The Brewers have started their offseason moves.
With the World Series over, the Brewers have officially kicked off their offseason planning. They can't begin pursuing free agents until Tuesday, but there are a few things they can do in preparation. The first is to decide the option status of their three players with options. So far, we know two of them: Yovani Gallardo's option was picked up yesterday, and Rickie Weeks' option was declined this morning. Remaining is Aramis Ramirez, who the Brewers have not made an annoucement on yet. They have until Monday to make the decision, so we may not hear about his status until the last minute.
- Your votes are in for #9, and Matt Garza was chosen as the ninth most valuable Brewer. Kyle wrote his profile yesterday.
- There's still time to vote for the final spot in our top 10. Currently, Scooter Gennett has a comfortable lead over Ryan Braun.
- In the FanShots, GoldenFrank notes that Jonathan Lucroy won the Fielding Bible Award for the best defense at catcher.
- MLB.com's candidates for GIBBY awards have been announced, with a field led by Jonathan Lucroy and Francisco Rodriguez. For more details on the awards and who's nominated, Austin Laymance of MLB.com has a rundown of it.
- Meanwhile, Cait Covers the Bases notes that the Brewers medical staff was honored as the best medical staff in MLB this season.
- Bill Berg of Reviewing the Brew has a review of Aramis Ramirez's season.
- If Jean Segura wants to improve this offseason, he has to start hitting more line drives. Justin Schultz of The First Out at Third analyzes Jean Segura's ground-ball rate and how hitting line drives will help him.
- Michael Trzinski of Reviewing the Brew finishes up his series on the top farm teams in Brewers history with the 1987 Stockton Ports.
- With the end of the MLB season here, another blog is closing down for good. Miller Park Drunk has his farewell post up as he is retiring from blogging.
NL Central Update
- The Cardinals only had one option to decide on this offseason, and it was an easy one. They have picked up the option for John Lackey, who will make the major-league minimum in 2015.
- Meanwhile, the Cubs declined a $5.5 million option for Kyuji Fujikawa.
- While no official announcement has been made yet, the speculation on Joe Maddon going to the Cubs has been intense. Scott Lindholm of Beyond the Box Score looks at how a manager can affect a team.
- Odds have been released for the 2015 World Series champions, and the Dodgers & Nationals lead with 15/2 odds. The Brewers are tied for 20th at 40/1 odds, along with the White Sox and Mets. Other NL Central teams: Cardinals at 12/1, Pirates at 20/1, Reds at 33/1, and Cubs at 50/1.
- Yahoo (courtesy of Rotoworld) has a preliminary ranking of the top 150 free agents.
- Wonder what certain players could cost this offseason? Justin Perline of Beyond the Box Score has put together a free agency contract calculator.
- One of those free agents will be Adam LaRoche. Yesterday, Noah noted that the Nationals declined LaRoche's option for 2015.
- One topic of discussion following Game 7 of the World Series was if Alex Gordon should have tried to score on his ninth-inning hit. Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs breaks down the situation and says that Gordon barely had a chance to score.
- How did Bruce Bochy outmanage Ned Yost in Game 7? Dave Cameron of FanGraphs looks at the key decisions in the game.