Brewers get 2 prospects from A's for Davis

Brewers get 2 prospects from A's for Davis

MILWAUKEE -- With Maryvale Baseball Park beginning to buzz, the Brewers' rebuild rolled on Friday with a trade that sent slugging left fielder Khris Davis to Oakland for a top catching prospect, Jacob Nottingham, plus pitching prospect Bubba Derby.

Davis' throwing arm limits him to left field, but he gives the A's a dose of prodigious power at the plate and has four remaining years of club control. The Brewers, meanwhile, eased a left-field logjam while continuing to stockpile prospects, including a 20-year-old, highly rated catcher to bolster their Minor League ranks while they weigh interest in All-Star Jonathan Lucroy.

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Crew's slew of newcomers reflects rebuild

Carter, Anderson and Hill among Brewers' offseason acquisitions

Crew's slew of newcomers reflects rebuild

This is Part II of a series of stories previewing the 2016 Brewers, which has already covered their bounceback candidates and moves now to newcomers. The series will also look at prospects who could contribute, lineup and bullpen possibilities and details for fans planning their own visits to Maryvale Baseball Park. It culminates Feb. 19, when Brewers pitchers and catchers formally report for the start of Spring Training.

MILWAUKEE -- The long list of Brewers newcomers reflects the club's full-blown rebuilding effort, which began in the middle of last season under then-GM Doug Melvin and has continued under David Stearns. Since taking over, Stearns has made nine trades and five waiver claims while adding three players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft, making two Rule 5 Draft picks from other teams in the Major League phase and signing one Major League free agent.

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Brewers sign Boyer to Minors deal

Contract with veteran reliever includes invitation to Major League camp

Brewers sign Boyer to Minors deal

The Brewers signed veteran relief pitcher Blaine Boyer to a Minor League contract on Friday and extended the right-hander an invitation to Spring Training.

Boyer made 68 appearances out of the Twins' bullpen last season and posted a 2.49 ERA despite recording only 33 strikeouts over 65 innings. The 34-year-old made a comeback in 2014, pitching 32 games for the Padres after not appearing in the Majors from 2012-13.

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Post-GM life, Melvin keeping busy

Post-GM life, Melvin keeping busy

MILWAUKEE -- Doug Melvin has an idea to solve the designated hitter debate: Instead of taking the bat completely out of pitchers' hands, allow National League teams to designate a player on each bench to pinch-hit twice in a game. That would reduce the likelihood of a high-priced starting pitcher getting hurt swinging a bat and also help managers deal with benches squeezed by expanding bullpens, all while preserving some of the strategy unique to NL play.

"That's my hybrid idea," Melvin said. "Offensive numbers for pitchers are worse than ever, and there's nothing more depressing than when you've got a rally going and all of a sudden, the pitcher comes up with the bases loaded, two outs and no chance.

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Signs of spring: Truck Day in Milwaukee

Signs of spring: Truck Day in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- Ten days ahead of Brewers pitchers and catchers reporting for duty, Tuesday was moving day at Miller Park.

In an annual tradition, the famous Racing Sausages helped load equipment onto a moving truck bound for Maryvale Baseball Park. It carried everything from the Brewers' new alternate jerseys to medical supplies to sunflower seeds, all packed for a three-day journey to Phoenix and the sunshine of Spring Training.

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3 Brewers in need of a comeback

Veterans Lucroy, Garza and Peralta seek better results in 2016

3 Brewers in need of a comeback

This is the first of a series of stories previewing the 2016 Brewers, beginning with their bounce-back candidates. The series will also look at newcomers to the club, prospects who could contribute, lineup and bullpen possibilities as well as details for fans planning their own visits to Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. It culminates on Feb. 19, when pitchers and catchers formally report for the start of Spring Training.

MILWAUKEE -- Bounce-back candidates are a good place to begin, since they represent some of the few returning players from a 2015 team that struggled and prompted an organizational rebuild. Here are three players who would love to find themselves bandied about for Comeback Player of the Year by season's end:

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers' single-game tickets go on sale Feb. 27

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will begin selling individual game tickets at 9 a.m. CT on Feb. 27 as part of their annual "Arctic Tailgate," the club announced Friday.

While some fans purchase tickets via Brewers.com from the warmth of their home or office, others will brave the elements at Miller Park. The Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and former Brewers players will be on hand to greet fans waiting in line for tickets, the first 2,000 of whom will receive a T-shirt.

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Inbox: Is 1B move in future for Braun?

Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers fans' questions

Inbox: Is 1B move in future for Braun?

Welcome to baseball season, Brewers fans. I'm sure many of the diehards among you bid good riddance to last year, so let's look ahead instead at your questions about a franchise in the midst of a transition.

You can email your questions to the link below, or Tweet me any time. I would like to revive this space as a more regular feature in 2016, so keep the feedback coming.

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Peterson back, joins list of CF candidates

Brewers extend invitation to Major League camp

Peterson back, joins list of CF candidates

MILWAUKEE -- An already long list of Brewers outfield candidates grew by one Thursday when the team retained Shane Peterson, who'd been designated for assignment last week.

Peterson cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Brewers extended him an invitation to Major League camp, which will be stocked with at least 12 outfielders -- eight on the 40-man roster, plus another four non-roster invitees.

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Melvin recounts 2006 Cruz trade

Melvin recounts 2006 Cruz trade

MILWAUKEE -- Bill Murray and the 1993 film Groundhog Day made Feb. 2 a day for do-overs, so we posed this question to former Brewers general manager Doug Melvin:

If there's one trade you could take back, what would it be?

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Attanasio embracing Brewers' plan to rebuild

Attanasio embracing Brewers' plan to rebuild

MILWAUKEE -- Three months after he bought the Brewers in 2004, Mark Attanasio approved a trade that brought Carlos Lee to Milwaukee. As Attanasio said Sunday, "We went right at it."

Year after year, Attanasio kept going at it. Now, he and the Brewers are in the midst of a big step in a different direction, which made Sunday's "Brewers On Deck" event at Milwaukee's downtown convention center so different from years past. Since the same event one year earlier, the franchise has a new general manager, a new field manager and so many new players that Attanasio found himself reminiscing on Sunday about his first fanfest, when he was the new guy making the rounds.

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Braun hoping he'll be ready by Opening Day

Outfielder says he's slightly behind schedule while recovering from back surgery

Braun hoping he'll be ready by Opening Day

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun is behind schedule in his recovery from offseason back surgery, but he said Sunday during "Brewers On Deck" that he remains hopeful about playing on Opening Day.

Braun underwent surgery in the week following the regular season to relieve a bulging disk in his lower back, and he was just cleared do rotational exercises two weeks ago. He did not begin swinging a bat until last week.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers pitchers get into Adele lip-sync battle

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Brewers pitchers get into Adele lip-sync battle

Maybe you didn't think going to Brewers on Deck would make you all emotional. Sure, you were expecting to be excited, but you didn't really think you'd access your deeper hidden feelings, the kind only repeated viewings of "Up" can bring out in you. 

Well, hopefully you paid attention to the headline of this post and you're prepared to weep, because you're about to watch relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress lip sync their hearts (and ours) out to Adele's "Hello."

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Garza intent on rebounding after 'anomaly'

Garza intent on rebounding after 'anomaly'

MILWAUKEE -- Wearing a Brewers jersey for the first time since his heated departure in September, Matt Garza said Sunday that he was committed to the team's rebuilding process but would "pitch selfishly" in an effort to rebound from the most frustrating season of his career.

"I'm going to pitch for me," Garza said during Brewers On Deck. "I haven't done that in my whole career, but I think it is time I pitch for me. I hate to say it, but I deserve it."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal

Trade of Segura could clear path for Arcia; Crew lands Anderson, two others

Brewers, D-backs strike 5-player deal

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers and D-backs made a Saturday splash with a five-player trade that cleared a path to the Major Leagues for Milwaukee's top prospect.

Removing a roadblock for Orlando Arcia, Milwaukee sent shortstop Jean Segura, along with Southern League ERA champ Tyler Wagner, to Arizona for right-hander Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill and Minor League shortstop Isan Diaz. The Brewers also received cash in the deal to cover some of the $12 million due to Hill in the final season of the veteran's three-year contract.

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Crew posts 5 prospects on '16 Top 100 list

Arcia soars up rankings to lead pack at No. 6

Crew posts 5 prospects on '16 Top 100 list

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' recent prospect stockpiling was reflected Friday, when MLBPipeline.com unveiled an updated list of baseball's Top 100 prospects that included five Brewers farmhands, led by shortstop Orlando Arcia at No. 6.

Arcia shot up the board with a breakthrough season at Double-A Biloxi, moving from No. 89 at this time last year to No. 12 at midseason to No. 6 today. Also in the Top 100 are outfielder Brett Phillips (No. 32), right-hander Jorge Lopez (No. 57), left-hander Josh Hader (No.61) and outfielder Trent Clark (No. 83).

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Phil Rogers

Crew's rebuild takes step forward

Milwaukee's financial flexibility allows it to part with Segura

Crew's rebuild takes step forward

Well, there go the Brewers. Throwing their weight around again. Or something like that.

Give David Stearns and Doug Melvin credit. The guys running the Brew Crew created so much financial flexibility with their trades since the middle of 2015 that they were able to benefit by becoming the team that met the D-backs' desire to part with Aaron Hill.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Broadcaster Block departs; Levering promoted

Broadcaster Block departs; Levering promoted

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers ramped up efforts to bolster their broadcaster lineup Saturday after the Pirates announced they had hired Joe Block to work games on radio and TV.

Milwaukee immediately promoted Jeff Levering to replace Block, who had spent the past four seasons on the Brewers Radio Network alongside the legendary Bob Uecker. Levering joined the broadcast team last year to provide content for the Brewers' website and social media platforms and to call games with Block when Uecker did not travel to road games.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers acquire OF prospect Liriano from SD

Brewers acquire OF prospect Liriano from SD

MILWAUKEE -- The rebuilding Brewers are taking a chance on outfielder Rymer Liriano, a former top prospect cut loose last week by the Padres.

Milwaukee sent left-handed reliever Trevor Seidenberger to San Diego on Friday for the 24-year-old Liriano, who ranked among MLB.com's top 60 prospects three years ago and is now out of options. He is strikeout-prone (752 whiffs in 738 career Minor League games) but is a career .277/.350/.435 hitter in seven pro seasons while manning all three outfield positions. He briefly made it to the Major Leagues in 2014.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers unveil Miller Park renovations

Playground, team store and executive suite among revamped areas

Brewers unveil Miller Park renovations

MILWAUKEE -- A new meeting space and kids area, plus a renovated team store, highlight improvements being unveiled for the Brewers' 16th season at Miller Park.

Here's a rundown of what's new for 2016:

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Phillips makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

Twins' Buxton tops list, Rangers' Brinson and Mazara follow

Phillips makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 OF Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

For the third (and likely the last) time, this Top 10 -- the final by-position ranking unveiled prior to the Top 100 Prospects list -- is headed by the Twins' Byron Buxton. He may not have taken the world by storm during his big league debut, but neither did Mike Trout. And, let's face it, Buxton's tools across the board are unparalleled.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers reveal new Sunday jersey, cap

Brewers reveal new Sunday jersey, cap

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are blending their present with their past for a new look on Sundays this season.

The club Tuesday unveiled a new alternate jersey it will wear most Sundays in 2016. It uses the current primary color -- navy -- with a retro yellow accent. The "Milwaukee" script across the front comes from the current road uniforms, while the iconic ball and glove logo featured on the sleeve and cap comes from the Brewers' past.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Arcia No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

Dodgers' Seager tops list, Philly's Crawford and Brewers' Arcia next up

Arcia No. 3 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 SS Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Even with Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Addison Russell graduating to the big leagues, shortstop remains the glamour position for up-and-coming talent. Corey Seager, J.P. Crawford and Orlando Arcia rank among the elite prospects in the game, while Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman and Brendan Rodgers were the first three picks in the 2015 Draft. Interestingly, the top six shortstop prospects and eight of the 10 best belong to National League clubs.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers encouraged by On Deck enthusiasm

Annual fan fest a chance to get acquainted with team's young talent

Brewers encouraged by On Deck enthusiasm

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger expressed optimism about fan interest in Sunday's On Deck event, saying he sees it as an opportunity to introduce fans to new players and does not expect the team's rebuilding effort to have an impact on attendance at the annual fan fest.

More than 50 players, coaches and former stars are expected at Milwaukee's downtown convention center Sunday for Brewers On Deck, which features autograph and photo opportunities, question-and-answer sessions, game shows, memorabilia displays and interactive clinics for kids. The scheduled participants and a full schedule were released last week.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former All-Star Capuano back with Brewers

Joining fellow lefty Jimenez as NRI with Minors invite, veteran to compete for rotation

Former All-Star Capuano back with Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Roughly a decade after he helped the Brewers navigate one rebuilding period, Chris Capuano will bid to join another.

Capuano was among two left-handers, with Cesar Jimenez, who signed Minor League contracts on Monday that included an invitation to big league Spring Training camp. At 37, and nearly a dozen years removed from his Brewers debut, Capuano is eyeing a spot in Milwaukee's starting rotation.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reimagine 5 dog movies with Hank as the star

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Reimagine 5 dog movies with Hank as the star

It's been almost two years since Hank the Ballpark Pup wandered into the Brewers' Spring Training facility, made the team and completely stole all of our hearts.

It was like something out of a movie -- and hopefully Hank's story is made into a movie someday, starring Hank, Bernie Brewer and the Racing Sausages. But for now, as we wait, let us imagine Hank as the star of some famous dog-ish movies over the years.

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Adcock selected for Miller Park Walk of Fame

Former Milwaukee Braves star part of 1957 World Series-winning team

Adcock selected for Miller Park Walk of Fame

Joe Adcock, a powerful right-handed hitter who played 10 seasons for the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-62, will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame, the Brewers announced Friday.

Adcock, who died in May 1999 at the age of 71, was elected after receiving 23 votes (67.6 percent) in balloting from the media and a panel. He had fallen one vote shy of election last year.

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Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.