Tuesday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read while bargaining.

If you're like me, you've spent at least 30 seconds in the last month asking yourself this question:

Now that Anthony Witrado has moved on, how can the Journal-Sentinel possibly replace his Brewer coverage?

As it turns out, they've found a way: Seven journalism students from Arizona State will spend their spring break covering the Brewers for the JS. They could pick seven ASU students at random and they'd likely outperform Witrado.

I mentioned yesterday that Doug Melvin spoke this weekend at SABR Day in Milwaukee. If you haven't heard enough about it yet, The Platoon Advantage has another look at his remarks.

In the minors:

Speaking of John Sickels, I'd like to take this opportunity to make a plug for his 2011 Baseball Prospect Book. It's the only prospect book I order every year, and it's shipping now.

Around baseball:

Braves: Signed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal.
Giants: Signed pitcher Josh Banks to a minor league deal.
Orioles: Signed pitcher Mark Hendrickson to a minor league deal.
Mariners: Signed pitcher Jamey Wright to a minor league deal.
Marlins: Signed third baseman Greg Dobbs to a minor league deal.
Mets: Avoided arbitration with outfielder Angel Pagan ($3.5 million).
Phillies: Signed pitcher Jason Grilli to a minor league deal.
White Sox: Signed shortstop Alexei Ramirez to a four year, $32.5 million contract extension through the 2015 season.
Yankees: Signed pitcher Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal.

Today in former Brewers:

  • Jerry Augustine, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner came together last week to help raise money for the baseball program at UW-La Crosse. The event sold over 1000 tickets.
  • The Golden Sombrero ranked Brett Lawrie as baseball's 29th best prospect.

Today in baseball economics: David Simmons of The Biz of Baseball has a look at the factors that come into play when setting MLB ticket prices.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

  • Nashville Sound Erick Almonte, who turns 33.
  • 1999 Brewer Rich Becker, who turns 39.
  • Oakland, WI native Billy Sullivan, who would have turned 136. Sullivan spent 13 seasons in the majors between 1899 and 1916 with the White Sox and two other teams.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm starting to remember.

Drink up.

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