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  1. Nyjer Morgan returns to hockey roots, appears to have a blast

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EST

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan took to the ice to play a little hockey on Wednesday, practicing with the San Jose Sharks for about 30 minutes. Morgan played junior hockey for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey before giving up the sport to focus on baseball about a decade ago. He handled himself well,…

  2. Brewers sign reliever Takashi Saito to one-year contract

    Dec 27, 2010, 3:44 PM EST

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    Takashi Saito and the Brewers have finalized a one-year contract, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal could pay the 41-year-old reliever up to $3.2 million based on incentives. Saito can’t handle a full workload at this point in his career, rarely pitching on back-to-back days for the Braves this year, but he…

  3. Carl Pavano is holding out for a three-year contract

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano and his agent smartly let Cliff Lee sign before making their move, setting him up as the top free agent starter on the market. However, that took place two weeks ago and Pavano still hasn’t made a decision despite interest from multiple teams. Minnesota and Washington (and previously Milwaukee) have been linked to…

  4. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch, but “the offers are sparse”

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

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    Trevor Hoffman told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward wanting to continue pitching in 2011, but McCalvy writes that “the offers are sparse” for the all-time saves leader after he struggled in 2010. With a 2-7 record and 5.89 ERA in 47 innings Hoffman’s overall numbers were ugly, but he bounced back from…

  5. Bob Uecker prepping for 41st season after two heart surgeries

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

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    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com caught up with legendary Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, who’s spending the offseason in Arizona resting up after undergoing two heart surgeries this year and plans to return to the broadcast booth for his 41st season in 2011. At age 75 he “plans to work a full schedule” of games and Uecker…

  6. Carl Pavano’s “other suitors are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota”

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    Carl Pavano

    This morning I wrote about how Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies leaves Carl Pavano as the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pavano’s “other suitors” aside from the Twins “are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota.” That jibes with Tom Haudricourt of the…

  7. Carl Pavano is suddenly the top starting pitcher on the market

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

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    By waiting until the Cliff Lee domino fell Carl Pavano has put himself in position to be the most sought-after starting pitcher on the free agent market, which is both very smart on his agent’s part and remarkable given how the veteran right-hander was viewed just a couple years ago. Pavano was a huge bust…

  8. UPDATE: Brewers sign backup catcher Wil Nieves

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Done deal. Nieves gets a non-guaranteed contract worth $775,000. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing veteran catcher Wil Nieves, who played this year with the Nationals. Nieves is a run-of-the-mill backup with a good defensive reputation and an anemic bat, hitting .227 with a .570 OPS for…

  9. Pavano “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision”

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:21 PM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to agent Tom O’Connell about Carl Pavano’s status and reports that the free agent right-hander “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision.” Pavano is said to be drawing interest from the Twins, Nationals, and Brewers, so it may come down to which team is willing…

  10. UPDATE: Loney/Broxton for Fielder trade debunked

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Since this rumor initially surfaced, it has been shot down by Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and most importantly, by Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. And Colletti should know, because if this was a legitimate offer, he would have taken it in a heartbeat. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the Brewers approached…

  11. Eric Hinske deciding between Braves and Brewers

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske was hoping to land a two-year deal after playing for six different teams during the past five seasons, but instead Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s deciding between one-year offers from the Braves and Brewers. Hinske fared well as a part-time player for the Braves this season, hitting .256/.338/.456 with 11 homers…

  12. Is it time to do something about “gentleman’s agreements” free agents make to decline arbitration?

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

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    Just like the Yankees and Javier Vazquez, the Brewers and Trevor Hoffman came to a “gentleman’s agreement” that Hoffman will decline what at first glance appeared to be a shocking arbitration offer. Hoffman made $7.5 million this season and under normal circumstances the Brewers offering him arbitration would essentially be like putting a one-year, $7.5…

  13. Brewers join Braves in making an offer to Eric Hinske

    Nov 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Craig noted yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Eric Hinske and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they’ve officially made the veteran role player an offer. “It’s his call, not ours,” general manager Doug Melvin told Haudricourt. “We’re waiting to hear back from him.” Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported…

  14. Rickie Weeks is “open to listening” about contract extension

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    No one seems to think the Brewers have any chance of keeping Prince Fielder beyond 2011, but Rickie Weeks is also one season away from becoming a free agent and told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s “open to listening” if the team wants to pursue a contract extension. Weeks revealed that his agent has…

  15. Jeff Francis drawing interest from at least five teams

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

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    Colorado is interested in re-signing Jeff Francis and he’s also drawing interest from Seattle, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, and Houston, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Last month the Rockies declined their $7 million option on Francis for 2011, which was a no-brainer after he returned from shoulder surgery to post a 5.00 ERA in 104 innings.…

  16. Brewers GM: “We’re not shopping Prince Fielder”

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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    With one season remaining on Prince Fielder’s contract the assumption has been that the Brewers will look to trade him this offseason, but general manager Doug Melvin told Bob Nightengale of USA Today that “we’re not shopping Prince” and “I’d like to keep him.” Of course, regarding a new contract Melvin also said that the…

  17. Brewers hire Rick Kranitz to replace Rick Peterson as pitching coach

    Nov 15, 2010, 5:48 PM EST

    Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

    After making Rick Peterson interview for his own job only to fire him a week later, the Brewers have hired Rick Kranitz to replace him as pitching coach. New manager Ron Roenicke met twice with Peterson, but the team decided to let him go and eat the one season and $450,000 remaining on his contract.…

  18. Rick Peterson fired by Brewers after interviewing for own job

    Nov 15, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

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    Rick Peterson has one year left on his contract as Milwaukee’s pitching coach, but last week the Brewers made him re-interview for his own job after hiring Ron Roenicke as their new manager and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’ve decided to fire him. Rosenthal notes that the Yankees, Mets, and Pirates still…

  19. Brewers “making progress” on re-signing Craig Counsell

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    General manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “making progress” toward re-signing veteran infielder Craig Counsell to a new contract. Counsell is a Wisconsin native and has signed or re-signed with the Brewers as a free agent on three different occasions, so it sounds like the 40-year-old…

  20. Gregg Zaun wants to play for the Rays in 2011 at age 40

    Nov 10, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

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    Gregg Zaun missed most of this season following shoulder surgery, but the 40-year-old catcher plans to play in 2011 and recently told Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio that he’d prefer it be for the Rays. Zaun played 34 games for the Rays in 2009 after being acquired from the Orioles in midseason trade, but…

  21. Jarrod Washburn considering comeback after sitting out 2010

    Nov 8, 2010, 1:16 PM EST

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    Jarrod Washburn sat out all of this season when he struggled to find interested teams following knee surgery, but the 36-year-old left-hander told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he’s considering a comeback. I honestly am very happy with my decision to not play and hadn’t thought of playing again until recently. This past week…

  22. Rick Peterson is interviewing for his own job in Milwaukee

    Nov 8, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    Rick Peterson still has one season remaining on his contract as the Brewers’ pitching coach, but new manager Ron Roenicke is undecided about keeping him on the coaching staff and has met with Peterson several times since taking over the job last week. Roenicke told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that the meetings “went well” but…

  23. Brewers decline 2011 options on Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun

    Nov 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    As expected, the Brewers have declined their 2011 options on three veterans: Trevor Hoffman, Doug Davis, and Gregg Zaun. Hoffman gets a $750,000 buyout rather than the $7 million option after losing the closer job early in the season and posting the worst ERA of his Hall of Fame career at 5.89. At age 42…

  24. Brewers bypass Bobby Valentine, choose Ron Roenicke as new manager

    Nov 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

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    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times just tweeted that “sources are saying that Brewers have hired Ron Roenicke” to be their new manager. Cowley covers the White Sox, not the Brewers, but Chicago bench coach Joey Cora was in the mix for the Milwaukee job. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel passed along Cowley’s…

  25. Tim Wallach out of running for Brewers’ job, staying in LA

    Oct 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports that Tim Wallach is officially out of the running for the Brewers’ managerial opening and is all but guaranteed to remain with the Dodgers as a third base coach in 2011. Wallach re-signed with the Dodgers earlier this month, but his contract allowed him to pursue manager jobs with a…

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