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Texas Rangers get Yovani Gallardo from Milwaukee Brewers

The Texas Rangers acquired pitcher Yovani Gallardo from the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange the Brewers received a group of young players, infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan. Milwaukee will also contribute $4 million towards Gallardo’s $14 million salary for 2015. Gallardo, who turns 29 in February, will be eligible for free agency next offseason. He’s been very durable, logging the sixth-most innings in baseball over the last six years. That characteristic is surely appealing to the Rangers,... 
 

Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy Keeping Brewers atop NL Central

In one the season’s biggest surprises, the Milwaukee Brewers are enjoying a three game lead in the National League Central division. While 2014 was supposed to be the St. Louis Cardinals‘ year, Milwaukee’s convincing lead makes them the favorite to take home the division crown. The Brew Crew has been lead by two MVP candidates, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy. The 28 year-old Gomez has been in the major leagues since 2007 when he made his debut for the New York Mets. In his first five seasons, he managed just a .243/.291/.357... 
 

Brewers Acquire Gerardo Parra From Diamondbacks

The Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a deal that will send outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Brewers for Double-A outfielder Mitch Haniger and left-hander Anthony Banda. Parra, 27, is hitting .259/.305/.362 in 440 plate appearances this year. Parra had a mostly successful six-year run in Arizona, winning Gold Glove Awards for his defense in 2011 and 2013 . Rated as the third best prospect in the Brewers system Haniger, 23, is hitting .255/.316/.416 in 271 plate appearances this year. Banda, 20, is a left-handed pitcher who... 
 

Brewers Reach Agreement With Matt Garza – Four Years, $52 Million

The Milwaukee Brewers made a statement this winter and they did it much in the same way as last winter. One of the last Free Agent pitchers to sign before spring training last season was Kyle Lohse, and now he will be joined by the newest member of the rotation, Matt Garza. Garza was signed to a four year, $52 million dollar deal just one day after the top starter in Free Agency, Masahiro Tanaka, signed for over $100 million more with the New York Yankees. On the surface, this looks like a great deal for the Brewers as they picked up a solid starter... 
 

Six Hitters That Could Bounce Back in 2014

Every year there are a handful of hitters, whether the young and talented or the formerly successful, that most people want to give up on. In 2013 we saw outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino have impressive seasons at the plate after mediocre 2012 campaigns. Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki returned to top form after spending most of 2012 on the DL. Marlon Byrd rebounded from a horrific 2012 year to post career-best numbers in 2013. The fortunate (or prescient) fantasy owner or General Manager reaped the benefits of seeing these... 
 

Ryan Braun Apologizes for PED’s Use, and so it goes..

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun issued a lengthy statement of apology for his use of performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 season. Braun failed a drug test that fall, but he successfully appealed what would have been a 50-game suspension. The statement did not mention Biogenesis, the now-closed Florida clinic that, after a Major League Baseball investigation, resulted in the suspension of 14 players. Braun was the first of 14 players disciplined this year as a result of the Biogenesis probe. Twelve accepted 50-game penalties, including... 
 

MLB Suspends Ryan Braun For The Rest of 2013

Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season by Major League Baseball.  The announcement came from commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program.  the suspension is effective immediately. Braun will not contest the suspension which was meted out for “violations of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” according to a statement released by MLB. Reportedly Braun met with MLB... 
 

Aramis Ramirez to the Blue Jays? It Could Happen

Aramis Ramirez is 35-years-old and brings with him a career impact bat. Of course, his Milwaukee Brewers are 12 games under .500, in the toughest division for clinching a playoff spot in baseball and Ramirez has two potential years left on a manageable contract if he can demonstrate he is healthy. With the trade deadline looming a month from now, Ramirez and his 3.9 WAR could find itself in a new setting, one which would have to be able to afford a $16 million dollar tab in 2014 and a $15 million dollar option (or $4 million buyout) in 2015. Ramirez... 
 

Brewers Ryan Braun Placed On DL

The Milwaukee Brewers put outfielder Ryan Braun on the 15 day disabled list following a 4-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Braun had missed the last four games with a sore right thumb and attempted a batting practice session that did not go well. The Brewers are hopeful Braun will be able to return as soon as he is eligible. It was then that the decision was made  to place Braun on the disabled list. Braun is batting .304 with nine homers and 36 RBIs. He won the NL’s Most Valuable Player award in 2011 and finished second to... 
 

Aramis Ramirez Hits Walkoff Single, Brewers Beat Phillies

Aramis Ramirez was 0 for 4 in a game the Philadelphia Phillies jumped out to a 4-0 lead and hit a game winning single in the ninth to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 victory over the Phillies. For Ramirez, it was his only hit of the night but a clutch performance with one out and runners in the corners against Phillies’ reliever, Jeremy Horst. Brewers’ reliever, Francisco Rodriguez, picked up his first win of the year and lowered his ERA to just 0.96 in 2013. Jimmy Rollins got things started for Cliff Lee and the Phils in the opening... 
 

Jonathan Lucroy 5 for 5 With 2 Home Runs to Lead Brewers Win

Jonathan Lucroy went 5 for 5 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 8-5 when over the Philadelphia Phillies. Cole Hamels pitched five innings and surrendered 12 hits and seven runs, six earned, while striking out three. Hamels record is now 1-9 and his ERA is 4.86.  The Brewers pounded Phillies pitching for 14 hits overall. Yovani Gallardo (4-5) pitched into the sixth inning allowing five earned runs while striking out six, to snap a personal four-game losing streak.  Francisco Rodriguez picked up his second save... 
 

Jean Segura Ties Franchise Mark With Six Hits in Brewers Loss

Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura went 6-for- 7  in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins in extra innings. Segura tied a franchise record with two outs in the 14th inning to raise National League leading batting average to .365. He has eight home runs and 22 RBI and 14 stolen bases. Segura is second only in all of Major League baseball to the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera is hitting .373, Only two other brewers in franchise history have had six hits in a game, Johnny Briggs on Aug. 4, 1973, at Cleveland and Kevin Reimer on Aug. 24, 1993, vs.... 
 

Jean Segura Making Case For New Deal With Brewers Stronger

Jean Segura went into Tuesday’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates hitting .368,  with 6 home runs,16 RBI in 13 stolen bases. Segura went 1-for-6  with a home run.  The Milwaukee Brewers have approached Segura about a long-term deal a month ago and while a deal isn’t imminent , at this rate the Brewers may want to accelerate the talks. Over the first 36 games of this season Segura  has amassed 50 hits, including 17 multi-hit games and is tied in the National League lead  four triples with three. He ranks third in on-base percentage... 
 

Brewers News: K-Rod, Aramis Ramirez Move Closer To Returning

Francisco Rodriguez has completed his first step towards returning to the Major Leagues. K-Rod, signed to a minor league deal with the Brewers in the past month, now has a working Visa. He is expected to report to High A in the minor leagues to begin his quest to return to the Brewers’ bullpen, the last place he was spotted in the majors. After 3-5 days to get acclimated, Rodriguez anticipates moving to AAA Nashville to begin his minor league assignment. While the Brewers have until May 17th to either promote or release K-Rod, Rodriguez himself... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers Yovani Gallardo Arrested for DUI

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with drunken driving,  Fran McLaughlin, sheriff’s office spokeswoman, said another driver called 911 to report a suspected drunken driver. Gallardo, a 27-year-old right-hander, was driving westbound on Interstate 94 near S. 76th St. when he was pulled over at 2:10 a.m. for driving slowly and deviating lanes. Gallardo failed a field sobriety test and later registered a blood-alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit in Wisconsin (.08) Gallardo... 
 

Brewers Get Opening Day Walk Off Win over Rockies

Jonathan Lucroy  hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies  5-4 in opening-day action.  It was the Brewers first opening day when since 2008 when they beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 in 10 innings. Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler homered for Colorado to support a  solid effort by Jhoulys Chacin  pitched into the seventh, allowing just one earned run and striking six and giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning,  before the bullpen collapsed. “We... 
 

Kyle Lohse Finds A Home With Milwaukee Brewers

Pending a physical free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse  has finally found a home, agreeing to a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.  The 34-year-old right-hander was 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA last season for the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching a career-high 211 innings. After declining a qualifying offer from St. Louis, Lohse  found  teams unwilling to make an offer, with  the new free-agent compensation system damaging his value. “The integrity of the game has been compromised,” said agent Scott Boras. “I had four or five... 
 

Brewers News: Who’s on First, Gallardo Cleared for WBC

Who will be the Milwaukee Brewers opening day first baseman? That question is yet to be answered after Mat Gamel who will have surgery to repair a torn right ACL for the second time in less than a year. The 27-year-old Gamel was the team’s Plan B for first base after Corey Hart had surgery on to address a torn meniscus and nerve damage in his knee. It was originally thought that the 30-year-old Hart would be out until late May, but now there is hope he can return a month earlier. Hart produced3 30 home runs and 83 RBI in 2012. The Brewers... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Upon trading ace Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels last summer, the Milwaukee Brewers seemed content about building for the future. What happened was a late season push that almost propelled them into the wild card game. Entering spring training, the Brewers don’t appear to be as strong as National League Central rivals Cincinnati and St. Louis on paper, but they have a chance to contend if their promising young rotation delivers. Ace Yovani Gallardo will be joined by Marco Estrada, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Mark Rogers. None are... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers: Ryan Braun Listed in Miami PEDs Clinic Records

Add Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun to the growing list of Major League Baseball players connected with the Miami clinic that allegedly supplied players with performance-enhancing drugs. Braun’s name appears three times on documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. MLB is currently investigating the Biogenesis clinic and its operator, Anthony Bosch to determine how widespread Bosch’s alleged PED involvement was. Braun is on a list that includes Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and Cesar Carrillo, who the Miami New Times reported... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers Reach Agreement with Alex Gonzalez

The Milwaukee Brewers have reached an agreement with veteran shortstop Alex Gonzalez on a one-year deal. the deal is reportedly worth $1.5 million and incentives can add another $1 million. Gonzalez will be entering his 15th major league season and turns 36 years old in February. His 2012 season lasted 24 games due to a torn ACL. Gonzalez was hitting .259/.326/.457 at the time of the injury. Gonzalez will likely serve as a backup to shortstop Jean Segura who was acquired in the Zack Greinke trade with the Los Angeles Angels last summer. Segura was... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers Corey Hart to miss 3-4 Months with Knee Surgery

The Milwaukee Brewers announced that first baseman Corey Hart will undergo surgery on his right knee next week to repair a torn meniscus.  Dr. William Raasch will perform the surgery Tuesday in Milwaukee. The Brewers estimated Hart’s recovery time to be 3 to 4 months. The best case scenario would have Hart ready at the end of April, but then would need a minor-league rehab stint before returning to the Brewers. Hart, who had surgery on his right knee last spring to repair cartilage damage, experienced swelling in that same knee during offseason... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Young players were pivotal in the Milwaukee Brewers‘ second-half push for a wild card berth last season. Jean Segura, the 22-year-old Dominican shortstop who was part of a package that also included pitchers John Hellweg and Ariel Pena in the Zack Greinke deal with the Los Angeles Angels last summer, batted .264 in 163 plate appearances for the Brewers while providing superb defense. Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Mark Rogers were summoned from Triple-A Nashville to give the rotation a lift. Norichika Aoki, signed as a free agent out of Japan,... 
 

Brewers Reach Agreement With Tom Gorzelanny On Two-Year Deal

Gorzelanny provides veteran depth for the Brewers pitching staff The Milwaukee Brewers have reached an agreement on a two-year deal with free-agent left-hander Tom Gorzelanny. The deal is contingent on Gorzelanny passing a physical. Gorzelanny was non-tendered by the Washington Nationals a few weeks ago and was entering his final year of arbitration eligibility. He had a projected salary of $2.8 million before hitting free agency. Gorzelanny could be used as either a starter or reliever, although was used primarily as a reliever in 2012. The... 
 

Brewers Acquire Burke Badenhop from Rays for Raul Mondesi Jr.

Badenhop returns to the National League with the Brewers The Milwaukee Brewers looking to upgrade their bullpen this winter acquired reliever Burke Badenhop Of the Tampa Bay Rays for young outfield prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. Badenhop pitched to a 3.03 ERA and 42/12 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings out the Rays’ bullpen this past season. Known as a ground ball pitcher Badenhop gave up six home runs while pitching for Tampa Bay in 2012, after surrendering just one with the Miami Marlins in 2011. It’s The Rays acquired him from the Miami Marlins... 
 

National League Central – 2013 Team Needs and Outlook

The Cincinnati Reds captured the National League Central in 2012, but … Editor’s Note: Baseball News Source provided a division-by-division series that address what teams might do this off-season in the American League and in the National League East. Here is our outlook on the National League Central. For the second time in three years, the Cincinnati Reds captured the National League Central crown in 2012, but for the second consecutive season, the St. Louis Cardinals are the team from the NL Central that has seized the spotlight in the... 
 

Milwaukee Brewers Peaking at the Right Time

Milwaukee Brewers 2½ games back in Wild Card race National League wild card chase, meet your newest participant. After their 6-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Brewers passed the Pirates in the National League Central and wild card standings. On August 19 – one month ago- Milwaukee was 12 games under .500 and 12.5 games behind Pittsburgh, which owned the second wild card spot at the time. Since then, the Brewers have tallied 21 wins in 27 games while the Pirates have collapsed. The Brewers are 75-72 compared... 
 

Brewers Recall Jean Segura to Replace Izturis

Earlier today the Milwaukee Brewers traded veteran infielder Cesar Izturis to the Washington Nationals and now we know at least part of the motivation behind the trade. Jean Segura has been recalled from Double-A Huntsville to take the place of Izturis at shortstop for the Brewers. Segura was a key component in the trade that sent RHP Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels at the deadline. Segura hit .294/.346/.404 for double-A Arkansas in the Angel system over 94 games. Segura hit seven home runs and had 40 RBI, and stole 33 bases. In eight games... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline Analysis: Grading the NL Central Moves

Dempster, after turning down a move to the Braves, accepted an eleventh-hour trade to the Texas Rangers Tuesday (andysternberg / flickr) The NL Central has become a three-horse race with gap ever-widening between the Reds, Pirates and Cardinals and the trio of sub-.500 clubs at the bottom of the standings. Cincinnati has run out to a three-game lead over the second-place Pirates on the strength of a recent 10-game winning streak, while Pittsburgh continues to hold onto a Wild Card berth and St. Louis pushes to make up ground in spite of injuries. Before... 
 

Brewers GM Doug Melvin: Greinke Will Be Traded

With Cole Hamels officially off the market, teams looking to add pitching before the deadline are intensifying their pursuit. More often than not general managers are often coy and evasive about deals they are working on, or confirming or denying rumors. Not for Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. He told Bob Nightingale, of the USA Today, Greinke could handle pitching in a large market.“There are so many good things about him, it’s going to be difficult when we trade him,” So the question is no longer if he will be traded, but... 
 

NL Recaps – Brewers Zack Greinke Impressive – Bullpen Blows Big Lead

PHILADELPHIA – Zack Greinke  pitched seven solid innings, allowing just three hits and one run while striking out five. Greinke left the game with a five run lead, 6-1. Greinke also homered in the game. Greinke has been the subject matter of many trade rumors the past week or so, and scouts in attendance were not let down by this performance. Unfortunately the Brewers bullpen allowed the Philadelphia Phillies to rally for six runs in the eighth inning to beat the Brewers 7-6. Ryan Braun hit his league-leading 27th home run in the sixth... 
 

NL Recaps – Gallardo K’s 14 – Brewers Take Series From Pirates

MILWAUKEE –  The  Milwaukee Brewers know that if they are to get in the race for a playoff spot they need to beat the teams in front of them in the National League Central division. So far, so good. In the rubber game of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates Yovani Gallardo struck out a career-high 14 Pirates batters in seven innings and the Brewers beat the Pirates 4-1. Gallardo gave up just four hits , including Andrew McCutcheon‘s 21st home run of the season. He did not walk a batter. “Command was probably the best... 
 

2012 Brewers Offense Survives Without Prince Fielder – Bullpen Struggling

The Milwaukee Brewers have been serious contenders in the NL Central Division now for the past several seasons and have come close to the World Series, but have yet to reach that pinnacle. In 2011, the Brewers won the Central Division with a 96-66 record, but 2012 has been rough on the Brewers to this point. After losing to the Cardinals in game six of the NLCS last season, the Brewers were due for a downfall, especially with the loss of first baseman Prince Fielder to the Detroit Tigers. The Brewers currently sit at 40-45, eight games out of first... 
 

Ryan Braun – Victim or Cheater

Like many baseball fans I get disappointed when I hear another case of PED’s has been uncovered. I still feel the sting from the Rafael Palmeiro public denials and his subsequent positive test. Regardless of where you stand  on performance enhancing drugs debate , one thing I was sure we could count on was a system in place that would eliminate them from the game forever. The system was working. Player were being tested and those who cheated were caught and punished. I consider that system now broken . Ryan Braun avoided a 50 game suspension... 
 
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