Brewers make trade for Swarzak, still involved in Tigers discussions

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have officially become buyers before the July 31 trade deadline, dealing outfield prospect Ryan Cordell to the Chicago White Sox for right handed pitcher Anthony Swarzak.

Swarzak has a 2.23 ERA this season in 41 appearances, logging his first career save in Monday’s win over the Chicago Cubs. The 31-year-old has a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a career-best 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Milwaukee gets a solid reliever in the deal, but Swarzak will no longer be under team control after the 2017 season.

Milwaukee gives up it’s No. 17 prospect for Swarzak, though Cordell didn’t exactly earn glowing reviews from MLB columnist Jeff Passan.

In 68 games in Triple A Colorado Springs this year, 25-year-old Cordell is batting .284 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI.

More trades coming?

MLB insider Jon Morosi reports the Brewers are still in discussions with the Detroit Tigers in regards to a potential trade for Ian Kinsler and/or Justin Wilson.

No word on how serious those talks have become, but Milwaukee and Detroit have been closely linked in trade rumors over the past week. The Brewers and Athletics have also been in reports in recent weeks, as Milwaukee looks for a starting pitcher to add to their rotation. The A’s are looking for center field prospects in exchange for Sonny Gray — a position at which the Brewers are extremely deep.

Packers use third round pick on Auburn DT Montravius Adams

PHILADELPHIA — With their third round pick in the NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers completed Friday’s picks with defense, selecting Auburn defensive tackle Montravius Adams.

Adams was a four-year letterwinner with the Tigers, earning All-American second team honors his senior year. He was an All-SEC first team member by the Associated Press and was a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson addressed the media after the pick, saying he expects Adams to contribute both as an interior lineman and as an edge-rusher.

Just hours before being selected by Green Bay, Adams’ son Montavious, Jr. was born. He calls that a bigger accomplishment than being drafted into the NFL.

 

Packers claim ex-Bears DT Ego Ferguson

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers added another piece to the defensive line Monday evening by claiming former Chicago Bears tackle Ego Ferguson.

Ferguson is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract, being selected by Chicago in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU. He stands to make about $980,000 in the 2017 season.

The Bears moved on from Ferguson after injuries and suspensions limited him to 13 tackles, two sacks, and one start in his three years with the team. He was waived this season with an injury designation before officially being released last week.

Wisconsin survives LSU 16-14

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Rafael Gaglianone put Wisconsin ahead for good in the final three minutes with a 47-yard field goal, beating LSU 16-14 at Lambeau Field.

The first half was largely dominated by the Badgers, leading the Tigers in time of possession 21:02 to 8:08. They also limited LSU to 64 total offensive yards, 35 of which belonged to Fournette.

Wisconsin missed out on some early scoring opportunities, coming up short twice inside the LSU 10-yard line. A penalty backed the Badgers up on one instance, leading to a third down Houston interception.

They bounced back after LSU backup running back Derrius Guice fumbled away the football on the following drive. That turned into a 30-yard Rafael Gaglianone field goal and a 3-0 lead. LSU would have more backfield struggles on its ensuing drive, coming up short on a fourth down run. That resulted in a 48-yard Gaglianone field goal.

The Tigers got on the board in the third quarter after backing the Badgers up inside their own 10. Houston threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. The momentum gained carried over into the Tigers’ next possession, scoring on a two-play drive and taking a 14-13 lead.

After Gaglianone gave Wisconsin a late 16-14 lead, a last-ditch attempt by LSU was thwarted after a D’Cota Dixon interception. He was thumped hard after the play by LSU’s Josh Boutte. The frustration play resulted in an ejection but not a Tigers win.