Monday's Frosty Mug: No News Is No News

Scott Boehm

We're in the dry stretch of the 2012-13 offseason, but we're still talking about what we've learned lately in today's Brewer news roundup.

Some things to read while turning the tables.

If it feels like it's been a while since we've had Brewer news, it's because it has been: Brewerfan.net says the Brewers haven't made a transaction (except the 40-man roster additions) since signing Zack Kroenke on November 15. Even Adam McCalvy hasn't tweeted (not counting retweets) since lamenting the demise of Hostess on the 16th.

We'll continue to look ahead, though, as we slowly approach another transaction deadline: Jaymes Langrehr of Disciples of Uecker has a look at the decisions the Brewers will have to make when deciding whether or not to offer 2013 contracts to their five arbitration-eligible players. The most interesting choices pertain to Chris Narveson and Manny Parra.

Speaking of Parra, we profiled him on Friday as part of our Lesser Brewers series. His future with the organization remains uncertain, but a small sampling in an informal Twitter poll last night suggested he's more likely to be a 2013 Brewer than Zach Kroenke. Kroenke, by the way, is on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Lesser Brewers series continued this morning with a profile of Alex Gonzalez.

In free agency:

In the minors: Noted leisured gentleman Carson Cistulli of FanGraphs listed Brewer pitching farmhand Donovan Hand as one of the Venezuelan Winter League leaders in his SCOUT stat.

Around baseball:

Blue Jays: Are expected to hire former Orioles third base coach DeMarlo Hale as their new bench coach.
Phillies: Signed third baseman Josh Fields to a minor league deal.
Rays: Signed third baseman Evan Longoria to a $100 million contract extension to run through 2022.
Reds: Signed pitcher Todd Redmond to a one year, $490,000 deal.
Twins: Signed catcher/first baseman Jeff Clement to a minor league deal.

In former Brewers:

Today in baseball economics:

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the seventh anniversary of the Brewers signing Wily Peralta as a 16-year-old amateur free agent. Today also would have been 1901 Milwaukee Brewer Hugh Duffy's 146th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 29 career HBP are tied for the fourth most ever for a player born on November 26.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need a band aid.

Drink up.

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