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Brewers Formulating Wide-Ranging Plan For Offseason

Oct 9, 2015 7:19 AM

David Stearns, hired as general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers recently, discussed Thursday a wide-ranging and flexible plan for the team's offseason.

"Having a specified plan going into an offseason is always a little bit challenging because the dynamics of the offseason change consistently," Stearns told the media. "With every trade, every team's needs change somewhat. With every signing, the market can change a little bit. But heading into the GM Meetings [in Boca Raton, Fla., from Nov. 9-12] we should have a rough outline of what we're looking to do as an organization. And then the period between the GM Meetings and the Winter Meetings [in Nashville, Tenn., from Dec. 7-10], as the market begins to take shape, we should begin to really target specific areas.

"So we'll have a plan. That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm going to share the specifics of it publicly. But we'll certainly have a plan formulated by then."

Adam McCalvy/MLB

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

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Brewers Hire David Stearns As New GM

Sep 20, 2015 10:04 PM

The Brewers have hired David Stearns, assistant general manager of the Astros for the past three seasons, as their new general manager, a baseball source confirmed to on Sunday.

Stearns, 30, will replace Doug Melvin, who is transitioning to an advisory role with the Brewers after serving as the team's GM since 2002.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Michael Carter-Williams Hits Cameraman With First Pitch

Sep 18, 2015 6:43 AM

Michael Carter-Williams, point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, threw out the first pitch at Thursday night's Milwaukee Brewers game.

A right-hander, Carter-Williams threw wide right and hit a cameraman standing several feet behind and to the right of home plate.

"I clearly need a warm up," the Bucks guard tweeted a few moments later.

Patrick Dorsey/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor

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Brewers To Interview Rays VP Chaim Bloom For GM Role

Sep 17, 2015 7:11 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled to interview Tampa Bay Rays vice president Chaim Bloom for their vacant general manager position on Thursday.

It was reported last week that the Brewers were expected to ask permission to speak with Bloom.

Bloom, 32, was promoted to vice president from director of baseball operations last offseason when Andrew Friedman left for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Brewers Likely To Avoid Free Agent Pitching Market

Sep 14, 2015 7:12 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers may avoid the free agent pitching market this offseason, and for good reason.

Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza began the season at the top of Milwaukee's rotation, but they have both pitched their way out of the rotation. The Brewers are a combined 16-31 in their starts.

Lohse is in the final year of a three-year, $33 million deal, while Garza is at the midpoint of a four-year, $50 million contract.

Lohse and Garza aren't the only free-agent pitching additions that haven't worked out in recent years. They gave Jeff Suppan a four-year, $40 million deal before the 2007 season, then the largest deal in team history, and he was largely a disappointment.

Randy Wolf (three years, $27.8 million) also failed to deliver the expected return.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Ryan Braun Makes History With Fourth 20/20 Season

Sep 4, 2015 7:24 AM

Ryan Braun became the 31st player in Major League history to post at least four seasons of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases when he stole second base on Thursday.

"I've been incredibly unlucky all year. With any luck, I'd be a lot closer to 30/30," Braun said. "But I just keep going. The stolen bases that come in one-run games, in big situations, feel like they're more meaningful during the course of the game. But like I've said many times, I try not to reflect on any statistical accomplishments during the year unless I have to."

Braun also posted 20/20 seasons in '09 (32 home runs/20 stolen bases), '11 (33/33) and '12 (41/30).

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Francisco Rodriguez, Darren O'Day On Revocable Waivers

Aug 28, 2015 12:10 PM

Two more bullpen options may be available via trade as the deadline to make a postseason roster nears.

The Milwaukee Brewers have placed Francisco Rodriguez and the Baltimore Orioles have placed Darren O'Day on revocable waivers.

Both Rodriguez and O'Day were placed on waivers Wednesday, which means they should clear on Friday afternoon.

Peter Gammons

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor, Waiver

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Ryan Braun Becomes Milwaukee's HR Leader

Aug 20, 2015 6:55 AM

Ryan Braun homered on Wednesday to become the all-time home run leader in Milwaukee Brewers history.

Braun's 252nd home run broke a tie with Hall of Famer Robin Yount.

"It is special," Braun said. "Definitely, a special accomplishment, something that I am proud of."

Braun quickly acknowledged Yount's place in Brewers lore.

"I said the other day, Robin is the best player in franchise history," he said. "Played here for twenty years, accomplished so many incredible things. So, anytime you are mentioned alongside his name, it is definitely special."

Associated Press

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Brewers Supportive Of Denson's 'Courageous Decision'

Aug 17, 2015 6:46 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers would welcome David Denson into their Major League clubhouse should he ever make it all the way up from the rookie Pioneer League.

Denson announced Saturday that he is gay in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, becoming the first openly gay active player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.

"I think everybody is supportive," Ryan Braun said. "Overall, we realize it's a courageous decision by him, to come out and embrace his true self."

In a statement Sunday, the Brewers lauded Denson as a "highly respected member" of the Brewers family.

"Our goal for David is to help develop him into a major league player, just as it is for any player in our system, and we will continue to support him in every way as he chases that dream," general manager Doug Melvin added.

MLB said it backs Denson's decision "to share his personal story and wishes him continued success with his goal of becoming a major leaguer."


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David Denson Comes Out As First Gay Active Player

Aug 16, 2015 9:53 AM

Milwaukee Brewers Minor Leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay active player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball.

Denson reached out to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to tell his story with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean.

The 20-year-old first baseman plays for the Helena Brewers in the rookie Pioneer League. Bean, Major League Baseball's first ambassador for inclusion, revealed he is gay after his playing career.

"Talking with my teammates, they gave me the confidence I needed, coming out to them," Denson told the newspaper. "They said, 'You're still our teammate. You're still our brother. We kind of had an idea, but your sexuality has nothing to do with your ability. You're still a ballplayer at the end of the day. We don't treat you any different. We've got your back.'

"That was a giant relief for me. I never wanted to feel like I was forcing it on them. It just happened. The outcome was amazing. It was nice to know my teammates see me for who I am, not my sexuality."

Associated Press

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Brewers Looking For Young, Analytical GM
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports lists John Coppolella (Braves), Thad Levine (Rangers), Dave Forst (A's), Michael Girsch (Cardinals), Billy Eppler (Yankees) and Mike Hazen (Red Sox) and Jerry Dipoto as possi

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Braun's 250th HR One Shy Of Yount's Record
Ryan Braun hit the 250th home run of his career on Wednesday, one shy of Hall of Famer Robin Yount's Brewers record.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Doug Melvin To Assume New Role; Brewers Searching For New GM
The Brewers have announced that Doug Melvin will move into an advisory position, creating a vacancy at general manager.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Kyle Lohse To Be Placed On Trade Waivers
The Brewers will place Kyle Lohse on revocable trade waivers in the hope that someone will claim the remainder of his contract.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Brewers Move Kyle Lohse To Bullpen
The veteran has reportedly handled the demotion well and there are rumors that the Brewers are trying to trade him.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Doug Melvin Believes Mets Have Been Unfairly Criticized
Milwaukee had a deal in place with the Mets that would have sent Carlos Gomez to New York in exchange for Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores.

Jim Bowden/MLB Network Radio

Doug Melvin: Expects The Brewers To Continue Competing
The Brewers lost three starting players in trades before the deadline.

Brewers Trade Gerardo Parra To Orioles
The Brewers have agreed traded Gerardo Parra to the Orioles in exchange for pitching prospect Zack Davies.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Orioles, Brewers Discussing Gerardo Parra
Doug Melvin recently said that trading Carlos Gomez, who was dealt to the Astros on Thursday evening, wouldn't keep him from moving Parra as well.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Astros Get Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers From Brewers
The Astros will acquire Carlos Gomez and Mike Fiers from the Brewers in exchange for outfield prospects Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Brewers Still Planning To Trade Carlos Gomez
The Brewers still plan to trade Carlos Gomez ahead of Friday's non-waiver deadline despite Wednesday night's failed swap with the Mets.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Mets, Brewers Trade Broke Down Over Medical Records
The rumored trade between the Mets and Brewers involving Carlos Gomez, Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores broke down over medical records.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Mets To Acquire Carlos Gomez
Milwaukee will receive Zach Wheeler and Wilmer Flores in return.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Mets May Be Nearing Big Trade; Have Discussed Carlos Gomez
The Mets are nearing a "big trade," according to a report by Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Brewers Placing High Price On Carlos Gomez
The Brewers seem unlikely to trade Carlos Gomez this week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians, Rangers Have Inquired About Carlos Gomez
The Indians and Rangers are among the teams that have inquired with the Brewers about Carlos Gomez, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cardinals, Brewers Have Discussed Adam Lind
The Cardinals are still looking for a replacement at first base for Matt Adams.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez
The Pirates have acquired Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers in exchange for minor league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios and cash considerations.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Brewers Turned Down Extension Overtures From Jonathan Lucroy
Jonathan Lucroy says he was turned down by the Brewers when his representatives raised the possibility of a second extension last offseason.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Blue Jays Have 'Strong Interest' In Mike Fiers
No deal is close and the Milwaukee Brewers aren't especially motivated to move the right-hander.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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