The Brewers acquired Adam Lind, trading away Marco Estrada.
The offseason has barely started in full, and the Brewers have made one of the first big moves of it (if not the first one). On Saturday, reports came out that the Brewers had acquired Adam Lind from the Toronto Blue Jays, sending Marco Estrada in the trade. By acquiring Adam Lind, the Brewers have filled first base for next season, though he will probably need a platoon mate to cover the games against left-handed pitchers. The move should bring stability to first base, a position that has seen constant change since Prince Fielder's departure after the 2011 season.
- Tom Dakers of Bluebird Banter stopped by on Sunday to provide a scouting report on Adam Lind.
- How does this move affect payroll? Derek updated his payroll projections following the Lind trade.
- Patrick Green of Call to the Pen breaks down the trade to see who won and lost.
- What are the Brewers getting with Adam Lind? Justin Schultz of The First Out at Third breaks down Adam Lind's stats and what we should expect to see from him.
- Over on The Brewers Bar, Enrique Bakemeyer believes that the Brewers have a "real" first baseman for the first time since 2011.
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- The Brewers made a few more transactions on Friday. They exercised their end of the option for Aramis Ramirez, and claimed catcher Juan Centeno from the Mets. Derek has details on both moves.
- We're still waiting to hear about what Aramis Ramirez will do with his end of the option, but Ken Rosenthal says it's "possible" Ramirez will exercise his end of the option. (EDIT: As of this morning, he has exercised his half of the option.)
- The Brewers also may have found their new Scouting Director. On Friday, it was reported that the Brewers had hired Ray Montgomery from the Diamondbacks to be the Vice President of Scouting. Derek has more details on the move.
- Our MVBrewers series continued on Friday with the final player in our top 10: Scooter Gennett. Honorable mentions start this afternoon.
- What will the Brewers do this offseason? Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com previews the offseason for the Brewers.
- Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Ryan Braun is progressing following his cryotherapy treatment, and so far has not had any setbacks following it.
- There has been discussion on whether or not Yovani Gallardo is worth the $13 million he will earn in 2015. Justin Schultz of The First Out at Third compared Gallardo's contract to his ranks and other contracts to see if he is overpaid.
- The Brewers promotional schedule will be released this week. Cait Covers the Bases has details on where they will announce the promotions, a total of 20 for the 2015 season.
- As Rickie Weeks leaves Milwaukee, Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker took a minute to remember Weeks' career with the Brewers.
- If you need something to cheer up your day, Cait Covers the Bases has a few pictures of "Hankenstein".
NL Central Update
- The Cubs exercised their club option on Jacob Turner, who will make $1 million in 2015.
- It didn't take long for accusations of tampering to come out about Joe Maddon. The Rays are expected to file a grievance against the Cubs for tampering, but Joe Maddon's agent says that everything was done properly.
- MLB Trade Rumors has its list of the top 50 free agents, along with predictions on where they will go. The Brewers are predicted to get one of these "free agents".
- ESPN released its future Power Rankings (for ESPN Insiders only), ranking the MLB clubs based on potential future success.
- In former Brewers, the Rockies picked up their option for LaTroy Hawkins. Meanwhile, the White Sox are expected to be one of the candidates for Norichika Aoki this offseason.
- The Twins are expected to sign Paul Molitor as their new manager sometime this week.
- On ESPN SweetSpot, Mark Simon breaks down his Fielding Bible ballot and how it compares to the actual results released last week.
- The fans at the World Series celebration for the Giants may have got one of the more unique items inspired from the win. Mark Townsend of Big League Stew notes that 2,000 fans received special "Mad Bum" underwear from Jockey.
- Over on Big League Stew, they have several stories from the Halloween weekend. Looking at Halloween costumes, this one of a bunting Ned Yost may be one of the best from this season. In the Arizona Fall League, several players wore costumes for their warm-up routines. Meanwhile, the Astros' Orbit used the occasion to scare Astros employees.
- Game 7 of the World Series saved what could have been one of the most boring World Series in history. Dave Cameron on FanGraphs used leverage index to rank this World Series among the others in history.