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Wednesday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read while counting the head lice on the highway.

We're 24 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, and one of this offseason's biggest questions is finally answered: Prince Fielder will be a Tiger in 2012 after signing a nine year, $214 million contract yesterday (FanShot). Jon Heyman says the deal has no opt-out clauses and the salary is pretty evenly spread out over the course of the contract. The Brewers will receive the Tigers' first round pick in the draft (#27) along with the 38th overall pick as compensation. Here's some reaction from around the web:

Meanwhile, there's not much actual Brewer news to report today. Adam McCalvy says the Brewers haven't made any progress in negotiations to avoid arbitration with Shaun Marcum and Jose Veras.

Francisco Rodriguez faces a significant uphill climb to become the sixth current or former Brewer to acquire a new nickname this winter: As of this writing he's fourth in NotGraphs' voting for "The Call Is Coming From Inside the House."

In the minors:

  • Wisconsin Sports Tap has a list of the best second basemen in the Brewer organization
  • Francisco Rodriguez allowed a solo home run but got the save anyway in La Guaira's 4-2 win over Aragua to even the series at 1-1 in the Venezuelan finals. You can read about that and more in today's Winter League Notes.

As of this writing Logan Schafer leads Jorge Lopez by 50 votes for the #7 spot in our Community Prospect Rankings. The voting will remain open until 1 today, and the balloting for #8 will open at 2.

If you'd like more Brewer content today but you're sick of reading, the View From Bernie's Chalet podcast is up. This week's topics include Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Norichika Aoki.

Around baseball:

Astros: Designated infielder Angel Sanchez for assignment.
: Signed pitcher Bartolo Colon to a one year, $2 million deal.
Blue Jays
: Signed pitcher Francisco Cordero to a one year, $4.5 million deal.
Diamondbacks: Signed pitcher Brad Ziegler to a one year, $1.795 million deal to avoid arbitration.
Giants: Signed pitcher Tim Lincecum to a two year, $40.5 million deal to avoid arbitration.
Indians: Pitcher Roberto Hernandez Heredia (formerly Fausto Carmona) is expected to miss spring training with legal issues.
Rays: Designated outfielder Justin Ruggiano for assignment.
Yankees: Signed catcher Russell Martin to a one year, $7.5 million deal to avoid arbitration.

In former Brewers:

  • High Heat Stats used wins above replacement (rWAR) and Baseball Reference's user-powered "EloRater" to create a list of history's 60 most overrated pitchers. Rollie Fingers, Trevor Hoffman, Jerry Reuss, Jesse Orosco and Jim Lonborg are all on it.
  • Athlon Sports has Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper and Bud Selig on the Brewer Mount Rushmore.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History celebrates Derrick Turnbow's 34th birthday. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times notes that it's also the second anniversary of Mark Loretta's retirement.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go take pictures of South Dakota.

Drink up.