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What We Learned: Winter Meetings end on a low note

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The winter meetings came to an end yesterday, with the Brewers losing a top prospect in the Rule 5 draft. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Brewers receive Comp Round A draft pick, $5.25 mil to spend internationally in 2017 | Jaymes L, BCB

The Competitive Balance picks were awarded yesterday, and the Brewers received a pick in the round that follows the first round. They also will get a $5.25 million pool to spend on international free agents next year.

Brewers Select Caleb Smith in Rule 5 Draft and trade him to Cubs, lose Miguel Diaz | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

In yesterday’s Rule 5 draft, the Brewers selected Caleb Smith, but then immediately traded him to the Cubs for cash. In addition, they lost top pitching prospect Miguel Diaz in the draft.

Brewers Have Scouted Free Agent Reliever Greg Holland | -JP-, BCB

One tidbit of information that came out during the meetings is that the Brewers were one of several teams who scouted Greg Holland’s workout last month. Would he be a fit for the Brewers?

Brewers Free Agent Targets: Neftali Feliz | Jaymes L, BCB

Another reliever that the Brewers could bring in is Neftali Feliz. Would he fit into the Brewers plans?

Brewers Trade Assets: Scooter Gennett | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Following the Tyler Thornburg trade, the addition of Travis Shaw makes Scooter Gennett expendable. What could he bring in a trade?

Submit Your Questions for BCB Mailbag #7 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The BCB Mailbag will be going up later today, and you have a chance to still get your questions in before it goes up this afternoon.

Links from Other Sites

Crew begins bullpen rebuild at Winter Meetings | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

With the trade of Tyler Thornburg, the bullpen is in full rebuild mode as the Brewers top three relievers have been traded within the last 5 months.

Counsell: Braun's our left fielder | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Though trade rumors continue to swirl around Ryan Braun, manager Craig Counsell continued to say that he’s the team’s left fielder.

Trade has domino effect for Gennett, Brewers | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

With the trade of Tyler Thornburg, the resulting dominos fell to push Travis Shaw to third base and Jonathan Villar to second base. This leaves Scooter Gennett without a place to play right now.

Winter Meetings interview with Craig Counsell | MLB.com

While at the winter meetings, MLB.com caught up with Craig Counsell in an extended interview.

Gimme a hundred: Red Sox-Brewers trade contains $100 clause | Ben Walker, AP

The trade with the Red Sox from earlier this week contains a clause where the Brewers could get cash instead of a PTBNL, but the cash is intentionally small for a reason.

Rule 5 Draft Recap and The (Potential) Loss of RHP Miguel Diaz | Jake Covey, Disciples of Uecker

A recap of what happened in the Rule 5 draft, as well as the impact of losing RHP Miguel Diaz.

Some Undue Optimism for Mauricio Dubon | Carson Cistulli, FanGraphs

Though he may not have been the headliner in the trade, there’s still reason to be optimistic about Mauricio Dubon.

Frosty Microbrews: Versatility, Approach Contribute to Wilson's Value | Kyle Lobner, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Weston Wilson was a key player for the Helena Brewers in 2016, with his roster flexibility allowing him to play in so many games.

Your 2016 Brewers Holiday Gift Guide | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Need a gift idea for a Brewers fan? Caitlin Moyer has a few for you.