Some things to read while getting a surprise haircut.
We are five days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and it's possible Ryan Braun won't talk to anyone during that time. Adam McCalvy notes that Braun didn't speak to reporters the day after issuing a statement on his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, although it's tough to tell what he could have helped by speaking again.
Meanwhile, here's what other people are saying about the situation:
- Hyatt found a post explaining the link between Braun's lawyers and Bosch: One of Braun's attorneys also represented a tennis player with known ties to the clinic.
- You can add Jeff Cirillo to the list of people who don't understand why Braun's lawyers would have associated their client with Bosch.
Tom Haudricourt has a video blog on the situation, and Craig Calcaterra has a takedown of his suggested course of action.
Despite all of this, though, Braun still projects to be the most valuable Brewer in 2013 at a cost of just $8.5 million. Dave Radcliffe of Yahoo has him at the top of his list of "Bang-for-your-buck Brewers."
Beyond Braun, there was actually some minor Brewer news yesterday: The team made Alex Gonzalez's signing official and announced that reliever Fautino De Los Santos has been claimed off waivers by the Padres. FDLS joined the Crew in the George Kottaras trade last season.
In the minors:
- Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has updated his list of the Brewers' top 20 prospects, joining the near consensus ranking Wily Peralta #1. Cash Kruth of MLB.com has the story, or you can skip ahead to the full list.
- Mayo also posted yesterday that Kentrail Davis would have been #21 on that list.
- Curt Hogg of Reviewing the Brew has an interview with 2012 Huntsville Stars pitcher and BCB Community #10 prospect Jimmy Nelson.
- The Brewer Nation profiled Josh Stinson as part of their "Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers" series.
Prediction season is coming up on us, and Justin Schultz of Reviewing the Brew has 30 prognostications for the 2013 season.
If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, Nathan Petrashek's Wednesday appearance on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton has been archived.
Giants: Signed reliever Sergio Romo to a two-year, $9 million deal.
Nationals: Signed pitcher/first baseman Micah Owings to a minor league deal.
Padres: Designated infielder Jeudy Valdez for assignment.
Rays: Signed DH Luke Scott to a one-year, $2.5 million deal and designated pitcher Dane De La Rosa for assignment.
In former Brewers:
- Russell Branyan, the one true muscle, won High Heat Stats' "Mr. Journeyman Derby."
- Corey Patterson signed a minor league deal with the Mets yesterday.
Today in baseball economics:
- Former Florida governor Jeb Bush tried to buy/rescue the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria this winter, but his offer was rejected.
- Fox Sports San Diego cut a deal to get Padres games onto DISH Network and the Padres will receive $200 million of the deal's $1.2 billion value up front.
Today's least surprising news comes from Mike Bates of NotGraphs, who shares the best piece of advice you may receive today: If you ever open a 25-year-old pack of baseball cards and wonder what the gum tastes like, don't try it.
Now, if you'll excuse me, someone's waiting for me.