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Day 31 of spring training 2013 may very well start with Carlos Gomez buying breakfast. The speedy center fielder and the Brewers officially announced a three-year, $24 million contract extension yesterday that buys out what would have been Gomez's first three free agent years at a price of $7 million, $8 million and $9 million, respectively. Here's some reaction from around the web:
- Gomez took to Twitter to thank the Brewer organization, fans and more.
- Adam McCalvy talked to Gomez and Doug Melvin about the deal.
- Both Joe Block and Mike Vassallo commented on Gomez as one of their favorite players to have around.
- As of this writing 58% of voters in this JS poll are calling the Gomez extension a "solid hit" as opposed to a home run or strikeout.
- Christina Kahrl of ESPN called the deal a win-win.
- Jaymes Langrehr of Disciples of Uecker says "it sounds like Gomez values the security of a long term deal."
- Mike Bates says he'd be nervous about giving a three year deal to Gomez.
- Brewer officials met with Logan Schafer after the deal was announced to tell him not to get discouraged by this new roadblock to his potential long term playing time.
Back on the field, the Brewers played their first night game of the spring last night but sent their bats to bed early, losing 7-0 to Arizona. We've got the recap, if you missed it.
He may have picked up the decision, but last night's loss wasn't Yovani Gallardo's fault: He allowed a leadoff home run in the first inning before retiring the next 12 batters in order. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com talked to him about his performance.
After the game the Brewers made six more roster moves, optioning Scooter Gennett, Josh Prince and Jesus Sanchez to Nashville and returning Hunter Morris, Kentrail Davis and Adam Weisenburger to minor league camp. @Mass_Haas notes that this was the first option for Gennett, Prince and Sanchez, so all three can be sent to the minors again in 2014 and 2015 if needed.
Other notes from camp:
- Brandon Kintzler suffered a contusion on his left hand after being hit by a batted ball last night but is expected to be ok.
- Burke Badenhop's pair of runs allowed in the ninth inning last night were his first of the spring. Before the game Todd Rosiak wrote about his scoreless streak.
- ASU student Justin Marshall of the JS has some pictures from Carlos Gomez's day.
- ASU student Edmund Hubbard of the JS talked to Josh Prince and Caleb Gindl about third base coach Ed Sedar.
- If the six roster moves the Brewers made after midnight weren't enough for you, the Diamondbacks made 15 more.
The Brewers are off today but resume action tomorrow in Maryvale, where Chris Narveson is scheduled to take on Brett Myers and the Indians.
Meanwhile in Miami, the Puerto Rican WBC team remains alive for at least one more day after coming from behind to beat Italy 4-3 last night in an elimination game. Hiram Burgos pitched 3.2 scoreless innings in relief and picked up the win.
Norichika Aoki had a hit last night, but it was only his fifth in 26 at bats this spring. Curt Hogg of Reviewing the Brew has a look at his season outlook.
While Carlos Gomez settles into his long term deal, Aramis Ramirez is entering the second year of his. Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors talked to Ramirez about his relationship with his agent, Paul Kinzer. Ramirez, by the way, expects to play on Friday for the first time since spraining his knee.
With the regular season quickly approaching, it's time to start clearing your calendar. We've got our annual guide to planning your next six months around the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the minors:
- Disciples of Uecker has the second of their three-part post looking at the Brewers' top 30 prospects.
- Kevin Kimmes of Cream City Cables was one of several media members in attendance for Tuesday's media open house at Fox Cities Stadium and has an update on the progress.
Back in Milwaukee, the Brewers announced a sponsorship deal yesterday with Johnson Controls that will have the company taking over naming rights to what was formerly the NYCE Club in the left field corner.
It's probably save to assume that two million or more fans will see the new Johnson Control signs this season, and many of them will come from outside the area. A UW-Milwaukee study found that Brewer fans coming in from outside the metro area for games at Miller Park bring $263 million to the local economy.
Today in season previews and the like:
- Matt Snyder of CBS Sports says "this ballclub is absolutely a contender."
- Jaymes Langrehr of The Outside Corner has a SWOT analysis of this team.
- Joe Strauss of The Sporting News also has a preview.
Today in former Brewers:
- Hank Aaron circa 1954 is the subject of Tomahawk Take's latest installment of Throwback Thursday.
- Ray Burris, Lyle Overbay, Felipe Lopez, Frank Catalanotto and more are featured in Value Over Replacement Grit's celebration of Pi Day.
My favorite spring training story of the day came from Dodgers camp, where Vin Scully told a story about going on a date with Joan Ganz. Ganz later went on to become the creator of Sesame Street.
Today in baseball economics: Spring training ticket sales are down 14% this year, although the extended spring due to the WBC could be a factor in that number.
This is relevant to nothing, but it made me laugh: Justin Bopp of SBNation.com/MLB wants to see you draw the Marlins' logo from memory.
This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks the 22nd anniversary of the trade that sent former All Star DH Dave Parker to the Angels in exchange for outfielder and future All Star Dante Bichette. Today is also former Brewer hitting coach Butch Wynegar's 57th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 17 career HBP are the third most ever for a player born on March 14.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need more moon analysis.