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Day 45 of spring training 2013 is the last one in Arizona, and yesterday the Brewers won their final game in Maryvale by beating the Royals 9-1. JP has the recap, if you missed it.
The final spring training game is usually somewhat anticlimactic but that won't be the case today, as Kyle Lohse is expected to make his Brewer debut when they take on the Rockies at 3. By the way, David Schoenfield of ESPN listed the Lohse signing as one of 25 spring training stories that actually matter. Ryan Potter of Beyond the Box Score looked at Lohse's late signing and says, "it seems more likely that the market overvalued Lohse this off-season."
After the game the Brewers will board a charter flight to Milwaukee, where they open Miller Park with an exhibition game against the White Sox tomorrow.
The Brewers did make a few transactions yesterday to clarify the roster picture a bit, releasing infielder Donnie Murphy and placing Corey Hart (knee) and Jeff Bianchi (hip bursitis) on the DL.
Other notes from camp:
- Norichika Aoki had three hits yesterday and Mike Vassallo noted that he's hitting .448 in his last ten games.
- Jean Segura also had multiple hits yesterday and is hitting .365 this spring.
- Todd Rosiak noticed the Brewers practicing their home run trots on Wednesday, proof that you can eventually run out of fundamentals to work on.
- With the Royals in for a game, Joe Block noted that the last four Brewer shortstops (Alcides Escobar, Yuniesky Betancourt, Alex Gonzalez and Jean Segura) were all in the same place.
- The Brewers, by the way, made the Betancourt deal official yesterday.
- ASU student Edmund Hubbard of the JS talked to fans about their expectations for the 2013 season.
- ASU students John De Groote and Justin Marshall of the JS have a story and a photo look at the effort to pack up and head out of camp.
- Adam McCalvy snapped a picture before leaving Maryvale for the last time in 2013.
The battle for the Brewers' final roster spots is going to go down to the wire, with the team announcing the final decisions won't be made until they're back in Milwaukee. One of the players who will be walking on pins and needles this weekend is Blake Lalli, and Curt Hogg of Reviewing the Brew wonders if he could be the next Casey McGehee.
Mike Fiers is another pitcher who doesn't know what's going to happen next. He pitched in a minor league game on Tuesday and may make his next appearance in the starting rotation, bullpen or Nashville.
Another pitcher with an uncertain future is Wily Peralta, but John Sickels of Minor League Ball still listed him among his top ten fantasy baseball rookies to watch for 2013.
Meanwhile, any uncertainty regarding Taylor Green is on hold while he recovers from a hip injury. He's the subject of the latest installment of The Brewer Nation's "Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers."
Rickie Weeks' roster spot is secure, and you can probably pencil him in to start most days at second base. Kevin Kimmes of Cream City Cables has a preview of Brewer second basemen for 2013.
In the minors:
- Marc Hulet of FanGraphs listed Josh Prince as a prospect sleeper to watch on the 2013 Brewers.
- Minor league hitting coach Al LeBoeuf will still open the season on leave from the Brewers, but his cancer treatment is going well and he's now walking with just one crutch.
- Chris Mehring of Rattler Radio has photos of the grounds crew using the dark side of the tarp to melt snow on the field at Fox Cities Stadium.
Back in Milwaukee, Forbes' annual valuation of teams is out for 2013 and the Brewers are estimated to be worth $562 million, which is 22nd in all of baseball and up 25% from a year ago. Jaymes Langrehr notes that Forbes suggests the team had an operating income of $9 million last season.
Maybe you can talk about the Forbes estimates at your Opening Day tailgate. Tyler Maas of Miller Park Drunk unveiled a new series called "Homestander" to help you get ready for the season's first set of Miller Park contests. I think this series is a great idea, which means they'll probably do it two or three times before forgetting about it.
Today in predictions, power rankings and stuff:
- Philly.com ranks Norichika Aoki as the NL's third-best leadoff hitter and Ryan Braun as the league's second-best #3 hitter (behind Joey Votto).
- Speaking of Braun, James Anderson of Disciples of Uecker listed Braun and Jonathan Lucroy among the NL Central's five best contracts.
- Jonah Keri of Grantland picked the Brewers to finish third in the NL Central.
If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, Nathan made an appearance on The Home Stretch with Justin Hull on 95.3 FM WSCO in Appleton and you can hear the archived audio here.
Angels: Signed pitcher Mark Lowe to a minor league deal.
Blue Jays: Signed pitcher J.A. Happ to a one-year contract extension that will pay him $5.4 million in 2014.
Cardinals: Signed pitcher Adam Wainwright to a five year, $97.5 million contract extension.
Cubs: Claimed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Blue Jays.
Diamondbacks: Placed infielder Willie Bloomquist on the DL with an oblique strain.
Indians: Returned first baseman and Rule 5 pick Chris McGuiness to the Rangers.
Pirates: Designated pitcher Hunter Strickland and first baseman Clint Robinson for assignment.
Rangers: Returned pitcher and Rule 5 pick Coty Woods to the Rockies.
Rays: Acquired pitcher Steve Geltz from the Angels for pitcher Dane De La Rosa.
Reds: Released catcher Miguel Olivo.
Royals: Re-signed outfielder Xavier Nady and pitcher George Sherrill to minor league deals.
Yankees: Claimed pitcher Sam Demel off waivers from the Astros and designated pitcher Dan Otero for assignment.
Today in former Brewers: Jason Linden of The Hardball Times notes that Don Sutton is sixth all-time with 5282 innings pitched and seventh with 3574 strikeouts despite never having led the league in either category.
The Brewers aren't the only cold weather team opening the season at home next week, and some of the others aren't fortunate enough to have the Miller Park roof to keep them warm. Bless You Boys has attempted to rank the Tigers beat writers' ability to withstand the cold without complaint.
Finally, if you hang out in the game threads or have read the latest BCB inside joke list you may be familiar with the Plunk Signal, the graphic we use to summon our friend Plunk Everyone for statistical insight following an HBP. This year Plunk Everyone appears to be taking his talents to Twitter, and I'd strongly encourage you all to give him a follow.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to move.