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What We Learned: The offseason starts moving

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It took a little bit, but the offseason is finally moving at a better pace for the Brewers. We look at their most recent moves and more in today’s What We Learned.

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It took a little while, but the Milwaukee Brewers offseason is finally moving along a bit. Following the Winter Meetings last week, the Brewers have started filling out the open spots on their team with some signings. In addition to the signing of Yovani Gallardo (who got a one-year non-guaranteed deal), the Brewers also added starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin to the team. Coming over after a year with the Padres, Chacin got a two-year deal with the Brewers. There’s some caution to be seen in his number, but also some optimism. In addition, his deal is front-loaded, which should help the Brewers next year if they want to make a bigger push.

In addition, the Brewers have several other deals out there for some team depth heading into spring training. Reports suggest that the Brewers are closing in on a deal with Boone Logan, a LHP who sat out last season with an injury. There’s no word yet on whether his deal with be a major league or minor league deal, though it shouldn’t be a restrictive deal either way. Also, there are plenty of minor league deals coming in for the team. Eric Davis, Mike Zagurski, and Radhames Liz are a few of the names that have been added on minor league deals so far. There will be plenty of competition for jobs in spring training, with the Brewers hoping to find those couple of players who will make their team better.


Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Signings

Milwaukee Brewers nearing 2-year deal with Jhoulys Chacin, per reports
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers officially announce signings of Jhoulys Chacin, Yovani Gallardo
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers to sign Boone Logan, per report
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers sign Radhames Liz to minor league deal with invite to spring training
Jaymes L, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers sign Mike Zagurski to minor league deal, per report
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers sign Erik Davis to minor league deal with invite to Spring Training
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers re-sign Angel Ventura to minor league contract
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanShot


Other Roster Moves

Milwaukee Brewers designate Dylan Baker for assignment
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Milwaukee Brewers announce several minor league player releases
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanShot


Other Links

Milwaukee Brewers Free Agent Targets: Yu Darvish
eddiemathews, BCB

Jonathan Villar available in trade talks, per report
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

What to expect from Yovani Gallardo
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

What to expect from Jhoulys Chacin
Jaymes L, BCB

Tim Dillard performed at the Univision Awards
Kyle Lesniewski, BCB FanShot


Links from Other Sites

Brewers bolster rotation with Chacin, Gallardo
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Counsell on Arcia: 'He's just getting started'
Adam McCalvy, Brewers.com

Jake Arrieta isn’t a Cy Young contender these days, but he’s still plenty good
Grant Brisbee, SB Nation

The Jhoulys Chacin signing could be a stroke of genius by the Brewers
Devan Fink, Beyond the Box Score

Jhoulys Chacin Will Be a Fun Brewers Project
Jeff Sullivan, FanGraphs

Elite Middle Relievers
Jeff Zimmerman, FanGraphs

Low Rotation Shift
Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Understanding Brett Phillips
Noah Nofz, BP Milwaukee

Yovani Gallardo is back and different than ever
Justin Schultz, The First Out At Third

Projecting Jhoulys Chacin
Justin Schultz, The First Out At Third

Brewers Announce 2018 Schedule with Home and Road Times
Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Andrew Daugherty Named General Manager-Maryvale Baseball Park
Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases