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Tuesday's Frosty Mug: Keeping Counsell

The Brewer front office will return in full force for 2013, and we're discussing that and more in today's daily news roundup.

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We're still not sure which players will fill out the roster for the 2013 Brewers, but at least now we know the front office will return in tact: Craig Counsell has reportedly withdrawn his name from consideration for the Red Sox's vacant hitting coach position and will remain in the Brewer organization. Counsell spent his first post-retirement season as a special assistant to Doug Melvin in 2012.

As such, Counsell will likely be part of the Brewer delegation at next week's Winter Meetings in Nashville. Adam McCalvy has a preview of the Brewers' potential activity at the event.

In free agency:

It's important not to get too far ahead of ourselves here until we actually know which pitchers the Brewers will bring to camp, but Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew has an early attempt to predict the Brewers' 2013 rotation that does not include Chris Narveson.

In the minors:

If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I'll be making my weekly appearance on The Sports Den with Downtown Ollie Burrows on SportsFan 100.5 in Wausau at 5:30 today.

Around baseball:

Astros: Signed pitchers Edgar Gonzalez and Jose Valdez to minor league deals.
Cubs: Hired Rob Deer as their new assistant hitting coach.
Diamondbacks: Signed infielder/outfielder Mark Teahen to a minor league deal.
Mets: Acquired infielder Brandon Hicks from the Athletics for cash and re-signed pitcher Tim Byrdak to a minor league deal.
Reds: Signed first baseman/third baseman Mike Hessman to a minor league deal.
Tigers: Signed pitchers Carlos Monasterios and Trevor Bell (among others) to minor league deals.
Yankees: Avoided arbitration with catcher Eli Whiteside (one year, $625,000).

Deer is a former Brewer teammate of Cubs manager Dale Sveum and pitching coach Chris Bosio. Bosio, by the way, is the subject of this morning's installment of Brewers A-Z.

Elsewhere in former Brewers: The Padres have reportedly offered their bullpen coach job to Bob McClure.

Today in baseball economics:

This makes a lot of sense on paper, but the backlash against it isn't going to be pretty: The Angels have turned the area behind home plate that used to be the press box into suites and are moving the media into a lower-rent area behind the right field foul pole.

Now, if you'll excuse me, they've noticed I'm gone.

Drink up.