The Brewers have their first big injury of the spring.
Spring training hasn't even started yet, but we have our first big injury of the spring. Yesterday, the Brewers confirmed that Jonathan Lucroy will miss four to six weeks after injuring his hamstring while training. It's a tough blow, but it could be a lot worse. The timetable for his recovery still puts him in line to be ready for Opening Day. He may be a little rustier than usual at the start of the season, but having this injury happen now is better than the middle of the season.
A long-time Brewers favorite player has moved on to a new team.
With just over a week until pitchers & catchers start reporting to big league camps, one free agent we had been watching has made his choice. Rickie Weeks is officially gone from Milwaukee, and has signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners. As sad as it may be to see Weeks leave, the best thing for Weeks right now may be a change of scenery, and he will get that in Seattle.
Brewers News and Analysis
- One thing we've all learned about Doug Melvin is not to completely trust anything that he says. On Tuesday, Noah looked at some comments the GM has made prior to a big signing.
- Derek notes that Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com has Clint Coulter as one of his prospect sleepers.
- The Brewers social media team is currently promoting a "snowball fight" over social media right now. GoldenFrank isn't interested in the fight, but found some good jabs between teammates over Twitter because of it.
- Speaking of the social media team, Adam McCalvy notes that the Brewers team won the top award at the National Sports Forum for their social media work.
- The Brewers need to be able to bounce back from a rough end to 2014 to compete in 2015. Over on Brewers.com, Adam McCalvy looks at several players that need to bounce back the most.
- Yesterday was Truck Day at Miller Park, as the trucks were loaded to head down to Arizona for Spring Training. Adam McCalvy has the story on the Brewers preparations.
- Miller Park is undergoing changes in preparation of the 2015 season, and Cait Covers the Bases has a list of new food options and other new additions to Miller Park.
- The Brewer Nation's Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers series continued yesterday with a profile of #54 Michael Blazek.
- Miller Park Prospects posted a roundtable discussing their rankings of the Brewers farm system and making a case for which prospects are the best in the system.
- The Athletics avoided arbitration with RHP Tyler Clippard and signed him to a one-year, $8.35 million deal.
- The Braves signed RHP Jose Veras to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. They also signed RHP Matt Capps to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.
- RHP Vance Worley won his arbitration case against the Pirates. Worley will earn $2.45 million in 2015 instead of the $2 million that the Pirates filed.
- As Derek noted earlier this week, the signing of James Shields finalized the draft order for the 2015 MLB Draft. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com also confirms the draft is set, and has projected bonus pools for all 30 teams for the upcoming draft.
- Meanwhile, over on FanGraphs, Carson Cistulli discusses what the draft would be like if Dave Cameron's proposal was used.
- Over on ESPN SweetSpot, David Schoenfield has been publishing his team rankings heading into spring training. He doesn't like the Brewers, putting them at #22 in his rankings.
- Also on FanGraphs, the previously mentioned Dave Cameron explains why you should ignore articles that discuss who won and lost the off-season.
- Today is a Woot-Off.