Brewers News and Analysis
- Yesterday, the Brewers sign Chris Perez to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. Derek wrote about Perez yesterday, and is a little worried that the Brewers may put him on the roster for his "closing experience".
- Over on The First Out At Third Blog, Justin Schultz looks at exactly who the Brewers are getting in Chris Perez.
- Details on this year's Arctic Tailgate were released this morning. The Brewer Nation blog has everything you need to know about the start of sales for single-game tickets.
- How did Mike Fiers have a bounce back year in 2014? Eno Sarris of FanGraphs breaks down the changes that Mike Fiers made and why he was able to bounce back.
- While the discussions for Jonathan Papelbon have not ended yet, there also hasn't been any progress towards making a trade yet. Jon Heyman notes that the Brewers are still the favorite to acquire Papelbon, with compensation being the major gap in the discussions. Heyman also notes that the Brewers are still considering re-signing Francisco Rodriguez.
- Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com notes that the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inducted three players and one sportswriter this year. One of those players was former Brewer Corey Koskie.
- The Cardinals signed former Brewer Carlos Villanueva to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training.
- The Marlins and starting pitcher Mat Latos had the first arbitration hearing of the year, and the Marlins won the case. Mat Latos will make $9.4 million in 2015.
- The Rangers signed outfielder Ryan Ludwick to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Ludwick will make $1.75 million if he makes the team.
- The White Sox released outfielder Dayan Viciedo. He signed a one-year, $4.4 million contract last month to avoid arbitration, but was then designated for assignment last week.
- There's still no favorite for James Shields, but we gained a little more insight into where he prefers to pitch. Scott Gelman of MLB Daily Dish notes that James Shields has a preference to pitch on the west coast, near his home in San Diego.
- Does baseball have an image problem in regards to domestic violence? Jason Linden of The Bardball Times discusses the growing perception that MLB is gaining because of how they handle domestic violence cases.