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Roster News Roundup

If you’re otherwise unable to keep up on news as it happens throughout the day (via social media, or however), allow me to catch you up on the all the roster news coming out of One Brewers Way over the past several days.

(I’ve tweeted all of this as it happened, but this is a quick summary so it’s all in one place.)

  • October 27th
    • 3B Luis Jiménez claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  • October 30th
    • Five players filed for, and were granted, free agency
      • Zach Duke
      • Tom Gorzelanny
      • Lyle Overbay
      • Mark Reynolds
      • Francisco Rodriguez
    • A report came out that the 2015 contract option on Yovani Gallardo had been exercised
  • October 31st
    • Brewers confirm picking up Gallardo’s option
    • Rickie Weeks officially became a free agent when the team declined the 2015 option on his contract
    • Brewers officially exercised their half of the mutual 2015 option on the contract of Aramis Ramirez
      • Ramirez officially has three (3) days — read Monday — to decide whether he will opt in as well or decline the option to become a free agent
    • C Juan Centeno claimed off waivers from the New York Mets

Quick thoughts (because you can get a list anywhere):

Jiménez sounds like a great glove with some power who carries a higher average than Reynolds. Truly feels like Doug Melvin found a player worth replacing the veteran with.

Speaking of the free agents, the Brewers could look to bring back either Duke or Gorzelanny (though likely not both) but there’s certainly a tenable position that with Duke’s performance and Gorzelanny’s recent health concerns that they choose to let both sign contracts elsewhere. I’d lean toward them re-signing Duke of the two, though Gorzelanny could be cheaper. Overbay has said publicly that he’s leaning toward retirement. As for Reynolds, when he was simply passed over down the stretch last season, it felt like he dropped out of favor. He was streakier at the plate than I think the Brewers anticipated.

Gallardo’s option getting picked up makes all the sense in the world. I covered that move specifically here before it was confirmed Friday morning.

Rickie Weeks leaving Milwaukee is truly a notable moment. He’s been in the franchise for a long time, and was really the first of the high draft picks which ultimately led to winning seasons and playoff runs. While he never did realize the level of a #2 overall draft pick due mainly to injuries, he was the consummate professional in his time in Milwaukee. I wish him consistent success wherever his career takes him next.

Wanting to bring Ramirez back makes sense to a degree as the Brewers haven’t yet developed an internal replacement at third base. Should he decline his option to seek a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Brewers could turn to Jiménez or another internal option like Jason Rogers who played there in 2014 for the first time since college, or even, assuming he stays as has been rumored, Taylor Green? (Yes, that’s how thin the hot corner has been for the Brewers.)

Finally, as for Centeno, I haven’t had much of a chance to read up on him but I did see that he was a tremendous defensive season in 2013 in the minors though he reportedly regressed this past season. He hit pretty well in the minors in 2014 though. Without another catcher on the 40-man roster outside of the MLB level duo of Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado, it’s nice to have someone readily available who also has minor league options remaining.

Anyway, there’s your end of October round up of the Brewers roster moves over the past few days. Also noteworthy in roster news is that the Washington Nationals declined their option on 1B Adam LaRoche, making him a free agent. He could be a top target in free agency for Doug Melvin

2014 Opening Day Affiliates Rosters

Opening Day is here for the minor leagues!

What follows are the announced rosters for each of the full-season minor-league affiliates for the Milwaukee Brewers, broken down by position group.

Nashville Sounds

Class-AAA Affiliate (Twitter: @nashvillesounds)

Manager: Rick Sweet

28 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (9)

Outfielders (3)

Huntsville Stars

Class-AA Affiliate (Twitter: @HuntsvilleStars)

Manager: Carlos Subero

28 Total Players

Pitchers (14)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (7)

Outfielders (4)

  • Kentrail Davis
  • Mitch Haniger (@M_Hanny19)
  • Brock Kjeldgaard
  • D’Vontrey Richardson

BC Manatees

Class-A Advanced Affiliate (Twitter: @BCManatees)

Manager: Joe Ayrault

26 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (2)

Infielders (8)

Outfielders (3)

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Class-A Affiliate (Twitter: @TimberRattlers)

Manager: Matt Erickson

27 Total Players

Pitchers (13)

Catchers (3)

Infielders (6)

Outfielders (5)


Hot Stove Report: Brewers Add to First Baseman Stable

Effectively on the heels of the Mark Reynolds signing, the Milwaukee Brewers announced Monday that they have signed another option for a growing competition for the job of “First Baseman” in 2014.

Much like the nWo in the defunct World Championship Wrestling, the Brewers’ faction of first basemen continues to rapidly expand. Joining the men already in the employ of Mark Attanasio et al (Juan Francisco, Sean Halton, Taylor Green, Hunter Morris, Jason Rogers, Mark Reynolds) will be another new face but also a familiar one.

The Brewers have signed their all-time franchise single-season doubles leader, and the man traded away to make room for some guy name Prince following the 2005 seasons: Lyle Overbay.

LyleOverbayOverbay played in 142 games in 2013 for the New York Yankees where he posted a slash line of .240/.295/.393 primarily at first base. While those numbers no longer excite on their own, Overbay is a left-handed bat which helps balance and could offer a more consistent if less spectacular platoon partner with a righty (a la Reynolds) than would Francisco. Overbay also is still plus defender even at the advanced age of 37 (which he’ll turn on the 28th of this month).

Doug Melvin has said that they’re expecting an open competition at first base when the team reports to Maryvale Baseball Park next month. Overbay, whom the Brewers missed out on signing last year after expressing interest following the loss of Hart and again with Gamel, took the Brewers up on their offer of a reunion this year.

We’ll see what he’s got back in the Cactus League.

Roster News: Green, Kroenke


The following tweet hit the Twitterverse yesterday evening.

As tweets are limited in length, here’s an explanation of the second sentence.

“Mlb invite” indicates that Green’s deal includes a spring training invitation to big league camp. However the “w several opt outs” part of that tweet indicates that Green will have the option to become a free agent at different times if certain circumstances aren’t met.

Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy got the details of those opt outs directly from Kusnick.

“Kusnick said the deal cannot be terminated before May 22, and includes a pair of opt-outs. If Green is not on the 40-man roster by June 15, the Brewers have 48 hours to contact the 29 other teams to see if one will add Green to its own 40-man. If a team accepts, the Brewers would release Green. Green can also opt-out to take a contract in Asia; the Brewers would get $150,000 (if) Green signs such a deal before Dec. 15 and $300,000 after that date.”

Green was removed from the Brewers’ 40-man roster after being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. He had hip surgery back in April to repair a torn labrum and missed the entire season. Green breaks a recent, if small, trend of Brewers 40-man roster removals leaving the organization. Both Chris Narveson and Blake Lalli declared their free agency.

In other player news, Joshua Kusnick is the agent for a handful of Brewers minor leaguers as well, including Zach Kroenke, Alan Sharkey and Brandon Diaz.

Speaking of Kroenke, who first joined the Brewers in 2013, Kusnick also told McCalvy that the Brewers and Kroenke were close on a new minor league deal for the 2014 season but also tweeted that:

Kroenke, 29, went 5-16 in 32 games (19 starts) for Nashville in 2013. He posted a 4.51 ERA along the way.

This Week in Brewers Transactions (9/30-10/4)


It’s been just four business days since the Milwaukee Brewers played their final game of the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season. A number of transactions — both at the 40-man roster level and elsewhere in the organization — have happened so far this week, so here’s a full “recappening” to make sure you’re up to speed.

I include my tweets about the bullet items to illustrate that the best way to get this information quickly is to just follow me on Twitter (@BrewerNation).

During the week of September 12-18:

  • RHP Arcenio Leon was signed to a 2014 MiLB contract (but it would be announced officially by the team finally on 10/1).

Tuesday, October 1

  • RHP Austin Blaski (21st round draft pick in 2012) retired from professional baseball. Blaski was a 2013 All-Star for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers before an arm injury cost him the rest of his season. He had surgery and retired, no doubt, as a result.
  • The Brewers announced the minor league resigning of several players to 2014 contracts
    • The aforementioned Arcenio Leon.
    • C/3B Robinzon Diaz
    • SS Hector Gomez
    • INF Eugenio Velez
  • OF Eric Patterson was released.

  Wednesday, October 2

    • LHP Chris Narveson elected minor league free agency
  • C/1B Blake Lalli (who was DFA’d more than two weeks prior) elected minor league free agency


  • RHP Dylan Brock (34th round draft pick in 2013) was suspended 50 games for violating the MiLB drug policy.




Thursday, October 3

  • 1B Mat Gamel was lost on waivers to the Chicago Cubs. Gamel was waived to open up a spot on the swollen 40-man roster. (The Brewers have until five days after the World Series to reinstate any players not currently counted against that roster due to 60-day DL designation, suspension, etc.)
  • INF Taylor Green was reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List.
  • Green, OF Josh Prince, and RHP Nick Bucci were outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

Friday, October 4


A couple of notes about the transactions this week:

  • The removal of Prince and Bucci from the 40-man roster opens two spots on it. It currently stands at 38.
    • The Brewers have at minimum two players to add back in Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun.
    • Two spots should open when Michael Gonzalez and Yuniesky Betancourt declare free agency following the World Series.
    • There will be some names requiring protection from the Rule V Draft that will be added as the weeks progress as well.
  • Nick Bucci’s removal from the 40-man roster shouldn’t come as a big surprise. He was only added after last season following a breakout campaign. A shoulder injury cost him almost the entirety of 2013 (he got into one game and recorded two outs) and position him for a good amount of work. It’s significant that he was outrighted to Nashville despite never having pitched above High-A. That means that though he will be exposed to the Rule V Draft in December, any team selecting him would need to add him to their MLB roster and keep him there the entire 2014 season. That’s quite frankly unlikely to happen.

Audio: Doug Melvin’s Season Ending Press Conference


In case you missed it, here’s the audio from Doug Melvin’s season ending press conference which just concluded at Miller Park.


Brewers Make Decision, Option Hitter


Following Wednesday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Milwaukee Brewers formally announced a trio of roster moves.

First, it was stated again that Francisco Rodriguez would have his contract selected before tomorrow’s game. This move required two additional moves to open a spot on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters.

Taylor Green, who will miss the entire season following hip surgery, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day DL. This opened a spot on the 40-man.

As for the 25-man spot, C/1B Blake Lalli was optioned down to the Nashville Sounds. He’ll have a chance to play regularly and hopefully heat his bat back up.

Rodriguez will join a well-used but mostly effective bullpen to provide another arm to hopefully collect outs.

During his 30-day evaluation window, Rodriguez pitched in four games – two each for High-A Brevard County and Triple-A Nashville – where he combined to post a line of:

4.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 7 K

The work against Triple-A hitters was against mostly guys with big league experience, for what it’s worth.

Regardless though, after a tumultuous exit from Milwaukee, K-Rod is back. How he’ll be welcomed depends in no small part on how he pitches.

Brewers Announce Opening Day Roster

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Following today’s final exhibition game (a victory over the Chicago White Sox), the Milwaukee Brewers announced their 25-man roster for Opening Day.

Here is the breakdown by position.

Pitchers (13)

  • John Axford
  • Burke Badenhop
  • Marco Estrada
  • Mike Fiers
  • Alfredo Figaro
  • Yovani Gallardo
  • Michael Gonzalez
  • Tom Gorzelanny
  • Jim Henderson
  • Brandon Kintzler
  • Kyle Lohse
  • Chris Narveson
  • Wily Peralta

Catchers (2)

  • Jonathan Lucroy
  • Martin Maldonado

Infielders (5)

  • Alex Gonzalez
  • Yuniesky Betancourt
  • Aramis Ramirez
  • Jean Segura
  • Rickie Weeks

Outfielders (5)

  • Norichika Aoki
  • Ryan Braun
  • Khris Davis
  • Carlos Gomez
  • Logan Schafer

The Brewers will also be carrying four (4) players on the big league 15-day disabled list to begin the season (Jeff Bianchi, Taylor Green, Corey Hart, Mark Rogers) and one (1) on the 60-day DL (Mat Gamel).

Special congratulations go out to Alfredo Figaro, Mike Fiers, Jim Henderson, Jean Segura, Khris Davis, Wily Peralta, Martin Maldonado, and Logan Schafer who are all making their first Opening Day MLB roster!

Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers – #5 Taylor Green

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High five!

Sorry, but I think I had to start the blog that way. I had something else worked up but it felt wrong so I went corny. Regardless, the fact holds true that we are just five excruciating days away from Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday, April 1st.

Today, unfortunately, we take a look at someone who has had the unfortunate circumstance of having been placed on the 15-day disabled list to start the season. That man is…


Taylor Green.

After making his big league debut late in the 2011 season, Taylor Green yo-yo’ed a bit between Nashville and Milwaukee during the 2012 season. He started the season with the Nashville Sounds after missing out on a 25-man roster spot when some veteran backups (like Travis Ishikawa) were kept on instead. Following Mat Gamel’s season-ending knee injury (the one in 2012, not this year’s edition), Green was recalled to the Brewers on May 5th. He started at first base a little before the Brewers committed to playing Corey Hart there every day, but Green began to slow down at the plate in his limited role (.198 AVG in 81 at-bats but .233 in May and only .167 in June) so the Brewers sent him back to Nashville to get him increased playing time.

As a sidebar, Green has appeared over-matched at the plate throughout his big league career to a certain degree but all that has told me over that time is that he simply isn’t suited to the role of a pinch-hitter. When Green first came up in 2011, he recorded a base hit in his first plate appearance and hit very well right away, but the more he sat, the more off his timing became and he just couldn’t get it going again while mostly sitting.

So, back to 2012. Green was optioned back down on July 8th to regain his timing and get more steady work at the new-to-him position of first base just in case they needed him down the road in 2012. Green was then recalled to the big leagues on September 6th, after spending nearly two months in Triple-A. He had begun to hit again before the recall which is exactly the Brewers wanted.

Unfortunately, as Green was back to primarily a bench role, he floundered down the stretch. It takes a special breed to truly excel in a role with limited playing time. It’s why guys like Mark Kotsay continue to get jobs. He’s reliable as a spot starter and pinch-hitter.

Green is good defensively at his natural position of third base, he plays a capable keystone, and has been learning first base since last season. In an effort to improve his versatility he even played from outfield corner in the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano for the Leones de Escogido. He hit .300 in the Dominican, for what it’s worth.

Coming into 2013, Green looked primed to break camp on the 25-man roster for the first time. Corey Hart was hurt, Mat Gamel would be starting at first, and other than shortstop (which Green cannot play), the most experienced, and versatile bench hitter available was Green. Then, the better news for Taylor was that Gamel would miss the season which opened up a starting job. In case you were skimming earlier, regular playing time is what’s best for Green to stay sharp at the plate. It was all coming together.

Green left Brewers camp to play with his native Canada in the World Baseball Classic. The original worry was that he’d miss a bunch of at-bats as a reserve. But fortune would shine again as Brett Lawrie succumbed to injury and Green became the starting third baseman for Canada. They would only play three games but Green played well in them.

Luck would run out for Green though as prior to a game back at Brewers camp, he would injure his hip which has caused him to land on the disabled list to begin the season.

In the meantime, Alex Gonzalez has taken to first base quickly, Blake Lalli has hit very well this spring and may have earned himself a spot on the team, and prospect Khris Davis has opened many an eye during the Cactus League to perhaps play his way onto the roster sooner rather than later. In other words, what once seemed to be a lot of timely confluence has resulted in a likely optioning once Green is healthy. Obviously things can change between now and then, but assuming everything is the same on April 1st as it is once Green is healthy, it would appear likely to see him making his season debut in a game for the Sounds as opposed to the Brewers. That’s just the way the ball bounces sometimes.

Do I think Taylor Green will contribute positively to the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013? Absolutely I do. Will it be early on? That I must doubt.

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