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What We Learned: Sinking dollars into the pitching staff

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More coverage of the pitching staff and the payroll is the focus of today’s What We Learned.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers Arbitration Case: Chase Anderson | -JP-, BCB

The Brewers have a lone arbitration case ahead of them this offseason, as they try to figure out a $400,000 difference in salary between them and Chase Anderson.

Milwaukee Brewers 2017 Payroll Projection: Update 3 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The addition of Neftali Feliz has pushed the Brewers payroll over $60 million, though there’s still time for the Brewers to add to that.

Milwaukee Brewers reportedly made offer to Santiago Casilla before signing Neftali Feliz | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The Brewers had been searching hard through the free agent pool of relivers before settling on Neftali Feliz, with Santiago Casilla also receiving an offer.

Milwaukee Brewers sign Joba Chamberlain, per report | -JP-, BCB

Meanwhile, the Brewers made a high-profile minor-league signing, adding Joba Chamberlain on a minor-league deal with a major-league camp invite.

What to Expect from Neftali Feliz | eddiemathews, BCB

Not everyone is as high on Feliz. While eddiemathews is in that camp, he still sees it as a good move for the Brewers.

BCB Mailbag 12: Catchers, Ceilings, and the Milwaukee Bucks | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

In Saturday’s mailbag, topics include if the Brewers will win a world championship before the Bucks, starting players, and prospect potential.

2017 Breakout Prospects | notDavidStearns, BCB FanPost

There are always potential prospects who could break out each year, and here’s one prediction on who those players could be.

Links from Other Sites

Brewers Sign Neftali Feliz, Remain Interesting | Travis Sawchik, FanGraphs

There is hope that Feliz’s bad year could just be from some bad luck, and a change to Miller Park will cause a resurgence in his numbers.

Quick Hits: Romo, Pomeranz, Farm Systems, Saltalamacchia | Mark Polishuk, MLB Trade Rumors

Prior to the signing of Neftali Feliz, the Brewers had shown some interest in acquiring former Giants reliever Sergio Romo.

Inbox: Will Crew add another late-inning arm? | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

In his mailbag, Adam McCalvy talks about other bullpen additions, the alternate logo, the WBC, and more.

Current Crew, alumni due at Brewers' fanfest | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The full schedule for this weekend’s Brewers On Deck event is out, with several current and former players expected to make appearances.

2017 Brewers and What to Expect | Alex Makal, BP Milwaukee

As spring training approaches, there are several things that can be expected from the 2017 season.

Villar and Baserunning Havoc | Nathan DeSutter, BP Milwaukee

While Jonathan Villar was a maniac with stealing bases in 2017, his baserunning may have cost more value than it added.

Hisle's signing heralded new era for Brewers | Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

The Brewers best signing in franchise history may be a player who only lived up to one year of his six-year contract.

Brewers GM David Stearns had an amazing Miller Park cake at his wedding | Liz Roscher, Big League Stew

David Stearns had his wedding over the weekend, which featured a cake in the shape of Miller Park.

Minor League Notes

Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #14 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
Brew Crew Ball Community Top Prospects Vote #15 | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Continuing in the top prospects vote, the results for #14 are in and the vote for #15 is underway.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Farm System Ranked #6 by Keith Law, ESPN | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

The praises of the farm system keep coming, as the Brewers system made it to #6 in Keith Law’s system rankings.

Jacob Nottingham ranked as Baseball’s #10 Catching Prospect by MLB Pipeline | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Even though many publications are down on his catching ability, Jacob Nottingham still earned the #10 spot on MLB Pipeline’s top catchers list.

Around Baseball

How Much Hope Do the Bad Teams Have? | Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs

The Brewers are among three teams picked to be the worst in the league in 2017. Does that mean there’s no hope for a winning season this year? Chances are it does, but it’s not a total death sentence.

Baseball world mourns Ventura, Marte | Jesse Sanchez, MLB.com

Tragedy hit the baseball world again on Sunday, as Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte each died in separate car accidents over the weekend.