Player News - Brewers

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Brewers pitching prospect Phil Bickford has been suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Bickford tested positive for marijuana before the 2015 Draft and has evidently tested positive twice more since turning pro. Acquired from Giants at the deadline in the Will Smith deal, Bickford posted a 2.92 ERA and 135/42 K/BB ratio over 120 innings between Low- and High-A in 2016.
Dec 9 - 5:08 PM

Keon Broxton pleaded no contest Monday to his trespassing charge.

A pre-trial deal was reached. Broxton was involved in an incident in November in which he refused to leave an area following a fight despite numerous warnings from police. It seems unlikely that Broxton will face any sort of discipline from Major League Baseball.
Dec 9 - 11:36 AM

Brewers selected RHP Matt Ramsey from the Marlins in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Ramsey registered a 1.99 ERA, 1.059 WHIP, and 29/9 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings this summer in the Marlins' organization, topping out at Double-A Jacksonville. The 27-year-old right-hander could work his way into the Milwaukee bullpen at some point in 2017.
Dec 8 - 2:08 PM

Steve Geltz has elected free agency.

Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs over the weekend. While he has elected to become a free agent rather than accept that assignment, the possibility remains that he could re-up with the Brewers prior to spring training. The club initially picked the 29-year-old right-hander up off waivers from the Rays at the end of November. He pitched to a rough 5.74 ERA in 26 2/3 frames with Tampa Bay last season.
Dec 7 - 6:50 PM

Brewers general manager David Stearns said that Kirk Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery after the close of the 2016 season.

Nerve release surgeries and sports hernia surgeries are similar, but the good news for Nieuwenhuis is that the former has a speedier recovery attached to it. He initially injured his abdomen in mid-September. It would appear that the 29-year-old outfielder is on track for spring training barring a setback.
Dec 7 - 6:37 PM

Josh Pennington had a bone chip removed from his elbow after the conclusion of the season.

The Brewers acquired Pennington from the Red Sox as part of their trade of Tyler Thornburg earlier this week. The 21-year-old right-hander pitched to a 2.29 ERA with a 71/40 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings in Low-A last season. His rehab status and readiness for spring training should clarify in the coming weeks.
Dec 7 - 6:33 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have "called on" free agent Chris Carter.

Milwaukee made a surprise decision to non-tender Carter last week and now he stands to find a decent market for himself after slugging 41 homers for the Brewers in 2016. The bat would obviously play well at Camden Yards, and all across the American League East.
Dec 6 - 4:09 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles may look at free agent slugger Chris Carter.

The recently non-tendered Carter would be a low-cost alternative to bringing back Mark Trumbo on a lucrative multi-year deal. Trumbo is reportedly aiming for a four-year deal in the range of $75-80 million. That might not be the best use of resources for Baltimore. Heyman names Jarrod Dyson, Carlos Gomez, and Curtis Granderson among the team's current outfield targets. They are monitoring Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley for catcher.
Dec 6 - 3:56 PM

Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed Tuesday that Jonathan Villar will mostly play second base in 2017.

The Brewers intend to play Travis Shaw at third base after picking him up from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal, so Villar is now in position to be the primary second base. He's already going into 2017 with a lot of momentum, but his multi-position eligibility should make him extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. As for Scooter Gennett, Stearns said that he will have to battle for playing time. It's also possible they'll try to trade him.
Dec 6 - 11:52 AM

Brewers acquired INF Maurico Dubon from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal.

The Red Sox have plenty of middle infielders as it is, so they were dealing from a position of strength here. Lauded for his athleticism, the 22-year-old Dubon batted .323/.379/.461 with six homers, 69 RBI, and 30 steals over 124 games this past season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He has primarily played shortstop in the minors, but it's worth noting that he saw some time in center field during the Arizona Fall League. He's the real find of the deal for Milwaukee.
Dec 6 - 11:14 AM

Brewers acquired RHP Josh Pennington from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg trade.

Pennington, a 29th round pick in 2014, has posted a 2.29 ERA and 71/40 K/BB ratio over his first 78 2/3 innings in pro ball. The Cape May, New Jersey native is still rather raw, but he has a big arm. He's an interesting pickup for rebuilding Milwaukee.
Dec 6 - 11:10 AM

Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. As a left-handed batter, he should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team.
Dec 6 - 11:07 AM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Travis Shaw has been traded to the Brewers.

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Brewers for a reliever, but we have yet to get the specifics involved. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS this past season. Parting with Shaw puts Pablo Sandoval in a position to reclaim third base, though Yoan Moncada could be ready for primetime before long. Shaw could take over at third base for Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar moving to second.
Dec 6 - 9:20 AM

Brewers sent RHP David Goforth outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The right-hander was designated for assignment last week but passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as organizational bullpen depth for the Brewers.
Dec 3 - 10:54 AM

Brewers sent RHP Steve Geltz outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The veteran right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Rays last week. This move temporarily removes him from the club's 40-man roster, though he's still expected to secure an invitation to spring training where he will compete for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
Dec 3 - 10:53 AM


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