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What We Learned: Prospect Phil Bickford gets 50 game suspension

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Prospect Phil Bickford was hit with a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Milwaukee Brewers Prospect Phil Bickford Suspended for 50 Games | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Pitching prospect Phil Bickford was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse in the minors.

BCB Mailbag 7: Getting Mad About Miguel Diaz | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

In last weekend’s mailbag, Kyle discussed several topics following the Winter Meetings, though his focus was on the loss of Miguel Diaz.

Brewers Free Agent Targets: Sergio Romo | eddiemathews, BCB

With space open in the bullpen, the Brewers could fit in a free-agent reliever into the bullpen. Could Romo be that reliever?

Milwaukee Brewers 2017 Payroll Projection: Update 2 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

With a few of the recent roster moves, the payroll has gown down since the first projection a few weeks ago.

Milwaukee Brewers Sign Forrest Snow to MiLB Deal with Spring Training Invite | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
Milwaukee Brewers sign Andrew Barbosa to MiLB deal with spring training invite | Jaymes L, BCB
Milwaukee Brewers Sign Tim Dillard, Ivan De Jesus, and Rene Garcia to MiLB Contracts | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The Brewers are ramping up their minor-league signings, as they have signed five players to deals in the last few days.

Who's Closing in Milwaukee in 2017? | Jack Stern, BCB FanPost

The Brewers have an opening at closer, and several pitchers internally who could cover the need.

Mauricio Dubon vs. Isan Diaz | justthestatsman, BCB FanPost

As part of the Tyler Thornburg trade, Mauricio Dubon was a key part of the trade. How does he compare to prospect Isan Diaz?

Links from Other Sites

Assessing Roster Moves II: Trending Sideways | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

The recent roster moves by David Stearns did add some value to the team, but it also cost them value.

Milwaukee Brewers: Travis Shaw Will Add Power in Miller Park | Tim Muma, Dairyland Express

As Travis Shaw comes to Milwaukee, could his left-handed power result in a home run jump for him?

Door is open for Brewers closer in 2017 | Dave Heller, FOX Sports

The Brewers will have to find a new closer for next season, and while an external option makes sense, the team isn’t afraid to look internally.

Winter Meeting Acquisitions | Kyle Lesniewski, BP Milwaukee

With the Winter Meetings done, it’s time to take a look at all of the players joining the Brewers organization.

Flashback Friday: Bud in Appleton | Chris Mehring, TimberRattlers.com

Bud Selig made an appearance in Appleton in 1997, during a time when he was feeling discouraged but also optimistic.

Rattlers Announce Bobbleheads for 2017 | Chris Mehring, TimberRattlers.com

The Timber Rattlers announced an 11-bobblehead lineup for 2017, starting with David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, and includes a few fan’s choices and former Timber Rattlers.

O's Tavarez, taken in Rule 5 Draft, headlines winter league performers | Mike Rosenbaum, MLB.com

Jorge Lopez is having a good winter so far in Puerto Rico, posting a 1.05 ERA and 0.66 WHIP.