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Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers re-signed RHP Hiram Burgos to a minor league contract.

He should be invited to spring training. The Brewers released Burgos last September, but the righty has opted to return. He held a 6.50 ERA with 20 strikeouts over 18 innings at Triple-A last season after returning from shoulder surgery.
Jan 30 - 1:13 PM

Brewers designated INF/OF Elian Herrera for assignment.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for the addition of Neal Cotts. Herrera batted .274/.288/.341 over 140 plate appearances for the Brew Crew last season while making appearances at six different positions. The 30-year-old can't really hit, but he could draw some interest on waivers due to his versatility.
Jan 30 - 11:03 AM

Brewers signed LHP Neal Cotts to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal has become official after Cotts passed a physical (which was no cinch given the four surgeries he's had on his right hip). The left-handed reliever boasts a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings across the last two seasons. He's not just a southpaw specialist, as Cotts is capable versus righties.
Jan 30 - 11:01 AM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers have reached an agreement with Neal Cotts.

He'll get a one-year contract, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying it will be for $3 million. Cotts is coming off back-to-back terrific seasons with the Rangers, putting up a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings. He should be able to pick up some of the left-handed relief slack following the departures of Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny.
Jan 29 - 7:27 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers "have been talking with" Neal Cotts.

Haudricourt adds that he's "not sure" if a deal between the two sides is close. Cotts has been fantastic the last two years with the Rangers, posting a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings. The southpaw reliever will turn 35 in March.
Jan 29 - 7:10 PM

The Blue Jays have been in contact with the representatives for Francisco Rodriguez, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Casey Janssen signed with the Nationals in free agency, guaranteeing that the Jays will need to look elsewhere to find saves next year. Morosi said the club is also talking to reps for Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop, so they're keeping their options open. The Brewers are another team that has been linked to K-Rod in recent days.
Jan 28 - 10:42 PM

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


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