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Some things to read while maintaining a singular focus.

Yesterday was a pretty big day for managerial news, so let's jump right into it:

Meanwhile, the Pirates' managerial search is going to have a strong Brewer flavor, as Dale Sveum interviewed for the job yesterday. They've also interviewed Ken Macha. Bucs Dugout has a review of Macha's candidacy that includes a few thoughts from me.

So, after getting a couple of months to evaluate Lorenzo Cain, what do you think? View From Bernie's Chalet has a look at the parallels between him and Carl Crawford.

In the minors:

  • Toby Harrmann of Brewerfan.net notes that this might be the end of the road for Tim Dillard in the Brewer organization: Dillard will be eligible for minor league free agency since the Brewers haven't added him back to the 40-man roster.
  • It was another rough day to be a Brewer pitcher in the Arizona Fall League, as Michael Fiers and Brandon Kintzler combined to allow six earned runs over 2.2 innings. You can read more about that in today's AFL Update.
  • Baseball America unveiled their list of the top 20 prospects in the Pacific Coast League yesterday, and Mat Gamel (#12) is the lone Brewer.

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Claimed pitcher Bryan Augenstein off waivers from the Diamondbacks.
Tigers:
Declined outfielder Magglio Ordonez's club option for 2011, making him a free agent.

If the Brewers do trade Prince Fielder this offseason they'll need to come up with a new plan for first base. I doubt they'll go this route, but it's worth noting that Lyle Overbay is expected to be available.

If the Brewers decide to move Casey McGehee to first base, they could follow Ryan Topp of Bernie's Crew's advice and bring in A's third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff.

Happy birthday today to:

  • Seattle Pilot and 1970-71 Brewer Tommy Harper, who turns 70.
  • 1953-57 Milwaukee Brave Dave Jolly, who would have turned 86.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm stuck on step two.

Drink up.