Monday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read from inside your Indestruct-O-Bubble.

So, with 24 days until pitchers and catchers report, the Brewers are expected to exchange arbitration figures today with their four remaining eligible players. Brewers Bar has predicted the figures he expects to see.

Another day, another series of updates on Ben Sheets:
  • As noted in the FanShots, the Mets have interest in Ben Sheets, which creates a scenario where the Brewers could lose two Type-A free agents and receive no first round picks in return.
  • Jeff Moore of Dugout Central thinks Sheets' best fits are in Texas or back in Milwaukee, but predicts Sheets will be a Met.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting the Phillies are also interested in Sheets, but the Cafardo rule applies: until someone else reports it, take it with a grain of salt.
Last week it was noted in the FanShots that Randall Simon was going to try out for the Brewers as part of their annual tryout camp. Buried in Tom H's story is a note mentioning that Mark Bellhorn and Robert Fick also tried out, but none were signed.

Elsewhere in free agency, the Brewers are reportedly considering making an offer to Chad Cordero, who is recovering from a torn labrum. The Grand National Championships has a deeper look at torn labrums and wonders why Cordero appears to be rushing his.

Let's take a look around the world of rankings:
  • Mike Cameron was the eighth best defensive center fielder in baseball in 2008 according to Tiger Tales, saving four runs above average.
  • Corey Hart, on the other hand, was only the 13th best defensive right fielder, and cost the Brewers a run.
  • J.J. Hardy is the seventh best fantasy shortstop in the NL for 2009, according to FakeTeams.
  • And around the minors:
    • Jonathan Mayo of MiLB.com ranked Jeremy Jeffress as the #44 prospect in all of minor league baseball. Follow the link for a brief profile. (also noted in FanShots)
    • As of this writing, Brent Brewer leads Cody Scarpetta by seven votes and Alexandre Periard by 15 votes in the balloting for the 17th and final spot in our Community Prospect Rankings. You have until noon today to cast your ballot.
    Also, if you haven't yet, be sure to add your two cents to the BCB Community Projections for catcher. The thread for first base will open later today.

    Looking for the opportunity to get some college credit working for the Brewers this summer? The team is hiring Retail Merchandising Interns. It's an unpaid gig, but experience is experience.

    They're everywhere: In amidst pictures of inauguration preparations, carnage and puppies, the racing sausages make an appearance.

    On the hot stove:

    Cubs: Traded Felix Pie to the Orioles for Garrett Olson and a minor leaguer. (noted in FanShots)
    Indians: Signed Matt Herges and Jack Cassel to minor league deals. (h/t Crawfish Boxes)
    Marlins: Could be interested in Andruw Jones, if the Braves decide not to bring him back.
    Mets: Signed Casey Fossum to a minor league deal.
    Orioles: Signed Gregg Zaun to a one-year deal.
    Rangers: Could be interested in signing Omar Vizquel.

    It's probably safe to assume that the Cubs will be the odds-on favorite to win the NL Central when pitchers and catchers report in a little over three weeks, but they're already working to change that: There are concerns regarding Rich Harden's shoulder, and he's still "not close to throwing off a mound yet."

    Oh, and amidst rumors that XM Radio is in serious financial trouble, they've cancelled Charlie Steiner's The Baseball Beat, one of MLB Home Plate's better shows. (h/t 6-4-2) Hopefully XM can right the ship, because I'm pretty dependent on them for Brewer coverage while I'm away from home.

    Drink up.
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