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What We Learned: Late-night trades follow third straight win

After winning their third straight game, the Brewers made a few trades last night. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

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Recent Results

Brewers 4, Blue Jays 3
Brewers 2, Blue Jays 0
Brewers 5, Reds 1

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Brewers DFA David Goforth, sling pair of trades with Orioles | Jaymes L, BCB

After the win over the Reds last night, the Brewers designated David Goforth for assignment, traded Damien Magnifico to the Orioles for an international bonus slot, and acquired Oliver Drake for a PTBNL or cash.

Signing Shohei Otani may be an attainable dream for the Milwaukee Brewers | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Japanese superstar Shohei Otani is expected to declare his intention to play in MLB this offseason, and if he does, he’ll be entering under rules that will limit his earning potential, but also give the Brewers a realistic chance to sign him.

Report: Milwaukee Brewers, LA Dodgers still discussing Braun trade | Jaymes L, BCB

The talks on a Ryan Braun trade never fully ended, and the Brewers and Dodgers are still in discussions as Braun’s full no-trade rights approach.

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza to begin rehab assignment | Jaymes L, BCB

Matt Garza has headed to Colorado Springs for a rehab assignment. He should be there for at least two starts before the Brewers decide what to do with him.

Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ Cincinnati Reds | Jaymes L, BCB

The Cincinnati Reds have put together a good start to the season as the Brewers come to town for a four-game series.

Links from Other Sites

Tweak in delivery paying dividends for Nelson | Andy Call,

It’s been two good starts so far for Jimmy Nelson, and the results have been there following a mechanical tweak in his delivery.

Gennett welcomes old teammates to Cincy | Adam McCalvy,

It’s only been two weeks since Scooter Gennett was claimed by the Reds, as the Brewers come to town for their first series against the Reds this season.

Notes: Thames has to wait to face lefties | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Eric Thames hasn’t been getting starts against lefties so far. The reason isn’t that Thames is bad against lefties, but that Jesus Aguilar has been playing very well.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Opening Week | Ben Hertel, Dairyland Express

Week one for the Brewers was not very good at all, and there’s plenty to take away from it.

Brewers' Anderson Taking Advantage of Opportunity | Tim Muma, Dairyland Express

Chase Anderson has also had a strong start to the season, taking advantage of the opportunity given to him because of injuries to Matt Garza and Junior Guerra.

Is The Mayor of Ding-Dong City Resigning? | Colin Anderlie, BP Milwaukee

So far, Travis Shaw hasn’t shown the power that was expected of him coming to Milwaukee. However, that doesn’t mean he’s had a bad start to the season.

Braun’s Generational Talent Still Shines | Jack Moore, BP Milwaukee

Ryan Braun is still the best player of this generation on the Brewers, and one of the best three players in franchise history, even as he continues to get older.

MEET THE REDS: Sprinting Out of the Gates | Travis Sarandos, Disciples of Uecker

Another look at the first series of the season against the hot Reds.

More Theme Nights On Tap at Miller Park | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

The Brewers have 23 theme nights planned for this season. Here’s a rundown of all of those nights.

Uecker lends vocal talents to Disney TV show | Adam McCalvy,

Bob Uecker is getting back on TV (well, at least his voice), making a guest voice appearance on the new animated Disney show “Puppy Dog Pals”.

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 4-3

  • Friday: Colorado Springs @ Memphis | 7:05 pm
  • Saturday: Colorado Springs @ Nashville | 6:35 pm
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs @ Nashville | 2:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 3-4

  • Friday: Pensacola @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm
  • Saturday: Pensacola @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm
  • Sunday: Pensacoloa @ Biloxi | 1:05 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 4-3

  • Friday: Frederick @ Carolina | 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: Frederick @ Carolina | 4:00 pm
  • Sunday: Frederick @ Carolina | 1:00 pm

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 3-5

  • Friday: Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids | 6:35 pm
  • Saturday: Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids | 5:05 pm
  • Sunday: Off Day

Check out our daily prospect report for more information on minor league performances.

News and Notes

Expectations are high for Brewers' minor-league system | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

With plenty of talent in the Brewers minor league system, it’s not a surprise that the expectations are incredibly high for this season.

Ronnie Gideon brings plenty of pop to Timber Rattlers’ lineup | Tim Froberg, USA Today

After a very strong season at rookie-level Helena, Ronnie Gideon is now with the Timber Rattlers and hoping to continue building on that success.

NL Central Updates

This Weekend’s Games

Pirates @ Cubs

  • Friday: Gerrit Cole vs. Kyle Hendricks | 1:20 pm
  • Saturday: Tyler Glasnow vs. Jake Arrieta | 1:20 pm
  • Sunday: Jameson Taillon vs. Jon Lester | 1:20 pm

Cardinals @ Yankees

  • Friday: Michael Wacha vs. Masahiro Tanaka | 6:05 pm
  • Saturday: Carlos Martinez vs. CC Sabathia | 12:05 pm
  • Sunday: Adam Wainwright vs. Michael Pineda | 7:05 pm

This Weekend’s Action

Brewers @ Reds

  • Friday: Tommy Milone vs. Scott Feldman | 6:10 pm
  • Saturday: Zach Davies vs. Brand Finnegan | 12:10 pm
  • Sunday: Wily Peralta vs. TBD | 12:10 pm