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We're wrapping up a Ryan Braun press conference and more in today's roundup of all things Brewers.

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Some things to read while not driving.

We are 77 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Maryvale, which might be Ryan Braun's next public appearance. Braun spoke to reporters Wednesday while volunteering for the Hunger Task Force at Miller Park and mostly deflected specific questions about his 2013 suspension. Here were my takeaway notes:

  • Despite not wanting to talk about details, Braun was very generally apologetic regarding his conduct over the last two years. He specifically mentioned his 2012 spring training press conference as a regret.
  • Braun recently had dinner with sample collector Dino Laurenzi Jr. and his family to clear the air.
  • Finally, Braun acknowledged he'd be willing to move to right field for 2014 if it will help the team.

The Brewer Nation has a full transcript from Braun's session with reporters, if you'd like to see it for yourself.

Of course, nothing Braun could have said would have been enough to please everyone. David Schoenfield of said Braun's latest public comments were "pretty lame."

With all of that said, I think Tom Haudricourt summed the situation up in our Tweet of the Day:

Oh and, by the way, Michael Blazek and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel were there on Wednesday too.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Lucroy continues to give us all something to be thankful for. Dayn Perry of CBS has him as baseball's best pitch-framing catcher by a wide margin. (h/t @joe_block)

Today in free agency:

On the trade front: Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew makes the case for the Brewers to trade Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse.

And in the minors: Lou Olsen of Reviewing the Brew wonders if the Brewers made the right decision by leaving outfielder Kentrail Davis unprotected in December's Rule 5 Draft.

If you've been away from the site for the last couple of days, here are some other things you might have missed:

Around baseball:

Angels: Designated pitcher Juan Gutierrez for assignment.
Cubs: Acquired catcher George Kottaras from the Royals for cash.
Diamondbacks: Hired former Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey as their new bullpen coach and former minor league coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as their new bullpen coach.
Giants: Claimed pitcher Jose De Paula off waivers from the Padres, designated catcher Johnny Monell and outfielder Francisco Peguero for assignment and announced that reliever Jose Mijares has rejected an outright assignment and is now a free agent.
Pirates: Signed pitcher Cody Eppley to a minor league deal.
Rangers: Claimed pitcher Rafael Ortega off waivers from the Rockies.
Reds: Re-signed pitcher Manny Parra to a two-year, $5.5 million deal and designated outfielder Derrick Robinson for assignment.
Rockies: Hired Eric Young Sr. as their new first base coach and Blake Doyle as their hitting coach.
Twins: Signed pitcher Ricky Nolasco to a four-year, $49 million deal with an option for 2018.

Earlier this week we reported that the Pirates had designated pitcher Kyle McPherson for assignment. Derek Harvey of The Book of Gorman makes the case for the Brewers to pick him up.

Today in baseball economics: The Nationals have reportedly reached out to Washington mayor Vincent Gray with a $300 million proposal to add a roof to Nationals Park. The meeting didn't go well.

Today in former Brewers:

Speaking of the Hall of Fame ballot, at least one player is making the voting a little easier: Longtime MLB reliever Todd Jones spoke out to make it clear he doesn't deserve any votes, saying he should only be allowed into the Hall "to use the restroom."

Finally, with help from the B-Ref Play Index, we'd like to wish a happy 46th birthday to 1998 Brewer Bob Hamelin.

Today is also the seventh anniversary of the Brewers bringing Craig Counsell back into the fold, signing him as a free agent in 2006. We covered that event in Today In Brewer History two years ago.

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's getting crazy in here.

Drink up.