Brewers avoid arbitration with Gennett, Nieuwenhuis

Brewers avoid arbitration with Gennett, Nieuwenhuis

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers avoided arbitration with second baseman Scooter Gennett and outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis with one-year deals, tendered contracts to five other arbitration-eligible players and cut loose first baseman Chris Carter on Friday.

Gennett signed for $2.525 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility and Nieuwenhuis will earn $900,000 in the Major Leagues, according to reports from MLB Network's Jon Heyman. The Brewers also tendered contracts to pitchers Chase Anderson, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg and Carlos Torres and catcher Martin Maldonado, all of whom are essentially signed for 2017, at a salary to be determined in arbitration if both parties can't reach an agreement.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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 non-tender NL HR champ Carter

Brewers non-tender NL HR champ Carter

MILWAUKEE -- Unable to find a trade partner for slugger Chris Carter, the Brewers on Friday took the expected, but nonetheless unprecedented, step of non-tendering a reigning league home run champion.

The Brewers had designated Carter for assignment earlier in the week after signing free agent Eric Thames, a player coming off three monster years in Korea who costs less than Carter and fills a need as a left-handed hitter. GM David Stearns spent the rest of the week trying to trade Carter before Friday's 7 p.m. CT deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Crew could bolster rebuild at Winter Meetings

Club looks to deal valuable chips in exchange for prospects

Crew could bolster rebuild at Winter Meetings

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' rebuild rolls on at the Winter Meetings, where GM David Stearns will continue fielding calls about players as he seeks to further bolster a Minor League system rated No. 1 by MLBPipeline.com.

Stearns could field an Opening Day lineup, starting rotation and bullpen with players already on the 40-man roster, but he is likely to make some moves to alter the field before then. At the top of the list of trade chips is Ryan Braun, who is as curious as anyone about whether he will still be a Brewer come Spring Training.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers add Thames on three-year deal

Veteran slugger spent past three seasons in Korea

Brewers add Thames on three-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- In one of the most out-of-the-box signings in recent baseball history, the Brewers on Tuesday finalized a three-year contract with Eric Thames, a 30-year-old going on five years since his last at-bat in the big leagues and who spent the past three seasons putting up monster numbers in Korea.

The Brewers are investing at least $16 million in Thames on the premise that his success in Korea, where he topped 37 home runs in three straight seasons, will translate back to Major League Baseball. He'll be the Brewers' regular first baseman.

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Mike Bauman

Dealing Braun increasingly makes sense for Brewers

Moving six-time All-Star could be on horizon for Milwaukee

Dealing Braun increasingly makes sense for Brewers

The notion of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was once unthinkable. Now, it seems much closer to completely plausible.

Yes as both the Brewers' organizational direction and the market have changed, the concept of trading Braun has progressed all the way from "Why?" to "Why not?"

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

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Brewers' Diaz

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Brewers' Diaz

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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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.

Watch Thames hit KBO home runs for half an hour

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Watch Thames hit KBO home runs for half an hour

On Tuesday, the Brewers inked a three-year deal with Eric Thames, a first baseman you last saw in MLB with the Mariners in 2012. In 130 plate appearances with the team, he hit .220/.256/.439, with six home runs. Then, in 2013, he signed a contract with the KBO's NC Dinos.

He seemed pretty thrilled about it at the time, citing the amazing atmosphere in KBO parks and even offering to pitch if needed. Then, in his first full season, he hit .343/.422/.688 with 37 homers, so we're pretty sure the Dinos were happy with him where he was. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Trade Braun? Choice may be key at Meetings

GM Stearns notes OF is 'area of organizational depth' for Brewers

Trade Braun? Choice may be key at Meetings

MILWAUKEE -- Trade Ryan Braun as the next step in a rebuild? Or keep Braun and his 30-homer potential in place?

It's the biggest decision general manager David Stearns and the Brewers face as the Winter Meetings convene next week outside Washington, D.C. Braun himself is hanging on the answer.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Crew claims reliever Geltz off waivers from Rays

Crew claims reliever Geltz off waivers from Rays

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers remained active on the waiver wire Monday, claiming 29-year-old right-handed reliever Steve Geltz from the Rays in a move to acquire additional bullpen depth.

It was Milwaukee's third waiver claim in 11 days, a spree that began Nov. 18 when the team claimed power-hitting Milwaukee native Adam Walker from the Twins. Walker's stay on the Brewers' overflowing 40-man roster was a brief one; he was designated for assignment to make room for Geltz.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Anderson honors family with naming of son

The Brewers starter, who wears his father's clothes to games, continuing a legacy

Anderson honors family with naming of son

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson is a man of faith, so he figures there's a proud grandfather up there somewhere, smiling down on his family this Thanksgiving.

It will be the Andersons' first holiday as parents. Chase and Anna Anderson had a baby boy earlier this month and named him Robert Hunter, a moniker very special to Chase.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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 claim righty Parker, designate Goforth

Brewers claim righty Parker, designate Goforth

The Brewers claimed right-handed pitcher Blake Parker off waivers from the Angels on Wednesday and designated right-hander David Goforth for assignment.

The Angels had claimed Parker, 31, off waivers from the Yankees on Oct. 5, and the right-hander was designated for assignment, then outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Sunday.

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Carrie Muskat has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

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Jim Callis

Brewers' Diaz among Top 25 Fall League prospects

Brewers' Diaz among Top 25 Fall League prospects

While the most talented team doesn't always win the championship, it did in the Arizona Fall League. The Mesa Solar Sox wrapped up the East Division crown on the final day of the regular season before rolling to an easy victory in the AFL's one-game playoff for its first title since 2003.

Mesa had the league's deepest lineup, as evidenced by its seven hitters who rank among the AFL's 20 best prospects below. The Solar Sox had star power with outfielders Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) and Bradley Zimmer (Indians) and second baseman Ian Happ (Cubs), all of whom sit in the 20s on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. They also had emerging talents such as shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang and outfielder Greg Allen, who have been overshadowed in a deep Indians system, and league home run leader Brian Anderson (Marlins No. 4 prospect), who had support for making our list.

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Brewers hold annual food drive at Miller Park

Brewers hold annual food drive at Miller Park

Ryan Braun joined the Brewers, Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 on Wednesday for the fifth annual "Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive" at Miller Park.

Braun was present to accept food donations early Wednesday. Items could be dropped off drive-thru style in the Miller Park parking lot from 4:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. CT. CBS 58 was broadcasting live from the event throughout the day. Each vehicle received a Brewers bobblehead, plus various hourly gifts from corporate sponsors.

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Inbox: What goes into winter ball decisions?

Fans ask about Arcia playing in Venezuela, World Baseball Classic and more

Inbox: What goes into winter ball decisions?

MILWAUKEE -- For the first time since the end of the season, it's time to clean out the Inbox.

Thank you as always to those who submitted questions; you can email me or tweet me your own Brewers query for inclusion in a future feature. We'll start with an old friend of the site.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Brinson, Hader added to 40-man roster

Brewers' top prospects protected from Rule 5 Draft along with 3 others

Brinson, Hader added to 40-man roster

MILWAUKEE -- Prospects Lewis Brinson and Josh Hader were among five Brewers farmhands added to the club's 40-man roster on Friday, the deadline to protect Rule 5 Draft-eligible players.

Besides Brinson, an outfielder ranked 14th overall on MLBPipeline.com's list of top prospects, and Hader, the Brewers added outfielders Brett Phillips and Ryan Cordell and right-hander Taylor Williams to what is now a full 40-man roster. The Brewers filled the final spot in a separate move on Friday, claiming outfielder (and Milwaukee native) Adam Walker off waivers from the Twins.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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 claim hometown kid Walker from Twins

Brewers claim hometown kid Walker from Twins

MILWAUKEE -- Power-hitting outfielder Adam Walker made it to Triple-A with the Twins in 2016. If he takes the next step, he will get to play in the Majors in his hometown.

The Brewers on Friday filled their 40-man roster with a waiver claim for Walker, a 25-year-old right-handed hitter who was once a three-sport star at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He grew up on the city's north side and attended games at County Stadium and Miller Park before playing there himself for high school All-Star games and a pre-Draft workout in 2012.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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 Spring Training schedule

Pair of exhibition contests at Miller Park conclude Crew's 35-game slate

Brewers unveil Spring Training schedule

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will begin their 2017 Spring Training schedule with an exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and end it with a pair of games at Miller Park, bookending a 35-game slate unveiled Wednesday.

The exhibitions against the White Sox are on March 31 at 7:10 p.m. CT and April 1 at 1:10 p.m. CT. The Brewers will have the next day off before hosting the Rockies on April 3 in the regular-season opener.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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 sign Espino to Minor League deal

Contract includes invitation to Major League Spring Training

Brewers sign Espino to Minor League deal

MILWAUKEE -- Paolo Espino has pitched at the Triple-A level in each of the past seven seasons. Will 2017 be the year he finally breaks through to the big leagues?

The Brewers are giving the right-handed swingman a shot. They signed Espino, who turns 30 in January, to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Guerra has value during Hot Stove season

31-year-old rookie finished with 2.81 ERA in 2016

Guerra has value during Hot Stove season

MILWAUKEE -- Though Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra did not appear on any ballots when the Baseball Writers' Association of America unveiled its National League Rookie of the Year Award results on Monday, it offered a timely reminder of just how good Guerra was as a 31-year-old rookie in 2016 and how valuable he could be if the Brewers opt to trade him this offseason.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was the unanimous pick for the honor, followed by Nationals outfielder Trea Turner and Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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.

Nottingham's walk-off lifts Salt River in extras in AFL

Brewers' No. 14 prospect goes 2-for-5 with two RBIs in AFL's Military Appreciation Game

Nottingham's walk-off lifts Salt River in extras in AFL

The 2016 regular season was a tough one at Double-A Biloxi for Brewers No. 14 prospect Jacob Nottingham. So when he stroked a walk-off single to left field to lift the Salt River Rafters to a 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League Military Appreciation Game on Saturday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, it was a sweet moment.

"I came up in the ninth inning with the same opportunity, and so definitely in the 11th I tried to relax as much as possible and get a good swing," Nottingham told MLB.com. "Something good happened. I can't be more happy about it."

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyRsports This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers, Counsell agree on 3-year extension

Brewers, Counsell agree on 3-year extension

MILWAUKEE -- Calling it "the easiest decision I've had to make over the past year," Brewers general manager David Stearns on Friday announced a three-year contract extension for home-grown manager Craig Counsell that runs through 2020.

The deal removed Counsell's "lame-duck" status entering 2017 -- the final season of the three-year contract he signed after taking over for Ron Roenicke in May 2015. It gave the 46-year-old Counsell, who grew up in Milwaukee rooting for the Brewers and later played for them, additional job security as the franchise plows forward in its rebuild.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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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Mike Bauman

Brewers were wise to extend Counsell

Manager's new deal keeps him under contract through 2020 season

Brewers were wise to extend Counsell

MILWAUKEE -- Shortly after Craig Counsell was signed to a three-year contract to manage the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers, in May 2015, he was asked if three years were enough time.

"Well," Counsell said with a smile, "I'll have every day for three years."

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

Brewers release 2017 promotional schedule

Uecker 8-ball giveaway on Aug. 13 among highlights

MILWAUKEE -- Will the Brewers-Reds game at Miller Park on Aug. 13 be a hot ticket?

Outlook good.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. 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 bring back Barrios on Minor League deal

Right-handed reliever missed 2016 season after surgery

Brewers bring back Barrios on Minor League deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Brewers came away from the General Managers Meetings with a player, albeit a familiar one.

The team on Wednesday announced a Minor League agreement with reliever Yhonathan Barrios, a right-hander who pitched for Milwaukee in 2015, but missed the 2016 season following shoulder surgery. He was extended an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.

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Brewers clear roster space for future moves

Milwaukee removes Barrios, Rowen, Pinto from 40-man squad

Brewers clear roster space for future moves

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While David Stearns works the annual General Managers Meetings, the Brewers on Tuesday removed three more players from their 40-man roster, increasing the number of openings for prospect additions, waiver claims or other offseason acquisitions to six.

Right-handed relievers Yhonathan Barrios and Ben Rowen and catcher Josmil Pinto became free agents after they cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Rowen and Pinto appeared in the big leagues for the Brewers in September; Barrios pitched for them in 2015 but spent all of '16 recovering from right shoulder surgery.

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Will Brewers be bigger players in free agency?

Carter was team's lone Major League signing last offseason

Will Brewers be bigger players in free agency?

MILWAUKEE -- The end of the World Series set baseball's clock ticking toward the start of free agency, which officially opened at 10:59 p.m. CT on Monday.

The Brewers were quiet on the free-agent front last year in GM David Stearns' first winter on the job. His only Major League free-agent acquisition was first baseman Chris Carter, who signed for $2.5 million plus $500,000 in incentives and became a bargain, bashing 41 home runs to tie for the National League lead.

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Jonathan Mayo

Nottingham among top performers from AFL Fall Stars Game

Nottingham among top performers from AFL Fall Stars Game

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball, with six players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. Three of the top four on the Dodgers' Top 30 are hitters on the Top 100, and all are here in the Arizona Fall League.

Two of those bats were on the West roster at the Fall Stars Game on Saturday night, and they showed just what all the fuss was about. Cody Bellinger is the system's top prospect, No. 31 overall. He only had one base hit, but he made it count -- and in a left-on-left confrontation no less. The first baseman worked a 3-2 count against D-backs reliever Jared Miller, who has been lights out so far this fall. Then Miller hung a slider on the inner half of the plate. Bellinger brought his hands in beautifully and sent the ball out deep to right for a two-run shot. This should surprise no one, considering he hit 26 homers during the 2016 regular season.

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Will Braun be around come Opening Day?

Questions surround Brewers before '17 season begins on April 3

Will Braun be around come Opening Day?

MILWAUKEE -- The year's final Major League pitch in in the books, so it's on to 2017. Will it be the year the Brewers turn the corner in their rebuild?

The Brewers did improve their record in 2016, the first full season under general manager David Stearns, but it was nevertheless one marked by departures, with Jonathan Lucroy headlining the list of players traded away for prospects. That move left outfielder Ryan Braun as the Crew's last major trade piece, and his will be a prominent name in the offseason rumor mill.

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Brewers look ahead with Fall Classic in mind

Stearns, Counsell field fan questions at town hall event

Brewers look ahead with Fall Classic in mind

MILWAUKEE -- The World Series was fresh on the minds of the Brewers' decision-makers as they hosted fans for a town hall event on Thursday night and dreamed of a day the Fall Classic comes to Miller Park.

For GM David Stearns, his thoughts were with his brokenhearted former Indians colleagues led by club president Chris Antonetti, who was part of the group that in 2011 hired Stearns for a front-office job in Cleveland. For manager Craig Counsell, Wednesday night conjured memories of his own triumphs in classic World Series Game 7s with the Marlins in 1997 and D-backs in 2001.

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