The Brewers' major offseason changes are in the infield. 1B Prince Fielder left via free agency, leaving a huge hole in the lineup. They went to the free agent market to get a new shortstop (Alex Gonzalez) and third baseman (Aramis Ramirez).
ARRIVALS: 3B Aramis Ramirez (free agent from Cubs), 1B Travis Ishikawa (minor league free agent from Giants), RHP Jose Veras (trade with Pirates), SS Alex Gonzalez (free agent from Braves), INF Cesar Izturis (minor league free agent from Orioles), OF Norichika Aoki (rights purchased from Japanese team).
DEPARTURES: 1B Prince Fielder (free agent, signed with Tigers), SS Yuniesky Betancourt (free agent, signed with Royals), RHP Takashi Saito (free agent, signed with Diamondbacks), 3B Casey McGehee (traded to Pirates), RHP LaTroy Hawkins (free agent, signed with Angels), INF Jerry Hairston Jr. (free agent, signed with Dodgers), 1B/OF Mark Kotsay (free agent, signed with Padres), INF Craig Counsell (retired).
FREE AGENTS: None.
ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: RHP Shaun Marcum, RHP Jose Veras.
--LHP Chris Narveson (arthroscopic left hip surgery in October 2011) had the operation to address chronic soreness. He must stay off the hip for six weeks but is expected to be ready by spring training.
--2B Rickie Weeks (left ankle sprain) will continue to undergo therapy and rehab for the ankle injury that limited him at the end of the season.
--LHP Mitch Stetter (hip labral tear) is expected to be ready for spring training.
--RHP Brandon Kintzler (right forearm stress fracture) was hurt in early May. He was cleared to pitch in the Arizona Fall League.
--LHP Manny Parra (elbow bone spur) was progressing well during his rehab program as of October. He is expected to be healthy enough to pitch in spring training.
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