Brewers sign Feliz to 1-year deal

Right-hander is a candidate to take over closing duties

Brewers sign Feliz to 1-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- After spending recent months trading away high-leverage relievers for prospects, the Brewers added one via free agency on Thursday by closing a one-year deal with Neftali Feliz that positions him to pitch the ninth inning for Milwaukee in 2017.

The Brewers didn't confirm terms of the contract, but a source said it pays the 28-year-old right-hander $5.35 million and offers another $1.5 million in incentives.

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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.

Hoffman narrowly misses Hall election

Former Brewers closer five votes shy of 75 percent; Sheffield at 13.3 percent

Hoffman narrowly misses Hall election

MILWAUKEE -- The Miller Park faithful will have to wait at least one more year to see the next former Brewers player enshrined in Cooperstown.

Trevor Hoffman, the prolific closer who finished his career in Milwaukee and became the first man to reach 600 saves, was denied enshrinement in the Hall of Fame on Wednesday by one of the slimmest margins in history. In his second year of eligibility, Hoffman received 327 votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, five shy of the 332 he needed to reach the 75 percent threshold.

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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.

Braun expected at Brewers On Deck

Hall of Famers Yount, Fingers also scheduled for annual fan fest

Braun expected at Brewers On Deck

MILWAUKEE -- From Ryan Braun to Robin Yount, nearly all of the usual suspects are scheduled to attend the Brewers' annual fan fest later this month.

Brewers On Deck, featuring autograph and photo sessions, interactive games, Q&As with players and executives, merchandise and historical displays, and more, will take place Jan. 29 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. CT at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Ticket information is online at Brewers.com/OnDeck.

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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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Jim Callis

Nottingham makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Converted infielder Kelly, Mejia grab top spots, Alfaro remains No. 3

Nottingham makes MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Heading into 2016, MLBPipeline's two top-rated catching prospects were Willson Contreras and Gary Sanchez. You may have heard something about their exploits last year. Contreras took over the starting job on a Cubs team that won its first World Series in 108 years, while Sanchez tied an 86-year-old record for fewest games needed (51) to hit 20 homers.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Hader No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

Hader leaps from No. 6 to top of list, Groome slides into No. 2 spot

Hader No. 1 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 LHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2017 Top 100 Prospects list on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a one-hour show on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

Exactly half of last year's Top 10 left-handed pitching prospects list graduated off of prospect lists during the 2016 season. The top three -- Julio Urias, Blake Snell and Steven Matz -- all had large impacts, with Urias even pitching in the postseason. Four of the other five are still on the list, including new No. 1 Josh Hader.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peralta, Torres sign to avoid arbitration with Crew

Brewers' final arb-eligible player, right-hander Anderson, has yet to agree

Peralta, Torres sign to avoid arbitration with Crew

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers signed pitchers Wily Peralta and Carlos Torres to one-year contracts on Friday, but they were unable strike a deal with right-hander Chase Anderson, raising the possibility of the club's first arbitration hearing in five years.

Peralta signed for $4.275 million, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, a raise from the $2.8 million he made during a trying 2016 season split between the Brewers and Triple-A Colorado Springs. Torres signed for $2.175 million, according to SB Nation.

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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 convinces Guerra not to pitch winter ball

Coming off stellar rookie season, Venezuelan righty will stick to normal program

Crew convinces Guerra not to pitch winter ball

MILWAUKEE -- Venezuelan baseball fans were abuzz Thursday after Junior Guerra told reporters he would make a pair of starts in that country's winter league postseason.

By Friday morning, the Brewers had convinced him otherwise.

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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.

Bold and Brew-tiful: Crew could add 'pen arms

Stearns has discussed desire to acquire multiple late-inning relievers

Bold and Brew-tiful: Crew could add 'pen arms

MILWAUKEE -- A month has passed since Brewers GM David Stearns suggested the possibility of bringing aboard not just one, but multiple relievers with experience working the late innings. So far, Milwaukee has made no news in that area.

Here's a bold prediction, part of a series of stories on MLB.com forecasting what each team might do before the start of Spring Training: Stearns will come through, and at least one of his acquisitions could get a multi-year contract.

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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.

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Spring is in the air: First workout dates announced

Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.

The following are the first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs. 

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Decker inks deal with Brewers

Decker inks deal with Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added to their catching pool by announcing a Minor League agreement with power hitter Cody Decker, who will convert full time to catcher after playing a variety of positions over his first eight professional seasons.

Decker, who will play for Israel in the upcoming World Baseball Classic and is there now participating in a goodwill tour, hinted at the agreement on Saturday, and the club announced it early Monday. It does not include an invitation to Major League camp.

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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.

Yount among historic 1999 Hall class

Trio marked largest group of first-ballot inductees to Cooperstown

Yount among historic 1999 Hall class

It's been just under two decades since George Brett, Nolan Ryan and Robin Yount were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame as part of a historic class.

Thursday marks the 18th anniversary of the election of the Hall of Fame Class of 1999, which included an unprecedented three first-ballot inductees in Brett, Ryan and Yount. The class also featured four selections by the Veterans Committee: Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee and Joe Williams.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lopez's turnaround has Brewers' attention

Pitching prospect brilliant in winter ball after voluntary instructional work

Lopez's turnaround has Brewers' attention

MILWAUKEE -- A voluntary stint in the Brewers' fall instructional league helped prospect Jorge Lopez carry his late-season momentum to Puerto Rico, where the right-hander could be pitching his way back into the picture for 2017.

Lopez, who reached the Majors as a 22-year-old at the end of 2015 only to struggle to a 6.81 ERA at the start of 2016 in his first 17 games at the Triple-A level, finished strong at Double-A Biloxi and has continued to pitch well since the end of the regular season. He scattered two hits and struck out five in five scoreless innings for Mayaguez in Puerto Rico's Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, lowering Lopez's WHIP after nine starts to a league-best 0.87 and his ERA to 1.56, which ranks second in the circuit.

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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.

Braun, Brinson among Brewers' questions

Veteran's destiny and top prospect's callup could determine Crew's success in '17

Braun, Brinson among Brewers' questions

MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter is out and Eric Thames is in at first base, and Jonathan Villar appears poised for a shift to second as the Brewers move into 2017, the second full year of their top-down rebuild. Whether Thames can make the jump from Korea back to Major League Baseball, and whether Villar can repeat his breakthrough debut with the Brewers are two factors that will determine the fortunes of the team next season.

Here are five more questions facing the Brewers in the year ahead:

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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.

6 surprising Hall ballot one-and-done hitters

Edmonds, Delgado, Lofton among players who compare favorably to HOFers

6 surprising Hall ballot one-and-done hitters

This is Tim Raines' 10th and final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, and the campaigning for Rock has been strong. But there will also be, inevitably, those among the candidates who never get that full run of chances.

Since 1979, in one form or another, the 5-percent rule has applied for potential Cooperstown inductees: receive at least five percent of the Baseball Writers Association of America's votes, stay on the ballot for another year; fall short of that mark, fall off future ballots. (The number of votes needed for election to the Hall is 75 percent.)

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In rebuilding year, Brewers make strides

Guerra's emergence, Braun's healthy resurgence among '16 highlights

In rebuilding year, Brewers make strides

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers entered 2016 clear-eyed about their expectations. As new general manager David Stearns said again and again, the primary goal was not contending for the postseason, but to acquire, develop and retain as much young talent as possible in an effort to get back there someday.

While that project continued, the Brewers went 73-89 in Craig Counsell's first full season as manager, a five-game improvement from the year before fueled by Ryan Braun's healthy resurgence and breakthroughs for a number of Stearns' acquisitions. There was no celebrating a fourth-place finish in the National League Central, but Stearns could point to some progress at the end of the Brewers' first full year of rebuilding.

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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.

Watch Villar swipe home in Dominican Winter League

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Watch Villar swipe home in Dominican Winter League

Brewers infielder Jonathan Villar enjoyed a strong season in 2016, eventually winning the stolen-base crown after swiping 62 on the campaign (to go along with a .285/.369/.457 line and 3.9 WAR). 

Villar is spending his winter months playing in the Dominican Winter League and he re-affirmed his status as "really fast baseball player" with a particularly impressive straight steal of home plate on Tuesday night. 

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Brewers have creative knack for finding closers

Barnes, Knebel, Torres in the running for role for 2017 season

Brewers have creative knack for finding closers

MILWAUKEE -- After trading away Tyler Thornburg at the Winter Meetings and Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith back in August, the Brewers enter the New Year in need of a closer.

Recent history says they may find one where you least expect it.

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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.

Thames grateful for life's latest twist

Brewers' new addition reflects on playing in S. Korea, Christmas memories

Thames grateful for life's latest twist

MILWAUKEE -- In previous years, Eric Thames might already be making plans for the long trip to South Korea, where he has starred the past three seasons for the NC Dinos in the Korean Baseball Organization. But Thames will stay closer to home in 2017, having signed a three-year contract with the Brewers to play first base.

He took some time to speak to MLB.com about his journey back to Major League Baseball and to share some memories of Christmases past.

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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.

Most amazing National League games of 2016

Most amazing National League games of 2016

The 2016 season in Major League Baseball was one of inspiring feats of athleticism, ballparks packed with ecstatic fans and the undeniable drama that comes with America's pastime. At the end of the 162-game push and an amazing October, one team was standing: the Chicago Cubs, who broke a 108-year championship drought and won the World Series for the National League.

But 14 other NL teams played all season and had their own pinnacle moments. In consultation with each club's beat reporter, here is the game of the year for each club in the NL in 2016:

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Who will open '17 in Brewers' rotation?

Beat reporter Adam McCalvy answers questions from fans

Inbox: Who will open '17 in Brewers' rotation?

Just curious what your thoughts are on who the starting five pitchers will be next year for the Brewers.
-- @mreuter74

Last season, nine pitchers started a game for Milwaukee, six of whom made at least 19 starts. So it is wise not to get too hung up on the top five. That said, my depth chart on Brewers.com goes Junior Guerra, Zach Davies, Jimmy Nelson, Wily Peralta, Chase Anderson, Matt Garza and Tommy Milone, and I'm reasonably confident in the first four.

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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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Jim Callis

Brewers among top 5 most improved farm systems

Strong Trade Deadline acquisitions helped bolster New York's system

Brewers among top 5 most improved farm systems

The Yankees entered 2016 with a promising farm system, headlined by Jorge Mateo, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez and featuring some enviable depth behind them. That system couldn't quite crack MLBPipeline.com's Top 10 list, but it still offered hope to a franchise that hadn't won a playoff game in three straight seasons for the first time since the early 1990s.

Mateo's stock took a hit during an up-and-down season that included a suspension for insubordination, Judge arrived at Yankee Stadium -- but did so with serious swing-and-miss concerns -- and Sanchez graduated to the big leagues by slamming 20 homers in 53 games. Despite all that, New York now has the best and deepest farm system in the game -- and also the most improved over the past 12 months.

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

Biggest hit in Crew history? Coop's '82 knock rates high

Biggest hit in Crew history? Coop's '82 knock rates high

MILWAUKEE -- Happy birthday, Coop.

That was the sentiment in the Milwaukee Brewers' corner of social media on Tuesday, when Cecil Cooper, the sweet-swinging Brewers first baseman and a member of the club's Walk of Fame at Miller Park, celebrated his 67th birthday.

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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.

Villar makes DR debut at 2B, will stay sharp at SS

Arcia slated to play shortstop for Brewers in '17

Villar makes DR debut at 2B, will stay sharp at SS

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers infielder Jonathan Villar made his Dominican Winter League debut Wednesday for Aguilas Cibaeñas at second base, the position he's expected to man for Milwaukee in 2017.

"The Brewers have told me that they're going to give me second base, but that I shouldn't abandon shortstop completely," Villar said, according to a story from the team's press office. "They recommended that I play short and second. They also said that although they're going to have Orlando Arcia at short, he's still young and because of that, they don't want me to completely abandon that position."

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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.

Sogard among Brewers' non-roster invitees

Lefty Oliver, righty Burgos also sign Minors deals

Sogard among Brewers' non-roster invitees

MILWAUKEE -- Former A's infielder Eric Sogard was among three more players added the Brewers' Major League Spring Training roster on Thursday after signing Minor League contracts.

In addition to Sogard, Milwaukee signed left-hander Andy Oliver and re-signed right-hander Hiram Burgos, a former top Brewers prospect who will be entering his ninth season in the organization.

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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.

Feliciano added to Aguadilla roster in Puerto Rico

Feliciano added to Aguadilla roster in Puerto Rico

It was announced this week that Ronald Acuna, Stone Garrett and Kevin Padlo will represent the World team in the 2017 Australian Baseball League All-Star Game, which is set to be played on Dec. 22 at Melbourne Ballpark.

Acuna's .359 average, the second-best mark in the ABL, through 17 games for the Melbourne Aces made him an obvious selection for the game -- this after the Braves' No. 17 prospect posted a .311/.387/.432 slash line over 40 games at Class A Rome last season in an injury-plagued campaign. In addition to his average, Acuna, 18, owns a share of the league lead in hits (23) and steals (12) and is tied for second in total bases (34).

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

Brewers sign lefty Milone to 1-year contract

Brewers sign lefty Milone to 1-year contract

MILWAUKEE -- Already flush with starting pitchers, the Brewers added another on Wednesday by striking a one-year deal with free agent Tommy Milone, a finesse left-hander who has pitched in the Majors for the Nationals, A's and Twins over six seasons.

Milone is 44-33 with a 4.14 ERA in 129 career games, including 118 starts. He posted a 3.92 ERA in 128 2/3 innings for the Twins in 2015, but was not as effective last season, going 3-5 with a 5.71 ERA in 19 games (12 starts), and receiving a demotion to Triple-A Rochester early in the year.

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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 nets Bandy, deals Maldonado to Halos

Minors pitcher Gagnon also traded to Los Angeles

Crew nets Bandy, deals Maldonado to Halos

The Brewers got younger at catcher and the Angels brought home a player who once was their own in a swap between the teams on Tuesday.

The Brewers have traded longtime backup Martin Maldonado to the Angels along with Minor League pitcher Drew Gagnon for 26-year-old Jett Bandy, who joins Manny Pina and Andrew Susac as the leading candidates to work behind the plate for Milwaukee in 2017.

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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.