Milwaukee Brewers Wiretap

Brewers Agree To $3M Deal With Neal Cotts

Jan 30, 2015 5:43 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million deal with Neal Cotts.

Cotts, 34, was 2-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last season, a year after going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games.

Associated Press

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Phillies Discussing Papelbon With Blue Jays, Brewers

Jan 28, 2015 9:02 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies remain in talks with the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers about a potential trade for Jonathan Papelbon.

Two sources said the talks were alive on Tuesday night.

Both the Blue Jays and Brewers are in need of a closer, but Papelbon's salary ($13 million in 2015) has been a sticking point.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Could Bring Back Francisco Rodriguez

Jan 27, 2015 8:39 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have reportedly discussed a potential return with reliever Francisco Rodriguez.

Mark Attanasio, the club's owner, said earlier this week that he would be "very surprised" if another signing wasn't made before Spring Training.

The Brewers had been linked to Jonathan Papelbon in trade talks.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ryan Braun's Thumb Feeling Better

Jan 25, 2015 7:43 PM

Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has more pressing fatherhood matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near his right thumb that affected his swing.

In a month, baseball will become more of a priority when spring training begins in Arizona for the Brewers. Braun hopes to get a better feel by then about what kind of impact that the procedure known as cryotherapy had on his lingering nerve problem.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Brewers In Talks To Acquire Papelbon

Jan 23, 2015 8:49 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers are in serious talks to acquire Jonathan Papelbon, according to a report.

The Philadelphia Phillies would send money to Milwaukee a part of the deal.

Milwaukee is on Papelbon's no-trade list, but that doesn't rule out a swap if the reliever feels he has a better chance to win.

The Toronto Blue Jays have also had interest in Papelbon recently.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Sign Willis To Minor League Deal

Jan 21, 2015 4:29 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed Dontrelle Willis to a Minor League contract.

The deal includes an invitation to Milwaukee's big league camp.

Willis hasn't appeared in a Major League game since 2011.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Rangers Acquire Gallardo From Brewers

Jan 20, 2015 7:27 AM

The Texas Rangers have traded three Minor Leaguers to the Milwaukee Brewers for Yovani Gallardo.

Milwaukee will receive right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel, Marcos Diplan and shortstop Luis Sardinas.

Gallardo, 28, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, went 8-11 with a 3.51 ERA for the Brewers last season.

The pitcher will make $13 million in the final year of his contract and is open to signing a long-term deal with the Rangers if everything goes well in 2015. The Brewers will pick up $4 million of Gallardo's $13 million salary.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Tags: Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Close To Trading For Yovani Gallardo

Jan 18, 2015 7:42 PM

The Rangers are close to a trade to acquire pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers, a baseball source confirmed to on Sunday.

It was not immediately known which player or players would be going back to Milwaukee in the trade.

Gallardo, 28, is 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA in parts of eight seasons with Milwaukee.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Braun: Thumb Is Fully Healed

Nov 26, 2014 3:03 PM

Ryan Braun says his right thumb is 100 percent for the first time in two years.

"Right now, I don't feel any [discomfort], and I haven't been able to say that for two years," Braun said. "I think I've told you guys, it [bothered me] shaking hands, writing -- you know, just everyday activities. Now I don't feel it at all, so I'm excited."

Braun said he's been cleared for offseason activities, and even swung a bat 10 days after the surgery.

"I'm encouraged by how it feels, but at the same time, I think I have to be cautiously optimistic [until] I get into spring training and see how it responds," Braun said. "But it hasn't felt this good in a really long time."


Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Injury

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White Sox Sign Duke To Three-Year, $15M Deal

Nov 18, 2014 5:08 PM

The Chicago White Sox have signed Zach Duke to a three-year, $15 million deal.

Duke, a former starter who has pitched mostly in relief the last four seasons, was effective out of the bullpen for the Milwaukee Brewers this past season.

The left-hander had a 2.45 ERA over 58 2/3 innings. His 74 strikeouts were nearly double what he had recorded the past three seasons combined.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Blue Jays Trade Lind To Brewers For Estrada
Adam Lind hit .321 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 96 games for the Blue Jays last season.

Brewers Exercise Option On Gallardo
The Brewers have exercised their $13 million option on Yovani Gallardo.


Brewers Hire Coles As Hitting Coach
Darnell Coles returns to Milwaukee after spending this season as the assistant hitting coach for the Tigers.

Associated Press

Brewers Will Retain Ron Roenicke
However, Milwaukee has fired hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base-infield coach Garth Iorg.

Associated Press

Weeks Doesn't Expect To Remain With Brewers
Rickie Weeks, who has spent nearly 10 years with the club, doesn't expect the Milwaukee Brewers to pick up his $11.5 million option for 2015.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Ryan Braun To Have Thumb Surgery
Ryan Braun will have surgery this week to repair a nagging nerve problem near his right thumb.

Brewers Owner Directs Anger At Players
The fate of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and his staff have yet to be decided.

Brewers Could Move Braun To First Base
The Brewers need to fill a hole at first base and Ryan Braun is an option.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Reds Get Shackelford, Astin In Broxton Trade
The Reds have received two pitching prospects as the players to be named in the trade that sent Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers.

Brewers Official Bruce Seid Dies
Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid, 53, died suddenly Tuesday night while visiting his family in Las Vegas.

Keith Law/ESPN

Broxton Wasn't Expecting Trade From Reds
Jonathan Broxton was surprised to hear that the Reds had traded him to the Brewers.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Brewers Minor Leaguer Plays All Nine Positions
Nathan Orf played all nine positions for the Class A Brevard County Manatees on Sunday.


Brewers Trade For Jonathan Broxton
The Brewers have obtained Jonathan Broxton from the Reds for two players to be named later.

Jake Peavy Takes No-Hitter Into 8th In Giants Win
The Giants' Jake Peavy finished with a one-hitter over 7 2/3 innings on Saturday night.

Matt Garza Likely To Return To Rotation Next Week
Matt Garza pitched a simulated game in San Francisco on Friday.

Brewers Claim Morneau, Rockies Pull Him Back
The two sides discussed a trade, but could not come to terms.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Roenicke Rips 'Terrible' Home Plate Umpire
Ron Roenicke ripped into home plate umpire Mark Ripperger after the Brewers were defeated by the Padres in 10 innings on Wednesday night.


Brewers Concerned About Braun's Thumb Injury Long-Term
Milwaukee signed Ryan Braun to a five-year, $105 million contract that doesn't kick in until 2016.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Kyle Lohse To Miss Next Start
Kyle Lohse will miss his scheduled start Tuesday because of a sore right ankle.


Yasiel Puig Breaks Bat On Check Swing
Yasiel Puig snapped a bat while checking his swing without ever touching the ball on Friday night against the Brewers.