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Young Fielder Is Brewers? Top Prospect

The Rankings are open top debate, however, it is unanimous that Prince Fielder, son of former Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder, is the real deal. Fielder made his big-league debut in 2005 and apparently showed the Brewers enough -- he hit .288 with two homers and 10 RBI in 57 at-bats -- for management to decide that the future is now.

"I'm very happy for him," said Eau Gallie baseball coach Bob Collins. "He deserves everything he gets in baseball."

Via Florida Today


Brewers Allow Kolb To Become A Free Agent

The Brewers allowed former closer Dan Kolb to become a free agent Wednesday, two weeks after reacquiring the reliever from Atlanta.

Milwaukee failed to offer the 29-year-old right-hander a contract by Tuesday's 11 p.m. CST deadline. The Brewers also didn't offer a contract to pitcher Jeff Bennett. Kolb had 60 saves for the Brewers in 2003 and 2004 with a 2.55 ERA, then was traded to Atlanta and was given the closer's job as John Smoltz's successor. But he quickly lost the job and went 3-8 with a 5.93 ERA and 11 saves in 65 appearances.

Atlanta dealt the 29-year-old back to Milwaukee on Dec. 7 for right-hander Wes Obermueller.

Via AP


Overbay Headed North Of The Boarder

DALLAS -- The Toronto Blue Jays turned their attention to offense on Wednesday night, acquiring first baseman Lyle Overbay from the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander Dave Bush, outfield prospect Gabe Gross and Triple-A left-hander Zach Jackson.

The Blue Jays, expanding their payroll from $45 million to $75 million next season, have been one of the most active teams in baseball this offseason. They already added starter A.J. Burnett and gave closer B.J. Ryan a five-year, $47 million contract that is the richest ever for a reliever.

"We added two good arms and a bat we really wanted," Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "We'd like to get one more bat."

Overbay, a left-handed hitter who is eligible for arbitration, batted .276 with 19 homers and 72 RBI this year. His departure clears the way for top prospect Prince Fielder to take over at first base in Milwaukee.

"He'd better be ready now," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said with a smile. "He [Overbay] knew it was going to happen. He's seen Prince play. He knows what kind of player he is. Now he's going to get a chance to have a good career."

Via ESPN


Kolb Sent Back To The Brew Crew

After flopping as Atlanta's closer and losing his job less than two months into the season, Dan Kolb was traded by the Braves back to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for right-hander Wes Obermueller.

Kolb, a 30-year-old right-hander, was 3-8 with a 5.93 ERA last season, his first with the Braves. Atlanta acquired him from the Brewers at last year's winter meetings for Jose Capellan and Alex Zumwalt.

He was an All-Star for the Brewers in 2004, when he had 39 saves, and the Braves acquired him to move John Smoltz back into the starting rotation. But by mid-May, he had four losses and three blown saves, allowing 18 hits and 16 walks -- one more than his 2004 total -- in 16 2/3 innings.

"Working with Mike Maddux, Dan had great success for us in the past and he adds to the depth of our relief," Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin said, referring to the team's pitching coach. "We think that he has great potential to return to his form of 2004 and make a significant contribution to our staff."

Via ESPN


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