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The Brewers announced Wednesday that they have extended the contract of GM David Stearns and promoted him to president of baseball operations and general manager.

Stearns has done exceptional work in his three years as the Brewers' GM, so the extension and promotion seem well deserved. The 34-year-old was hired in August 2015 after previously working in the front offices of the Indians and Astros.
Jan 23 - 11:49 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Brewers have interest in bringing back free agent southpaw Wade Miley.

The 32-year-old southpaw was terrific for the Brewers last season, posting a 2.57 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 50/27 K/BB ratio across his 80 2/3 innings. At the right cost, he could add some much-needed depth to the Brewers' rotation.
Jan 19 - 6:47 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Phillies maintain interest in free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

As Heyman notes though, their interest in Moustakas is likely entirely reliant on how their pursuit of Manny Machado turns out. The 30-year-old slugger hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 homers and 95 RBI in 152 games between the Royals and Brewers in 2018.
Jan 19 - 6:32 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Curtis Granderson fully intends to continue his playing career in 2019.

There have been some whispers about retirement over the past couple of years, but Granderson isn't ready to walk away just yet. However, like many free agents around the game, he's still waiting for the right offer. Granderson turns 38 in March and batted .241/.351/.431 with 13 home runs over 403 plate appearances between the Blue Jays and Brewers in 2018. He could make for a useful left-handed bat for someone, most likely in a bench role.
Jan 15 - 3:22 PM

Brewers signed C Yasmani Grandal to a one-year, $16 million contract with a $16 million mutual option for 2020.

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports says the buyout of the option is $2.25 million, so Grandal is guaranteed at least $18.25 million. Grandal ultimately settling for a one-year contract is jarring, but for fantasy purposes it's an excellent landing spot. No catcher has hit more home runs over the last three seasons and the 30-year-old is a great bet for big power numbers again while he plays his home games at Miller Park.
Jan 14 - 3:54 PM

Brewers and RHP Zach Davies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

Davies was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Injuries limited him to 13 starts last season.
Jan 11 - 3:53 PM

Brewers and INF Travis Shaw avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.675 million contract.

It's a well-earned healthy raise. Shaw was eligible for arbitration for the first time after slugging 30 home runs in each of his first two seasons in Milwaukee.
Jan 11 - 3:52 PM

Brewers and C Manny Pina avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with a club option for 2020.

It's Pina's first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll work in a backup role in 2019 after the Brewers brought aboard Yasmani Grandal.
Jan 11 - 1:50 PM

Brewers and RHP Junior Guerra avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.225 million contract.

Guerra gets a nice salary bump in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He'll compete for a rotation spot in 2019.
Jan 11 - 1:49 PM

Brewers and LHP Alex Claudio avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.275 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time. Claudio was acquired via trade from the Rangers last month.
Jan 11 - 1:27 PM

Brewers and RHP Corey Knebel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.125 million contract.

He was eligible for arbitration for the second time. Knebel had an up-and-down 2018, but he finished strong and is set to open 2019 as the Brewers' closer again.
Jan 11 - 10:52 AM

Brewers signed RHP Burch Smith to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Smith posted a 6.92 ERA over 32 relief appearances and six starts for the Royals in 2018, although he did strike out a batter per inning. He'll compete for a swingman job but figures to start the season in the minors.
Jan 11 - 10:28 AM

Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) told MLB Network Radio that he expects to be ready to go by spring training.

"That's the goal," Nelson said. "I'm on track to throw my bullpens like normal." Nelson missed all of the 2018 season with his shoulder injury, despite reports that he would be ready by midseason. He was the Brewers best starter for most of the 2017 season before picking up the injury on a slide into first base, and if he's back to that pitcher for Milwaukee in 2019, it's going to be a huge boost for the Brewers.
Jan 10 - 4:27 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have signed free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth $18.25 million guaranteed, per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. And it is a stunner. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier this winter, but his market must have completely bottomed out after that. He'll take a one-year payday from the Brewers and look to put up big-time offensive numbers at Milwaukee's power-friendly Miller Park before hitting free agency again at age 31. Grandal posted a strong .815 OPS with 24 home runs over 140 games with the Dodgers last season.
Jan 9 - 11:05 PM

According to MLB.com's Jon Morosi, the White Sox and Phillies are monitoring the Mike Moustakas market.

It sounds like Moustakas is the fallback plan for each club should Manny Machado sign elsewhere. Morosi also pegs the Padres as a "potential suitor" for Moustakas, or a potential trade destination for Maikel Franco if the Phillies wind up landing Machado -- believed to be their top target, even ahead of Bryce Harper. Moustakas, 30, batted .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 162 games last year between the Royals and Brewers.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 8 - 8:38 PM


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