Brewers announce new additions to Walk of Fame and Wall of Honor

The Milwaukee Brewers announced Thursday three new members of their Wall of Honor and one former player to be enshrined in their Walk of Fame.

Prince Fielder, who spent seven seasons with Milwaukee, will be added to the Wall of Honor this summer. The first baseman hit 230 home runs during his time with the Brewers, and was a part of the team that went to the NLCS in 2011. A three-time All-Star with Milwaukee, Fielder also finished in the top-5 of MVP voting three times while with the club.

Fielder will be joined on the wall by former general managers Harry Dalton and Doug Melvin. Dalton, who passed away in 2005, was in charge of the Brewers from 1977 to 1991, and helped build the 1982 American League champions. Melvin, meanwhile, was Milwaukee’s leader from 2002 to 2015, and oversaw an operation that went to the playoffs twice.

The team also announced that outfielder Geoff Jenkins will be the 20th member of their Walk of Fame. An All-Star in 2003, Jenkins had 212 home runs in his 10 seasons with Milwaukee.

The Wall of Honor ceremony will be held on July 21, while the Walk of Fame enshrinement will take place July 24.

The position to pay attention to for the upcoming Brewers season

The trade for outfielder Christian Yelich, the signing of former All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain, the experiment of moving Ryan Braun from the outfield to first base and the push for another starting pitcher have dominated the offseason storylines for the Milwaukee Brewers. But it’s another position that’s not garnering headlines that fans of the team should be keeping an eye on — second base.

Why? Well, the Brewers were one of the worst teams in baseball when it came to production out of that position in 2017. The push to fix it has left Milwaukee with a lot of options as well as question marks. The players who are poised to see time at second base this season are Jonathan Villar, Eric Sogard, Hernan Perez, and Mauricio Dubon.

A name missing there is Neil Walker. The Brewers traded for the veteran last season, but in the wake of the Yelich trade and Cain singing, it’s unlikely Milwaukee brings him back.

The first option, and the one with the most upside, is Jonathan Villar. The switch-hitting Villar is coming off a disappointing season in 2017 after a big year during the 2016 campaign. At 26 years olf, Villar is relatively young and still learning how to play the game at the major league level.

Some of his errors in the field and on the bases were head-scratching, but can be manageable when he produces like he did in 2016. That season, Villar hit .285 with 19 home runs and 63 RBIs from the lead-off spot. He also added 63 stolen bases, which led Major League Baseball.

Last season, Villar hit .241 with 11 home runs and 40 RBIs. His numbers were down pretty much across the board, but took significant hits in stolen bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.

Overall, Villar had a lot more swings and misses in 2017, which didn’t allow him to get on base, and ultimately steal bases. Milwaukee already has a scary lineup, but if it gets the 2016 version of Villar, it could field one of the best offenses in baseball.

Eric Sogard is coming off one of his best seasons as a professional, and is another candidate to get time at second base. Sogard has had injury issues that have plagued his career, but stayed relatively healthy for the Brewers last season. He signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee right after the season and should be a heavily used utility player.

Hernan Perez, like Sogard, should be used as a utility player once again this season and should see spot starts at second. Perez is the most versatile player on the Brewers roster and potentially in the major leagues. He played every position beside catcher last season, including getting one inning on the mound.

Perez will find playing time at many positions this season, and could find a permanent spot at second base if Villar doesn’t produce and Sogard doesn’t stay healthy.

The biggest wildcard of all the players is Mauricio Dubon. The 23-year-old from Honduras is practically a spitting image of the team’s shortstop — Orlando Arcia. He came up playing the same spot, but the Brewers moved him to second base due to Arcia playing at such a high level. Dubon like Arcia, is a slick fielding infielder with a cannon for an arm.

He’s a player that will hit for average, steal bases, and play gold glove caliber defense. Dubon won’t bring the power that Villar or Perez will, but the Brewers lineup might not need that from him. He appeared in the MLB Futures Game last season and had a nice performance. It’s unlikely that he’ll start the season in the big leagues, but should see some time with the major league club.

For my money, I think Brewers fans should hope for a bounce back season from Villar, as he has the highest ceiling of any of the potential second base candidates this season. I like having guys like Sogard and Perez as key utility players, who can play multiple positions and are a reliable bat off the bench. I’ve been a Dubon advocate for a couple of years now, and am looking forward to see what he can do when he arrives in the big leagues. I don’t think he will have a huge impact on the team this season, but could be the second baseman of the future.

Here’s why the Brewers should hold on to OF Domingo Santana

With the trade for Christian Yelich and the signing of Lorenzo Cain last week, the Brewers now have a surplus of outfielders. Besides Yelich and Cain, Milwaukee also has Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, and Brett Phillips, all who primarily play the three outfield positions.

Undoubtedly, the Brewers will have to move some of the outfielders on their roster, but should hold on to Domingo Santana, who had a breakout season in 2017. Santana’s name has come up  in multiple reports as a player the Brewers are currently shopping. Many have speculated that Milwaukee will be likely looking to trade Santana for a high-end starting pitcher.

The Brewers and Santana have been linked to teams and players such as the Tampa Bay Rays with Chris Archer and the Cleveland Indians with most notably Danny Salazar. It makes sense that Milwaukee would look into potential trade partners for Santana, but should at least think about holding on to a player of his caliber.

Since coming to Milwaukee as part of the trade that sent Carlos Gomez to the Houston Astros, Santana’s numbers have shown continued improvement. His batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, and OPS, were all up in each of the last three seasons. Not only has his batting production increased, but his defensive runs saved and adjusted range statistics have also improved. He also has a cannon for an arm out in right field. MLB Network ranked Santana as the 8th best right fielder heading into 2018.

The Brewers have also talked about moving Ryan Braun to first base, which would make sense since he took a step back in the outfield last season, but is still a bat you want in the lineup. Braun used to be an above-average outfielder, but age and injuries have started to take its toll. Of the five outfielders listed above, Braun is the worst outfielder of the group.

Santana’s contract goes right along with both Yelich and Cain’s deals. Cain will be under contract through the 2022 season making an average of $16 million a year. Yelich is under club control through 2022, making an average of just over $7 million per year, while Santana is under contract through 2021 and is eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2019. Overall the outfield of Cain, Yelich, and Santana will be under contract for the next four to five years at a reasonable price.

The Brewers also still have a good enough farm system to trade for a top-end starter. Prior to the Yelich trade, a move in which Milwaukee sent three top 100 prospect to the Marlins, the team’s farm system was ranked eighth by Baseball America. On Monday, the outlet had Milwaukee at No. 11. The Brewers still have three prospects ranked in the top 100 and two more who just narrowly missed the cut. The cupboard definitely isn’t bare in Milwaukee.

Overall, if the Brewers hold on to Santana, they would have one of the most productive outfields in MLB both offensively and defensively. Santana also has a very team-friendly deal and would be under contract for another four years, which would give Milwaukee financial flexibility. The Brewers also have a good enough farm system to go out and acquire top-end talent with the prospects they still have in the minor leagues.

Report: Brewers sign reliever Matt Albers

The Milwaukee Brewers continued their spending ways on Monday.

As first reported by The Athletic, general manager David Stearns has come to an agreement with relief pitcher Matt Albers. It’s a two-year deal worth $5 million.

The 35-year-old Albers spent last season with the Washington Nationals, where he went 7-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 61 innings of work. Milwaukee will be the eighth different team Albers has pitched for in his major league career.

The addition comes on the heels of last Thursday’s high profile moves — the signing of free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain to a five-year, $80 million deal and the trade that sent four prospects to the Miami Marlins for outfielder Christian Yelich.

Milwaukee’s pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for spring training on Feb. 14.

Why the Brewers aren’t necessarily going “all in” with these recent moves

The Milwaukee Brewers and general manager David Stearns are back at it again. The club is the talk of the off-season right now after trading for Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich and signing former All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain as a free agent Thursday night.

Milwaukee still has a crowded outfield, which means that more moves will be likely to come before the start of spring training and players such as Domingo Santana, Brett Phillips, and Keon Broxton could be on the move. Despite all of these transactions, though, the Brewers aren’t necessarily going all in with a win-now mentality.

Here are some of the reasons why the Brewers didn’t mortgage their future and are not only going to contend for a playoff spot this season, but for a World Series for the next five years.

Trading for Yelich cost Milwaukee its top prospect in Lewis Brinson and other highly ranked prospects in Isan Diaz (6th), Monte Harrison (14th), and Jordan Yamamoto (21st). Yelich is the player right now that the Brewers had hoped Brinson could become and the one Miami is banking on him becoming.

The 23-year-old Brinson spent some time in the majors last season, but struggled when given the chance to play. At 26 years old, Yelich has been playing in the big leagues for five years, and is coming off a season in which he hit .282 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs. He did that while hitting at Marlins Park, a much bigger stadium than Milwaukee’s Miller Park.

Milwaukee included 21-year-old Diaz in the deal and was able to do so because of the depth at its middle infield spots. The Brewers currently have Orlando Arcia at shortstop and are hoping for a bounce back season from Jonathan Villar at second base. The Brewers also have their seventh-ranked prospect in Mauricio Dubon, who is expected to see time at the big league level this season. Milwaukee also has another top prospect, Jean Carmona (13th) at that position.

The 22-year-old Harrison was another prospect that became expendable because of the depth at the outfield position. Harrison had a big season last year between low and high-A. He was still a ways away from the big leagues at this point in his career.

The last player involved in the trade, 21-year-old Jordan Yamamoto is coming off a good season in high-A with Carolina, but was among the organization top-10 pitching prospects.

Yelich will be under contract through a good chunk of his prime. He won’t be eligible for free agency until 2022. Yelich will command the most money during the 2021 season, a season in which he will make $15 million. Milwaukee basically nailed down an All-Star caliber player for a reasonable price during the prime of his career.

Many fans have questioned the signing of Cain, especially after trading for Yelich. Yes, the Brewers still have a crowded outfield. Yes, Cain turns 32 years old during this upcoming season. Yes, he’s making an average of $16 million per year over the next five season with this new deal.

What many people don’t know is that is that every Major League Baseball owner was given $50 million due to the deal that Disney struck with the league related to streaming and marketing. This means that Milwaukee’s owner, Mark Attanasio, could put that money towards the Brewers team salary. In the past, Attanasio hasn’t hesitated to spend money when he feels the team can contend and these moves suggest he does.

The Brewers could essentially use that money to pay for part of Cain’s $80 million contract. This would leave Milwaukee on the hook for $30 million over the next five years, which makes it a much more team-friendly deal at $6 million per year over five years. Under the ownership of Attanasio, the Brewers have seen their team salary rise as high as $110 million. The Brewers expected salary is around $90 million for the upcoming season, which should leave the Brewers with roughly $20 million dollars a year to spend on future signings, extensions, etc. The Brewers still have financial flexibility to make future moves.

Brewers fans are a winning starved bunch and just seeing progress from off-season moves like these can lead to this kind of “all in” thinking by fans. The moves that Stearns and the Brewers made yesterday by no means show that the Brewers are in the “win now” mode. These two transactions are just another step in the rebuild and the push for getting to the World Series in the near future. Milwaukee definitely added better players to their roster yesterday, but still have a farm full of prospects, financial flexibility, and time to build towards championships.

Brewers announce the signing of free agent OF Lorenzo Cain

Lorenzo Cain is coming back to where he started.

According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the free agent outfielder. The team made it official late Friday morning.

Cain began his career with Milwaukee in 2010 before being traded to Kansas City in 2011 as part of a deal that sent pitcher Zack Grienke to the Brewers.

Crasnick reports the contract is the largest deal signed this offseason.

An All-Star in 2015, the 31-year-old Cain batted .300 with 15 home runs and 49 RBIs in 155 games for the Royals last season.

With Cain in the mix, along with the trade for Christian Yelich, the Brewers have a bit of a logjam in the outfield, considering most of their outfield from a year ago — Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, Domingo Santana and Brett Phillips — is still around. It’s possible, and probably likely, that general manager David Stearns isn’t done dealing.

Brewers make a big move, trade for OF Christian Yelich

David Stearns has traded away plenty of big names since becoming the Milwaukee Brewers general manager. On Thursday, he did the opposite.

As first reported by the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and confirmed by the club, the Brewers have acquired the services of Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. In return, Milwaukee will send its top prospect, outfielder Lewis Brinson, along with outfielder Monte Harrison, infielder Isan Diaz and pitcher Jordan Yamamoto.

In his fourth full year in the majors, the 26-year-old Yelich batted .282 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs last season for the Marlins. According to ESPN Stats and Info, only three outfielders — Mike Trout, Rookie Betts and Charlie Blackmon — have a better batting average the last two seasons than Yelich’s .299.

It’s not just offense that Milwaukee is getting. Yelich won a Gold Glove in 2014 and has a career fielding percentage of .992, including .997 in 2017.

Grabbing Yelich comes at a significant cost. Brinson was the No. 1 prospect in Milwaukee’s organization, according to, while Harrison was No. 5 and Diaz was No. 9.

A lefty, the California native is under contract through 2021 with a team option for 2022. He’s due to make $7 million in 2018.

Report: Brewers have put together trade package for Yelich

According to Sirius XM Radio Host Craig Mish the Milwaukee Brewers have put together a trade offer for Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

The report was later confirmed by Joe Frisaro, the reporter for the Marlins.

Frisaro reports that the Marlins have an interest in Milwaukee prospect Lewis Brinson. Brinson is the top prospect in the Milwaukee system, according to He made his Major League debut last season, playing in 21 games. Brinson had a slash line of .106/.236/.277, totaling two home runs and three runs batted in.

Yelich has expressed his interest in being traded from the Marlins after they have already sold off key players in Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, and Marcell Ozuna. Last season he hit 18 home runs while driving in 81 runs and posting a 3.9 Wins Above Replacement (WAR).

Yelich has four years remaining on a seven-year deal worth $49.57 million. He also has a $15 million dollar option for the 2022 season. His 2018 salary is $7 million.

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