Who should the Brewers pursue: Arrieta, Darvish, or Archer

The Milwaukee Brewers have been relatively quiet this offseason, but in the past week, the Brewers have been linked to a number of top pitching free agents such as Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish. They have also been mentioned in trade talks with teams such as the Tampa Bay Rays for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

Brewers GM David Stearns has had a flawless track record when it comes to making trades, signing free agents, and scouring the waiver wire. I have total confidence in Stearns and the decision he ultimately makes, since he’s never done anything for me to question his ability to do his job.

But for those of us who are playing GM and commenting on who we think the Brewers should sign, here’s a breakdown of three of the big names the Brewers have been rumored to be interested in: Arrieta, Darvish, Archer.

  • Age:
    • Arrieta- turns 32 in March of 18′
    • Darvish | turns 32 in August of 18′
    • Archer- turns 30 in September of 18′
  • Number of seasons in the MLB:
    • Arrieta- 8
    • Darvish- 5 (played in Japan for 7 seasons prior to joining MLB)
    • Archer- 6
  • Number of seasons logging 200+ innings:
    • Arrieta- 1
    • Darvish- 1
    • Archer- 3
  • Number of seasons striking out 200+ batters:
    • Arrieta- 1
    • Darvish- 3
    • Archer- 3
  • Number of seasons having an ERA under 3.50:
    • Arrieta- 3
    • Darvish- 3
    • Archer- 3
  • Number of seasons having a WHIP under 1.30:
    • Arrieta- 5
    • Darvish- 5
    • Archer- 6
  • What the Brewers would have to give up:
    • Arrieta- compensation pick
    • Darvish- nothing
    • Archer- prospects
  • What the player is commanding in free agency:
    • Arrieta- 160 million over 6 years (26.67M/Yr)
    • Darvish- 110 million over 5 years (22 M/Yr)
    • Archer- Under contract till 2021 (7.56 M/Yr)

For my money, I’d like to see the Brewers deal some of their prospects to acquire a pitcher like Chris Archer. Archer is younger than both Arrieta and Darvish and would be under club control through 2021. His contract would be much less than the huge contracts Arrieta and Darvish would be asking for.

The Brewers will also need to unload some of their prospects by December of 2018, because many of their high profile prospects will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft in 2019 and will potentially be lost.

Prospects Isan Diaz (6th), Monte Harrison (14th), Trey Supak (16th), Jake Gatewood (18th), Cody Ponce (21st), Josh Pennington (22nd), Kodi Medeiros (23rd), Phil Bickford (24th), Carlos Herrera (30th) are all eligible for the Rule 5 draft after next season. That is nine of the Brewers top-30 prospects that could be lost if not given a roster spot on the Brewers 40-man roster this upcoming December.

 

 

 

 

Brewers ink reliever for 2018 season

The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Boone Logan to a one-year deal for the 2018 season. The deal also includes a team option for the 2019 season.

Logan has spent 12 seasons in Major League Baseball with five different teams. In 2017 Logan was with the Cleveland Indians where he pitched in 38 games. He finished the season with a 4.71 earned run average and 28 strikeouts over the course of 21 innings pitched.

Logan was placed on the disabled list with a strained left lat muscle in July and did not return to action during the season.

The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million guaranteed for the 2018 season, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

Brewers announce the signing of two pitchers

The Milwaukee Brewers officially added a pair of arms to their rotation Thursday morning.

The team announced the signing of pitchers Yovani Gallardo to a 1-year deal and Jhoulys Chacin to a 2-year deal.

For 31-year-old Gallardo, it’s a return to the place he called home for the first eight years of his career before leaving for Texas following the 2014 season. The franchise’s all-time leader in strikeouts, Gallardo has not been the same pitcher he was the last time Brewers fans saw him. After not having a single season where he had an ERA above 4.18 and only one season with a losing record, Gallardo was 11-18 with an ERA north of 5.50 with Seattle and Baltimore the last two seasons.

As for Chacin, he comes to Milwaukee after going 13-10 with a 3.89 ERA in 32 starts for the San Diego Padres. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the 29-year-old’s contract is worth roughly $8 million per season.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Arizona on Feb. 14.

Brewers announce award winners

While the Milwaukee Brewers were unable to find their way into the postseason they did have a season not many expected. Today they announced which players have been honored with team postseason awards, as voted on by a five-person committee from the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Brewers pitcher Brent Suter was voted as the team’s Unsung Hero winner. This year Suter bounced back and forth between Milwaukee and the minor leagues. He spent six separate stints with the Brewers, going 3-2 with a 3.42 earned run average in 22 games for the club. He made 14 starts for the team. Last year’s winner of the award was Hernán Pérez.

Sticking on the pitching staff, closer Corey Knebel was named the team’s Most Valuable Pitcher. Knebel made 76 appearances for the team, totaling 76 saves while posting a 1.78 ERA. He also was tied for the Major League lead in strikeouts by a reliever with 126, which was a team record. Knebel also set the Major League record for most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout at 45. Last season Junior Guerra took home the award.

Third baseman Travis Shaw takes home multiple awards, winning the team Most Valuable Player and Newcomer of the Year. He was acquired via a trade with the Boston Red Sox last offseason. Shaw hit .273 with 31 home runs and 101 runs batted in for the Brewers this year. Shaw unseats Ryan Braun, who had been the team’s MVP the previous two seasons.

Brewers playoff hopes take a hit in 6-0 loss to Cincinnati

The Milwaukee Brewers playoff chances are on life support. That’s after veteran Homer Bailey pitched seven scoreless innings for the Cincinnati Reds in a 6-0 win at Miller Park on Wednesday night.

“You got to earn these wins,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Tonight we didn’t do much on both sides — starting pitching (wise) and offensively we didn’t do well enough to give ourselves a chance.”

The game got away from Milwaukee in the third inning, as the Reds roughed up Brandon Woodruff by posting five runs, including a solo homer from catcher Tucker Barhart. Woodruff lasted just 2 1/3 innings and dropped to 2-3 on the year.

Bailey, meanwhile, scattered four hits over his outing and Milwaukee never managed an extra base hit in the game as the Brewers lost to the Reds for a fourth time in five games.

For Milwaukee, the loss dropped the Crew 2 ½ games back of Colorado for the final wild card spot in the National League with just four games to play.

The Brewers and Reds will close out their series Thursday afternoon at Miller Park.

Travis Shaw’s 2-run walk-off HR pushes the Brewers past Chicago

Faced with the same extra innings situation they had been in the last two nights, the Milwaukee Brewers were determined to change the outcome on Saturday — and they did.

After watching the Chicago Cubs score in the top of the 10th inning in each of the last two games and go on to win, manager Craig Counsell’s club once again faced a deficit when they came to the plate at Miller Park in the 10th. But instead of just accepting a fourth straight loss, the Brewers kept their playoff hopes alive thanks to a 2-run, walk-off homer by Travis Shaw for a 4-3 win.

It was a 1-1 game until the top of the eighth inning when Kris Bryant drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and it stayed that way heading to the bottom of the ninth.

Two things were going against the Brewers at that point — closer Wade Davis hadn’t blown a save in 2017 and Milwaukee hadn’t won a game when trailing after eight innings all year. Shortstop Orlando Arcia took care of the first part with a solo homer, and then, after Chicago got an RBI single from Jon Jay in the 10th inning, Shaw took care of the second part following up a Ryan Braun double with his 31st homer of the year and the win.

The victory guaranteed the Brewers would have a winning record, the first time since 2014. It also kept them in the race for the second wild card in the National League, as they pulled even with St. Louis, sitting 1 1/2 games behind Colorado. Both of those teams had yet to play Saturday.

Milwaukee will try to get the split of its four-game series with the Cubs on Sunday afternoon.

Milwaukee blows late lead, loses 5-3 in 10 innings to Chicago

For a second straight night the Milwaukee Brewers lost in agonizing fashion, this time a 5-3 setback to the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

Manager Craig Counsell’s club took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning against the defending World Series champions, only to see shortstop Javy Baez drive in the tying run off of Jeremy Jeffress with two strikes and two down.

“(Jeffress) did a great job. He did exactly what he was supposed to do,” Counsell said. “He threw a ball on the last pitch (to Baez), that looked to me like it was just off the ground, and (Baez) just rolled a ball up the middle.”

Milwaukee loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but couldn’t get a run across. In the 10th, Chicago’s Kris Bryant drilled what proved to be the game-winning 2-run homer off of Oliver Drake.

The loss came a night after the Brewers blew a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning to Pittsburgh, who went on to win the game 6-4.

“Two tough games,” Counsell said of the missed opportunities. “We’re still sitting, to me, in a pretty good spot, where we can play well for the last nine days and still do something good. Every loss is going to be incredibly tough right now.”

Chicago pushed its lead in the NL Central to 4 ½ games on the second-place Brewers, and while it seems a bit much to ask to catch the Cubs, Milwaukee is still, like Counsell said, in good shape playoff-wise. That’s thanks to Colorado, which has lost three straight and still holds just a one-game lead on the Brewers, with St. Louis a ½ game back of them.

“Having multiple options to get into the playoffs is nice, but (this) is a big series regardless of that wild card issue,” pitcher Zach Davies said. “We’ve got three games left (with the Cubs). We’ll take it to them the next three.”

Milwaukee and Chicago will play game No. 2 of the four-game series at Miller Park on Friday night with first pitch coming at 6:35 p.m.

Brewers beat Pittsburgh 1-0, move to within a game of Colorado in wild card race

The Milwaukee Brewers continued their push towards the postseason Tuesday night with a 1-0 shutout victory over Pittsburgh.

Chase Anderson threw six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to pick up his 11th win of the year, though it didn’t come easy. In the sixth inning, Pittsburgh managed to get a runner to third with no outs. Anderson had an answer though, getting Andrew McCutchen to strike out and then a pair of fly balls to get out of the inning.

With Anderson’s night done, the duo of Anthony Swarzak and Corey Knebel came on to finish things off, with the latter picking up his 37th save. It was Milwaukee’s 12th shutout this year and the fourth in the month of September alone.

The only offense Milwaukee got – or needed – came courtesy of a solo home run in the fourth inning from Domingo Santana, his 26th long ball of the year.

Thanks to a walk-off win by San Francisco over Colorado, the Brewers moved to within one game of the Rockies in the race for the final wild card spot in the National League. The Crew remained 3 ½ games back of Chicago in the NL Central after the Cubs won their seventh straight game.

Milwaukee will finish off its series with the Pirates tonight before coming home for four games against the Cubs at Miller Park.

Brewers beat Pittsburgh, gain ground in playoff chase

The Milwaukee Brewers are within two games of the Colorado Rockies and the final wild-card spot in the National League. That’s after manager Craig Counsell’s crew went on the road Monday night and got a 3-0 shutout win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Counsell said of his team’s push for the postseason. “Another win adds a little more pressure to the teams were are chasing and it puts us in a good spot.”

Milwaukee’s pitching staff was the story on Monday, as Brent Suter threw five scoreless innings to get the win. The bullpen took care of things from there, including Corey Knebel coming on to close out the ninth inning for his 36th save on the year.

The Brewers took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a Ryan Braun solo homer, his 17th on the year. Second baseman Neil Walker drove in a run against his old team in the sixth inning, before a Travis Shaw RBI single in the eighth capped the scoring.

With the win, Milwaukee is now 10 games over .500 for the first time since July 16, and it allowed for the Brewers to gain a 1/2 game on the idle Rockies, leaving them just two games back in the wild card race with 12 to go. They are also 3 1/2 games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

It’ll be the Brewers and Pirates again on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

Brewers-Marlins series moved to Milwaukee

Each major league team is scheduled to play 81 home games and 81 away games during the season. For the Milwaukee Brewers it will be 84 and 78, respectively, this year.

MLB announced Wednesday afternoon that Milwaukee’s series with the Miami Marlins had been moved to Miller Park after Hurricane Irma rolled through South Florida over the weekend. It means games originally intended to be play this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Marlins Park will be played in Milwaukee.

Miami officials said MLB approached them about moving the series, and though they felt they were in a position to host as scheduled, they agreed to move so as not to put any more strain on emergency services in the area.

“The change of venue was made at the request of Major League Baseball and the Marlins, due to the conditions caused by Hurricane Irma,” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said in team statement. “We will be ready to host this weekend and are working to put all of the logistics in order.”

The games at home, including having a day off on Thursday instead of traveling, could prove to be an advantage for Milwaukee as the Brewers chase their first playoff berth since 2011. They enter Wednesday night’s tilt with Pittsburgh a 1/2 game back of St. Louis and 2 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL Central, while also being four games back of Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the National League.