Friday's Frosty Mug: Big Day For Braun

Jamie Squire

As offseason days go, Ryan Braun had a pretty good one yesterday.

Some things to read while sneaking in a snack.

Award season continued last night with some good news for the Brewers, as Ryan Braun won his fifth consecutive Silver Slugger Award after leading the NL in home runs, runs scored, total bases and OPS. Braun is only the fourth Brewer outfielder ever to win the award and obviously the first to do it five times. Rob Neyer noted that Braun (who turns 29 next week) and Derek Jeter (who is 38) now have won the award the same number of times.

Braun, by the way, is the only current Brewer on For Baseball Junkies' updated Brewer All-Time Team. He's also one of three Brewers nominated for a Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award.

Depending on who you ask, this might actually be bigger Braun news: Yesterday Busted Coverage broke the news that Braun is engaged to lingerie model Larisa Fraser. Miller Park Drunk, of course, has the reaction.

Today in free agency:

Veras, by the way, was the subject of Nate's MVBrewers Honorable Mention post yesterday. We've still got a couple of posts left in that part of the series, and the next one will run at 2 today.

Nyjer Morgan is also a free agent this winter, inspiring Tyler Maas of The A.V. Club Milwaukee to look back at his best moments with the Brewers.

Having your top prospects continue to refine their game in winter ball always seems like a good idea until something like this happens: Jean Segura was lifted from last night's game in the Dominican Republic after being hit by pitches twice. That's all we know at this point, hopefully it's nothing serious.

Elsewhere in the minors:

The Brewers continued their 2013 bobblehead announcements yesterday with another notable alum: They'll be giving out Gorman Thomas bobbles to all fans to attend the Sunday, September 1 game against the Angels.

I might try to go to Miller Park for some of this year's bobblehead games, but I can assure you I won't be there on this day: Country star Kenny Chesney will play Miller Park on May 18 as part of his "No Shoes Nation" tour, which will also feature Eric Church, the Eli Young Band and Kasey Musgraves.

Around baseball:

Angels: Signed pitcher Mitch Stetter to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Blue Jays: Signed infielder Maicer Izturis to a three year, $9 million deal with a club option for 2016, acquired pitcher Jeremy Jeffress from the Royals for cash and designated pitcher Scott Maine for assignment.
Indians: Signed pitcher Hector Rondon and infielder Luis Hernandez to minor league deals with invitations to spring training.
Marlins: Named Tino Martinez as their new hitting coach.
Phillies: Avoided arbitration with infielder Kevin Frandsen (one year, $850,000 plus incentives).
Rangers: Acquired pitcher Tommy Hottovy from the Royals for a PTBNL and cash.
Reds: Pitcher Bill Bray and infielder Wilson Valdez have refused outright assignments to the minors and are now free agents.

Because of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, we're a little closer to spring training than we'd typically be at this point. The Brewers haven't made their spring training schedule official yet, but the Astros have announced that they already have a game on February 23.

Today in former Brewers:

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to write about everything else.

Drink up.

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