Aoki trade reaction: Friday's Frosty Mug

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

We're gathering notes on the winter's biggest trade and more in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

Some things to read while finding someone who cares.

We are 70 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale, which means the clubhouse attendants have a little more than two months to replace Norichika Aoki's locker with one for Will Smith. The Brewers traded Aoki for the young lefty yesterday, ending ongoing speculation about his role with the team.

If you're not familiar with Smith, we've got a quick introduction for you. And yes, he's heard all of your Fresh Prince jokes. Go ahead and get them all out of the way. You guys are all so original and clever.

Instead of talking about Smith's name, I think he'd prefer we talk about his slider. Mark Simon of ESPN and Alec have great notes on it in our two-part Tweet of the Day:

As you might expect, we've got much more on the deal from around the web:

Smith, by the way, is on Twitter as @White_Willy31.

If nothing else, the Aoki trade took most of our minds off of Corey Hart free agency stories for a while. Derek Harvey of The Book of Gorman predicted Hart's new contract will be one year for about $5-6 million, with incentives that could more than double its value.

Meanwhile, there continues to be almost no chance the Brewers would consider trading Carlos Gomez, 2013's most valuable Brewer. Jonah Keri of Grantland wrapped up his trade value rankings yesterday and has Gomez as the 33rd most valuable player in all of baseball.

Gomez was also second on Brian Creagh of Fake Teams' ranking of fantasy players on the 2014 Brewers. Ryan Braun, as you may have expected, was #1.

In the minors:

  • Irving Falu went 1-for-6 with a triple and scored a run in Mayaguez's 4-3, 12 inning win over Carolina in Puerto Rico last night (box score). Martin Maldonado went 0-for-5 with a walk in the game.
  • Meanwhile in the Dominican Republic, Elian Herrera went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Oriente's 4-3 loss to Este (box score). Jason Rogers went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI for the victors.

Juan Francisco's winter ball season may be over, as he hasn't appeared in a game for Licey since November 26. Curt Hogg of Disciples of Uecker has a look at Francisco's past and potential future as a Brewer.

Back in Milwaukee, this weekend is the Brewers' annual Clubhouse Sale, and John Steinmiller and Caitlin Moyer have a preview.

Around baseball:

Cubs: Forfeited their 2013 Rule 5 draft pick to the Phillies to settle a grievance over 2011 Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo.
Dodgers: Re-signed reliever Brian Wilson to a one-year, $10 million contract with a player option for 2015.
Marlins: Signed infielder Rafael Furcal to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
Orioles: Signed pitcher Ryan Webb to a two-year, $4.5 million contract.
Phillies: Signed pitcher Jeff Manship to a minor league deal.
Rangers: Signed pitchers Jose Contreras and Nate Adcock and outfielder Bryan Petersen to minor league deals.
Red Sox: Signed reliever Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million contract.
Twins: Designated pitcher Liam Hendricks for assignment.
White Sox: Signed reliever Ronald Belisario to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Today in former Brewers:

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to Seattle Pilot Freddie Velasquez. He turns 76.

Today is also the third anniversary of the Brewers acquiring Shaun Marcum from the Blue Jays in 2010 and the 37th anniversary of the Brewers acquiring Cecil Cooper from the Red Sox in 1976. We covered those events in Today In Brewer History last year and two years ago, respectively.

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time to make a change.

Drink up.

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