Player News - Brewers

Date: Team: Pos:

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Brewers are getting close to a trade.

The club has been shopping dynamic outfielder Domingo Santana this offseason, but have yet to find a potential match in any deal. The Brewers have a logjam of outfielders, so making a move prior to the start of spring training seems like an inevitability.
Jan 21 - 5:44 PM

A report out of South Korea has indicated that Wei-Chung Wang has agreed to terms with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

Wang earned his way back onto the Brewers' 40-man roster this past season with a strong showing at Triple-A following a move to the bullpen, but he struggled in his brief time with the big club. The left-hander will turn just 26 in April.
Jan 19 - 10:26 AM

Brewers signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Frieri has pitched in just six games at the big-league level in the past two seasons, and spent most of 2017 in Triple-A for the Rangers and Mariner organization. The former Angels closer will likely provide organizational depth for Milwaukee in the 2018 campaign.
Jan 18 - 10:09 AM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) is slated to begin a throwing program on Friday.

Nelson is on his way back from shoulder surgery and wasn't originally expected to start throwing until spring training, so this qualifies as a pleasant surprise. The 28-year-old has thrown himself into his rehab process, including the acquisition of a hyperbaric chamber. "The volume and intensity of my workouts has been able to stay as high as possible," said Nelson. "I haven't had to take too many recovery days or too many easy days at the gym, because I'm not feeling super sore. There are things it's doing for me internally that I can't see. It's one of the many reasons my rehab has gone so well." Throwing on Friday is just the first step in a lengthy process, so there's no clear timetable on a return to game action, but this is obviously great news for the Brewers.
Jan 15 - 3:31 PM

Brewers signed 1B Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Choi will earn a base salary of $850,000 if he makes the big league roster and incentives could drive that figure as high as $1.5 million. The 26-year-old spent most of the 2017 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he slashed .288/.373/.538 with 15 homers and 69 RBI in just 87 games. He'll provide valuable insurance behind Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar.
Jan 14 - 9:44 PM

Brewers and INF/OF Hernan Perez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

The financial details aren't yet available. Perez was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Jan 12 - 3:14 PM

Brewers and INF Jonathan Villar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.55 million contract.

It was Villar's first year of arbitration eligibility. He batted a disappointing .241/.293/.372 last season.
Jan 12 - 2:20 PM

Brewers and RHP Jimmy Nelson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

It's a well-deserved salary bump for Nelson in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery in September.
Jan 12 - 1:46 PM

Brewers and RHP Corey Knebel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.65 million contract.

It's a well-deserved salary bump for Knebel, who had a dominant season in 2017 in his first year as the Brewers' closer. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
Jan 12 - 12:34 PM

Brewers signed RHP JJ Hoover to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Hoover was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks on December 1 after posting an uneven 3.92 ERA, 1.77 WHIP, and 54/26 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings out of the Arizona bullpen in 2017. He also struggled mightily with the Reds in 2016. This is mostly a depth signing for Milwaukee.
Jan 10 - 12:06 PM

Brewers re-signed LHP Nick Ramirez to a minor league contract.

Ramirez pulled off an astonishingly successful conversion from first baseman to relief pitcher last year in the minors, posting a 1.36 ERA in 79 1/3 innings between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs. If he can roll that into 2018, the 28-year-old southpaw will likely find a spot in the Milwaukee bullpen at some point. Ramirez was a fourth-round pick of the Brewers in 2011.
Jan 10 - 9:21 AM

Matt Garza will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Garza, who is currently a free agent, initially suffered the injury last June when he collided with teammate Jesus Aguilar. The veteran right-hander held a 3.83 ERA through his first eight starts last season before suffering the injury. He went on to post a 5.66 ERA the rest of the way. It's going to be a long rehab for the 34-year-old Garza, and this is something that could potentially end his career.
Jan 8 - 9:30 PM

Brewers signed C Christian Bethancourt to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bethancourt tried to convert from catcher to reliever in 2017 and struggled to an 8.21 ERA in 41 2/3 innings at Triple-A El Paso, the Pacific Coast League of the Padres. The Brewers plan to use him only at catcher, so it sounds like the pitching experiment is over.
Jan 8 - 2:47 PM

Brewers signed LHP Boone Logan to a one-year, $1.875 million contract with a $4.125 million club option for 2019.

The buyout for Logan's option is $625,000 and he can make up to $3.2 million more in incentives each season, so he's guaranteed at least $2.5 million and could make as much as $12.4 million. Logan missed a large chunk of 2017 with a strained lat muscle and posted a 4.71 ERA over 21 innings for the Indians, but he should be a useful bullpen piece for the Brewers if he can remain healthy.
Jan 5 - 4:55 PM

Jimmy Nelson said during an appearance on MLB Network on Tuesday that progress from his shoulder surgery "has been impressive."

Nelson's breakout 2017 came to an unfortunate end last September when he suffered a partial anterior labrum tear and a right rotator cuff strain on a dive into first base. The 28-year-old said Tuesday he's "pretty proud of how far I’ve come already," but he's not slated to resume throwing until spring training. As such, it's hard to pin down a timetable for his return. He's on track to have a late start on the season at the very least.
Jan 2 - 10:09 AM


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