Milwaukee Brewers Wiretap

Craig Kimbrel Moving 'Closer' To Signing With Club

Apr 16, 2019 7:49 AM

Craig Kimbrel is moving "closer" to a decision on where he will sign his next contract, according to a source.

However, the decision remains fluid and there is no clear favorite to sign the reliever.

The Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams have have spoken to Kimbrel's agent in recent weeks.

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Christian Yelich Ties Home Run Record

Apr 1, 2019 12:43 AM

Christian Yelich tied a major league record in the first inning Sunday, drilling a 1-0 fastball from St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha over the wall in right field for his fourth homer of the season. As it turned out, he was just getting started.

The reigning National League MVP became the sixth player in MLB history to start a season with homers in four consecutive games.

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Corey Knebel To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Mar 30, 2019 3:12 PM

Brewers reliever Corey Knebel is done for the season, after deciding to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

"I decided to go with surgery," Knebel said. "It's just going to be better to do it now and come back next year."

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MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Brewers Trade Erik Kratz To Giants

Mar 24, 2019 11:44 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have traded Erik Kratz to the San Francisco Giants for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojoso.

Kratz, 39, was a significant part of Milwaukee's NLDS victory over the Colorado Rockies last fall. He went 5-for-8 with two RBIs in the series.

The Brewers officially signed reliever Alex Wilson to fill Erik Kratz's roster spot.

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Talks Between Brewers, Craig Kimbrel Getting Serious

Mar 21, 2019 8:07 AM

Discussions between the Milwaukee Brewers and Craig Kimbrel on a contract are getting "pretty serious," according to a report.

Milwaukee had a 3.47 bullpen ERA last season, second-best in the National League.

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Brewers In Talks With Craig Kimbrel

Mar 20, 2019 8:10 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers have engaged in contract talks with Craig Kimbrel, according to a report.

The Brewers already have one of the strongest bullpens in the National League with Josh Hader, Corey Knebel and Jeremy Jeffress already in place. The trio split closer duties in 2018 and combined for 43 saves.

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Baker Mayfield Takes Turn As Brewers First Base Coach

Mar 17, 2019 7:51 AM

Baker Mayfield didn't get into a game during his two-day stint with the Milwaukee Brewers, but he did serve as the club's first base coach.

He served the position for three innings on Saturday during a split-squad game.

Mayfield is friends with Christian Yelich. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner took batting practice and showed off his arm strength by throwing passes to some of the team's staff.

"I thought he did great," Yelich said of Mayfield's BP session. "It was a lot of fun. He's got a pretty good swing."

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Mike Moustakas To Start At Second For Brewers

Mar 12, 2019 7:40 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers will start Mike Moustakas at second base this season.

Moustakas re-signed with the Brewers on a one-year, $10 million deal in February.

He has never played a game at second in the professional baseball.

"I'm really enjoying it at second. It's fun; it's new. And I feel comfortable, which is the most important thing. I'm getting a lot of work over there," Moustakas said.

Craig Counsell admitted that Moustakas won't have "high-end range" but said he is "very instinctual as a player."

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Brewers Sign Mike Moustakas To One-Year, $10M Deal

Feb 17, 2019 7:25 PM

Free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is headed back to the Milwaukee Brewers on a one-year, $10 million deal, a league source confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan on Sunday. There is a mutual option on a second year.

The Athletic was first to report the agreement.

 

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Brett Lawrie Signs With Brewers
Infielder Brett Lawrie has not played since he was released before the 2017 season.

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Ryan Braun Using Analytics To Change Swing
Ryan Braun is hoping the new approach will mean more home runs.

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Brewers Promote David Stearns, Extend His Contract
The Brewers have promoted David Stearns to president of baseball operations and extended his contract.

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Miller Park Will Have New Name In 2021
American Family Insurance will take over the naming rights to the stadium in 2021 under a 15-year agreement.

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Mike Moustakas Drawing Interest From Brewers, Padres, Phillies
Mike Moustakas is considered Philadelphia's Plan B to Manny Machado.

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Brewers, Yasmani Grandal Agree Upon One-Year, $18.25M Deal
Yasmani Grandal joins the Brewers after passing on longer-term options earlier in the offseason.

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Brewers, Giants Have Discussed Madison Bumgarner Trade
The Brewers and Giants have had "substantive communication" about a potential Madison Bumgarner trade this offseason, according to a report.

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Mets Acquire Keon Broxton
The Mets send Bobby Wahl and two prospects to the Brewers in the trade for Keon Broxton.

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M's Acquire Domingo Santana From Brewers
The Brewers receive Ben Gamel and prospect Noah Zavalos from the Mariners in the deal.

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Indians Still Discussing Corey Kluber Trade
The Dodgers, Brewers, Phillies and Reds have shown interest in Corey Kluber.

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Brewers Allow Jonathan Schoop To Enter Free Agency
The Brewers have failed to offer a 2019 contract to former All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop.

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Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Plenty Of Interest
It is being reported that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, and Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.

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Christian Yelich Runs Away With NL MVP Award
Christian Yelich topped Nolan Arenado and Javier Baez to take home National League MVP honors on Thursday night.

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Edwin Diaz, Josh Hader Honored As Top Relievers
Edwin Diaz is a traditional closer, while Josh Hader represents the new school of relievers.

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Hank Aaron Award Goes To Christian Yelich, J.D. Martinez
Christian Yelich hit .326 with 36 home runs and 110 RBIs, whole J.D. Martinez hit .330 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs, leading the majors in RBIs and total bases.

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Dodgers Power Their Way Back To World Series
The Dodgers beat the Brewers by the score of 5-1 on Saturday night to capture another NL pennant.

Walker Buehler To Face Jhoulys Chacin In Game 7
Walker Buehler will start Game 7 for the Dodgers, opposing Jhoulys Chacin for the Brewers.

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Brewers Beat Dodgers To Force Game 7
The Brewers defeated the Dodgers by the score of 7-2 on Friday night to even the NLCS at three games apiece.

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Red Sox To Pitch Chris Sale In Game 1
Red Sox manager said on Friday that David Price will "probably" start Game 2 of the World Series.

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Dodgers Take 3-2 Series Lead Behind Kershaw
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was dominant in leading Los Angeles to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday afternoon.

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