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Wednesday's Frosty Mug

Some things to read while fixing Noah's cake.

We're 17 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale, and for the second straight day a bobblehead announcement is today's top story. The team announced yesterday that Yovani Gallardo will get his long-overdue honor on May 13.

Mat Gamel will probably have to wait another year or two for his bobblehead, but he is still going to get a chance to start at first base. Andrew Wagner of FS Wisconsin talked to Gamel about his first full time opportunity in the majors. Meanwhile, Reviewing the Brew wonders if Taylor Green is an option at first base.

It's been a really interesting winter for the NL Central, where several notable departures have changed the division's landscape a bit. Jayson Stark has a look at the division's new look, and becomes the latest national writer to paint a grim picture for the Brewers.

Yesterday's national writer taking a potshot at Milwaukee was Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. We spent a fair amount of time discussing his failings in the comments of the Mug, but if you'd still like more Craig Calcaterra has you covered.

As mentioned earlier this week, Nyjer Morgan is skating with the San Jose Sharks at their practice today. Adam McCalvy has a story with more on how this came about. Brewer assistant GM Gord Ash says he's not worried about Morgan getting injured.

If you or someone you'd like to attend a baseball game with is allergic to peanuts, the Brewers have good news for you: They're turning three sections of the club level into a peanut-free zone for three games during the 2012 season. Policing that rule could be a challenge, but kudos to the team for giving it a shot.

Earlier this week we mentioned that John Axford signed a baby at On Deck last weekend. This morning for the first time we have visual evidence.

If nothing else, this week has been a good opportunity to see just how far we can stretch the definition of "notable:" Brandon Warne of FanGraphs included Corey Patterson on a list of notable recent minor league contracts.

In the minors:

As of this writing Cody Scarpetta leads Kentrail Davis by about 40 votes for the #11 spot in our Community Prospect Rankings. You have until 1 pm today to weigh in, then stop back again after 2 to vote for #12.

Finally, the success of Fake Doug Melvin's musical debut has led Grim Spandango to quickly follow up with a sequel: Head over to this FanShot to listen to "Terrible on D," an ode to Yuniesky Betancourt.

Around baseball:

Astros: Signed pitcher Livan Hernandez to a minor league deal.
Diamondbacks: Signed catcher Miguel Montero ($5.9 million) and third baseman Ryan Roberts ($2.0125 million) to one year deals to avoid arbitration.
Phillies: Signed pitcher Chad Qualls to a one year, $1.15 million deal.

If you hadn't noticed, it's a really slow news week. It's so slow, in fact, that MLB Network is televising Jose Reyes' haircut on Friday.

I feel like it's a little early to start including him in this conversation, but The Huffington Post has Prince Fielder seventh on their list of baseball's worst contracts. (h/t @THTlinks). I think I'd take Fielder for nine years before eating the rest of Alfonso Soriano's contract.

Elsewhere in former Brewers: 2010 27th round pick Alex Jones will spend the 2012 season pitching for the Normal Cornbelters of the independent Frontier League.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to suggest a name to Rubie.

Drink up.