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We're 79 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale, and you can add one enigmatic Brewer to the list of people expected to attend: Tom Haudricourt tweeted yesterday that Zach Braddock is expected to rejoin the team this spring after missing nearly all of the 2011 season with vaguely identified issues (FanShot). Noah profiled Braddock yesterday as part of our Brewer-by-Brewer look at the 2011 season.

If Braddock can contribute to the bullpen next season, it'll make Doug Melvin's job a little easier this winter. Baseball America named Melvin their 2011 Executive of the Year this week.

Here are today's Prince Fielder notes:

  • Miller Park Drunk continued their weeklong attempt to overhype Ryan Braun by saying the Brewers don't need Fielder because they still have the 2011 NL MVP.
  • Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports thinks the Blue Jays could make a big splash this winter by signing Fielder.

Christina Kahrl of ESPN has a look at each NL Central team and notes on three things they need to fix this winter. The Brewers' three things should come as no surprise: first base, shortstop and the bullpen.

In the minors:

  • Carlos Gomez was one of seven Brewers in action last night and went 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen base in Aguilas' 7-6, 12 inning win over Escogido. You can read about that and more in today's Winter League Notes.
  • This morning's edition of Offseason Notes shows that Caleb Gindl has dropped to seventh among Venezuelan batters in Carson Cistulli's SCOUT stat. Gindl's contract with his VWL team has expired.

Around baseball:

Cubs: Signed outfielder David DeJesus to a two year, $10 million deal.
Dodgers: Infielder Adam Kennedy's new contract will pay him $800,000 in 2012.
Phillies: Signed pitchers Brian Sanches and Scott Elarton and outfielder Scott Podsednik to minor league deals.
Rockies: Acquired pitcher Tyler Chatwood from the Angels for catcher Chris Iannetta and signed catcher Ramon Hernandez to a two year, $6.5 million deal.
Royals: Designated infielder Jeff Bianchi for assignment.
Tigers: Signed infielder Ramon Santiago to a two year, $4 million deal.

Today in former Brewers: There are two Brewers among the first-timers on the 2012 Hall of Fame ballot. I could tell you who they are, but I don't want to give away the answers to today's Thursday Thinker.

Elsewhere in former Brewer-related things: The Outside Corner listed the interlocking logo the Brewers used from 1994-99 as one of the ten worst of all time. I'm still the only person who liked it, apparently.

If you've got a moment today and feel like prognosticating, FanGraphs' 2012 fan projection ballots are now open. I'm planning on filling mine out sometime soon.

We've already established that the Brewers aren't in the market for a Japanese shortstop, which is good because this one apparently isn't interested in them: Former Softbank Hawk Munenori Kawasaki intends to become a free agent this winter, but says he'll only sign with the Mariners.

Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement is the gift that keeps on giving...confusing new clauses and strange procedural changes. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has a look at one new addition, the "Competitive Balance Lottery" that could assign extra draft picks to the Brewers starting in 2013.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History commemorates the eighth anniversary of the 2003 trade that sent Richie Sexson to the Diamondbacks for six players, including Chris Capuano. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also been 6000 days since Paul Molitor's 200th home run.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to eat again.

Drink up.