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Brewers' Lucas Erceg: Invited to major-league camp
Erceg was invited to the Brewers' major-league spring training camp Wednesday.
Erceg earned the invitation despite a subpar showing for Double-A Biloxi last season, in which he posted a .248/.306/.382 line with 13 homers in 123 games. Those numbers simply aren't good enough for a third baseman, so Erceg's odds of earning his major-league debut this year appear low unless his output improves significantly.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Zack Brown: Earns camp invite
Brown was invited to the Brewers' big-league camp Wednesday.
One of Milwaukee's top pitching prospects, Brown posted strong numbers for Double-A Biloxi last season, recording a 2.44 ERA in 125.2 innings. He'll likely need some seasoning at the Triple-A level before being considered for a major-league roster spot, but has a good chance of earning his debut at some point this season.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Corey Ray: Joining big-league camp
Ray was invited to Milwaukee's major-league camp Wednesday.
Ray isn't a real candidate to earn a job right out of camp, as he's yet to reach Triple-A, but he'll get a chance to show off his skills in front of the big-league coaching staff. Unless he struggles significantly at Triple-A, he'll likely be up at some point in a bench role later this season. Struggles can't be ruled out, as he's posted a strikeout rate above 29 percent for two straight years, keeping his batting average below .240, so he'll either have to make more contact or keep showing good power and speed if he's to be a major-league asset.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Keston Hiura: Invited to big-league camp
Hiura was invited to the Brewers' major-league spring training camp Wednesday.
Hiura has yet to reach Triple-A, and he has no real shot at making the Opening Day roster. He should open the season at the highest level of the minors but may be up midseason if he builds off of his MVP-winning performance at the Arizona Fall League. Milwaukee's current best alternatives at the keystone are Cory Spangenberg and Hernan Perez.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: Deal includes 2020 option
Grandal passed his physical Monday and officially signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $16 million contract that includes a $16 million mutual option for 2020, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
When Grandal and the Brewers first agreed in principle Jan. 9, initial reports suggested the catcher would sign a one-year, $18.25 million contract. Instead, it was clarified Monday that Grandal's deal will guarantee him at least $18.25 million, as the 2020 option contains a $2.25 million buyout if not exercised. The structure of the contract keeps the door open for Grandal to remain in Milwaukee for two years and earn $32 million in salary plus award-based incentives, but the 30-year-old will presumably be eager to test the market again next winter in pursuit of a longer-term deal. Grandal reportedly turned down a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets earlier in the offseason before New York turned its attention to other catching options.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Zach Davies: Avoids arbitration
Davies agreed to an unspecified one-year deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration.
He will have his work cut out for him to hold onto a rotation spot for the entire 2019 season, particularly if he does not improve upon last season's numbers (4.77 ERA, 49 strikeouts in 66 innings). That said, he notched sub-4.00 ERAs over full seasons in 2016 and 2017, so perhaps he can return to his old form in his age-26 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Travis Shaw: No arbiter needed
Shaw agreed to an unspecified one-year deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration.
The Brewers came to terms with all of their arbitration-eligible players on deadline day. Shaw enters 2019 on track to be the Brewers' everyday third baseman, but he could also spend time at second base if the Brewers bring back Mike Moustakas.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Junior Guerra: Comes to terms
Guerra agreed to a one-year, $2.225 million deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
The veteran righty has salvaged his career with Milwaukee, and was worth almost two wins (1.7 fWAR) last year. His role for 2019 is undetermined, but he will likely work as a swing man and fill-in starter. Guerra turns 34 later this month.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Manny Pina: Settles, set for backup role
Pina agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
This was Pina's first arbitration-eligible offseason, so he will be making seven figures for the first time in his career. Perhaps more noteworthy, however, is the fact the Brewers signed Yasmani Grandal earlier in the week. This pushes Pina to a clear backup role for 2019, limiting his fantasy relevance to NL-only leagues and deep two-catcher mixers.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Alex Claudio: Avoids arbitration with Brewers
Claudio and the Brewers reached agreement on a one-year, $1.275 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Claudio posted a career-worst 4.48 ERA in 68.1 innings with the Rangers last season, his first year with an ERA north of 3.00. Acquired by the Brewers in exchange for a draft pick in December, he'll likely fill a lefty specialist or middle relief role.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Reaches deal with Brewers
Knebel and the Brewers avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.125 million deal, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Knebel had a rocky 2018 campaign which included a trip to the disabled list and a brief demotion to the minors. He still finished the year with a respectable 3.58 ERA and 16 saves in 55.1 innings, backed up by an excellent 39.5 percent strikeout rate. He looked back to his usual self in the playoffs, allowing just a single run in 10 innings. He should resume his role as the Brewers' closer to start the upcoming season.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Burch Smith: Lands in Milwaukee
Smith signed a minor-league contract which includes an invitation to spring training with the Brewers on Friday.
Smith made six starts and 32 relief appearances with the Royals last season but without much success, finishing the year with a 6.92 ERA. His ERA as a reliever was over a run better though still quite poor at 5.82, so it will take a significant step forward for him to have value as even a low-leverage option for the Brewers this season.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: Signs with Brewers
Grandal agreed to a one-year, $18.25 million deal with the Brewers on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Grandal will receive slightly more than the $17.9 million qualifying offer he turned down earlier in the offseason. He was one of the best catchers in the league during the 2018 campaign, hitting .241/.349/.466 with 24 homers and 68 RBI across 140 games for the Dodgers. Look for Grandal to immediately slot in as the Brewers' primary backstop, representing a significant upgrade at the position.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: On track for spring training
Nelson told MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that he expects to enter spring training 100 percent healthy. "That's the goal. I'm on track right now to throw my bullpens like normal leading into spring training."
Nelson spent the entire 2018 campaign recovering from a shoulder injury. Barring any setbacks, it sounds like the right-hander will be fully operational for the start of spring training, putting him in line to open the season in Milwaukee's starting rotation. The 29-year-old is a bit of a wild card for fantasy owners, but he could prove valuable if he's able to return to his pre-injury form (3.49 ERA, 10.2 K/9. 2.5 BB/9 across 175.1 innings in 2017).... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jake Petricka: Heads to Milwaukee
Petricka signed a split contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.
Petricka elected free agency after being outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster in November. The 30-year-old still has a minor-league option remaining, which is the reason for the split deal. Petricka has a 5.43 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 67:22 K:BB across 71.1 innings over the last two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Felix Valerio: Dished to Brewers
Valerio was traded from the Mets to the Brewers along with Bobby Wahl and Adam Hill in exchange for Keon Broxton.
While Valerio is forever away from the majors, his .319/.409/.433 line in the Dominican Summer League is enticing. Just 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, he will need to continue to defy the odds as he climbs the ladder. He should make his stateside debut as an age-appropriate 18-year-old in the AZL this season.... See More ... See Less