Brewers News & Notes
- The countdown to Opening Day is at 54 days. Today's post focuses on #54 Michael Blazek.
- Recently, two players defected from Cuba in an effort to join Major League Baseball. Derek discusses the implications of the Gurriel brothers defecting from Cubs and what they could command for a salary.
- Yesterday was truck day for the Brewers. Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com spoke with Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger as the team packed up everything for the trip to Maryvale.
- Several players on the Brewers are looking for a bounceback season in 2016. Adam McCalvy focuses on three players that are hoping to improve in 2016 after putting together a dismal 2015.
- Also on Brewers.com, Adam McCalvy answers some questions in a mailbag, including the potential of moving Ryan Braun to first base and other trade possibilities.
- What could Chris Carter do in 2016? Ryan Romano of BP Milwaukee breaks down Carter's different projections and summarizes what to expect from Carter.
- Over the weekend, the Brewers released their first promo for the upcoming season, focusing on Craig Counsell and his time growing up as a Brewers fan. Nicholas Zettel of Disciples of Uecker praises the ad and the direction that the Brewers went for advertising.
- While the Brewers rookie class of 2015 was very encouraging on the hitter side, the pitching side was not as good. Julien Assouline of BP Milwaukee summarizes the value of the rookie pitchers in 2016.
- When the Brewers built Miller Park, they got financing from the city that has been a topic of controversy for many years. Seth Victor of BP Milwaukee looks at the dilemma many cities face between subsidizing a stadium to keep a team versus risk losing that team to another city willing to subsidize a stadium.
Minor League Update
- In the BCB Community Top Prospects Vote, Cody Ponce came in at #7 in the community rankings. The vote it now open for #8.
- Following up their site rankings on the farm system from earlier this week, Miller Park Prospects has a roundtable answering some questions on their rankings.
- The Astros won their arbitration case against catcher Jason Castro, who will make $5 million in 2016. Also, designated hitter Evan Gattis will miss 4-6 weeks following hernia surgery.
- The Mariners signed pitcher Joel Peralta to a minor-league contract.
- The Rangers avoided arbitration with first baseman Mitch Moreland and signed him to a one-year, $5.7 million contract.
- The White Sox signed RHP Mat Latos to a one-year, $3 million contract.