Tuesday's Extra Cold Frosty Mug

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Bring something warm to drink with today's roundup of all things Brewers.

Some things to read later than usual.

We are 38 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale and yesterday was Three Kings Day in Puerto Rico, where Martin Maldonado held his annual celebration for children in his native community. Adam McCalvy has the story, including notes on several fellow players and sponsors that helped make the occasion extra special.

It remains to be seen if Maldonado will have any more new teammates when the Brewers get to Arizona in a few weeks. Yesterday Doug Melvin told Adam McCalvy the team's inaction is a sign of faith in their young players, and also said they're not interested in trading young pitching for hitting.

In the minors:

  • Juan Francisco went 0-for-3 but it didn't matter as Licey beat Escogido 7-3 last night in the Dominican Republic (box score). Jason Rogers went 1-for-4 with a double in the loss.
  • Enrique Bakemeyer of The Brewers Bar has a recap of Brewers' winter league performance across the Caribbean.

Despite having had a somewhat mediocre winter season, Juan Francisco still profiles as a likely candidate to be the Brewers' Opening Day first baseman. Adam Wieser of Disciples of Uecker has a closer look at Francisco's performance in the Dominican.

Meanwhile, utilityman Elian Herrera's winter season is over as Estrellas was eliminated from contention in the Dominican Republic. Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew wonders what Herrera's role could be with the 2014 Brewers.

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Claimed outfielder Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rangers.
Indians: Signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur and reliever Scott Atchison to minor league deals.
Mariners: Signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league deal.
Mets: Signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor league deal.
Rays: Signed shortstop Ray Olmedo, infielder/outfielder James Darnell, pitcher Santiago Garrido and catcher Ali Solis to minor league deals.

Today in former Brewers:

Even on days like today when internet outages set me back several hours, it's nearly impossible for me to write a "quick" Frosty Mug. The reason is that frequently along my morning reading I get sucked into something great from around the web that causes me to put everything else aside and finish reading. Today that post came from Gaslamp Ball, looking at one of the little things that made longtime Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman great.

Finally, with help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to:

Plunk Everyone notes that Gagne's 33 career hit batsmen are the third most ever for a pitcher born on January 7.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm getting weaker.

Drink up.

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