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What We Learned: Catching up from the holiday

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There’s plenty to talk about today from the holiday weekend, and we will get you caught up in today’s What We Learned.

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Good morning everyone. I’m sure many of you are getting back to work today, or still recovering from the holiday weekend. We’ve got plenty to catch you up on, and as you settle back into your desks at work, trying to fight off the egg nog sugar comas that were induced from holiday celebrations, here’s all of the links to catch you up from the last week, in a rapid fire format.

Brewers News and Notes

News Updates

Milwaukee Brewers’ Farm System rated as one of “Most Improved” by MLB Pipeline | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers lose Blake Parker back to Angels on waivers | Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio Publishes Open Letter to Fans | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers excluded from early season Sunday Night Baseball games | -JP-, BCB

Josmil Pinto signs with Giants | eddiemathews, BCB

Player Updates

Travis Shaw had to Google Tyler Thornburg after trade | Jaymes L, BCB

Thames grateful for life's latest twist | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Free Agent Targets

Brewers Free Agent Targets: Santiago Casilla | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Brewers Free Agent Targets: Todd Coffey | eddiemathews, BCB

Brewers Free Agent Targets: Travis Wood | Jaymes L, BCB

Mailbags

BCB Mailbag 8: Baby Names and the 2017 Brewers | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Inbox: Who will open '17 in Brewers' rotation? | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Ryan Braun Analysis

Making the Case for Trading Ryan Braun | Seth Victor, BP Milwaukee

The Disappearing Trade Value of Ryan Braun | Craig Edwards, FanGraphs

Minor League Notes

Don’t Worry About Brett Phillips | Jaymes L, BCB

Frosty Microbrews: Berberet, Ramirez Transition to the Mound | Kyle Lobner, TimerRattlers.com

2017 Breakouts | Kyle Lesniewski, BP Milwaukee

Historical Looks

Biggest hit in Crew history? Coop's '82 knock rates high | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Deck the Calls: Brewers | MLB.com Video

Other Links from BCB

The Thursday Thinker: Scrambled Names | -JP-, BCB

On the Inside Looking Out | Aaron128, BCB FanPost

Other Links from Other Sites

Brewers have creative knack for finding closers | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The Brewers’ Potential Breakout Slugger | Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs

Hunting for Great Splitters 1 | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Waiving Them Through The Turnstyles | Colin Anderle, BP Milwaukee

Assessing Roster Moves III: Ideal 40-Man | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee