bautista. Carter tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for first in the NL with 41 homers in 2016, but he became a free agent last month after being non-tendered by the Brewers.
Jan 10 - 2:29 PM

Brewers signed 1B Cody Decker to a minor league contract.

Decker spent time in three different organizations last year, advancing as high as Triple-A. He made his big league debut for the Padres in 2015, going hitless with five strikeouts in 11 at-bats. Decker turns 30 later this month.
Jan 7 - 4:55 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Neftali Feliz is among the relievers the Dodgers are considering.

Feliz had a nice bounce-back season in Pittsburgh last year, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 relief innings. He'll turn just 29 in May and might be able to land a multi-year contract this offseason. Feliz would help set up for Kenley Jansen in Los Angeles.
Jan 6 - 5:52 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Giants are not in active discussions with the Brewers regarding Ryan Braun.

The Giants make sense as a possible landing spot for Braun given that they're contenders and have a perceived opening in left field. However, they appear committed at this point to platooning Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson at the position. Morosi also notes that the Dodgers could be a potential fit for Braun, but they're focused right now on trading for Brian Dozier. There's been very little chatter this winter about trade scenarios involving the Brewers' slugger.
Jan 6 - 5:42 PM

Chris Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he expects things to heat up with his client once Edwin Encarnacion signs.

Yes, Dave Stewart is working as an agent again after being fired as Diamondbacks general manager. Encarnacion is the big fish in the market with a lot of dominoes among first base/designated hitter/outfielder-types. Stewart says that he's received calls from multiple teams on Carter, but there's been "no real commitment." The veteran slugger was surprisingly non-tendered earlier this month after tying for the National League lead with 41 homers this past season.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 01:28:00 PM

Brewers re-signed RHP Hiram Burgos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Burgos posted a 4.40 ERA in 143 1/3 innings this past summer with the Brewers' Triple-A team. He will probably be shifted back onto that Colorado Springs roster sometime in March. Burgos, 29, hasn't made an appearance in a major league game since the 2013 season.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 01:43:00 PM


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