The new lefty lineup

With Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer back in the lineup, we’re getting a little bit of a different look from the Pirates against Marlin lefty Brad Hand. Harrison is at second in place of Neil Walker, and Aramis Ramirez gets the start at third tonight. Sitting Mercer down and getting Mercer at-bats against lefties makes plenty of sense. I’d obviously rather see Jung Ho Kang in...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

It’s Still Happening

J.A. Happ, kids. J.A. Happ. After coming in with a track record that basically showed nothing encouraging at all, then an ugly debut start, there was zero reason to believe in this guy. We all knew about the mighty power of Uncle Ray Searage, but most of his “fixes” have come after he had month(s) to work with. That was not the case with Happ (although he did skip a turn after...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers: Some free agency options this winter

The Milwaukee Brewers are done this year. The team right now is all about throwing in young players and seeing how they perform to gauge just how much work will need to be done in the offseason. The Brewers used the MLB Trade Deadline to bolster their farm system, but if they want to see some immediate improvement, a free agent signing or two could be the way to go. They will have...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Early performance review on Brewers' trade-deadline acquisitions

Never mind the saying gone and not forgotten, how about here and not forgotten. The Milwaukee Brewers made several deals before the non-waiver trading deadline. However, unlike the clubs that got players from the Brewers, none of the players Milwaukee got in return are playing in the major leagues. So it is easy to forget -- even one week later -- about the assets the Brewers got...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers and Reds in Similar Boat After Trade Deadline

Before the season started I did a Q&A here with Brian of Reds blog Chris Sabo’s Goggles. There’s a link in that post to a companion piece at his site.  As MLB records currently stand, it looks like I was painfully overvaluing the Brewers, predicting an 80-82 finish.  Brian was more realistic in his evaluation of the Reds, predicting 74-88. Entering Wednesday’s action...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Recapping The Brewers: Trade Deadline

The Brewers headed into the trade deadline as a last place team in the NL Central and were bound to make moves that would benefit them for the future. About a week before the deadline, the Brewers started the rebuild. They sent Aramis Ramirez and cash to the Pirates for minor league prospect Yhonathan Barrios. Barrios, 23, is a converted pitcher after playing the infield early...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors: Adam Lind edition

After making a few moves in picking up Aramis Ramirez, Joe Blanton and Joakin Soria, the Pittsburgh Pirates have one glaring hole left to fill. Upgrading at the first base position has been a need for this team since the opening month of the season. Pedro Alvarez now has 16 errors on the season which are the most by a first baseman since Ryan Howard’s 19 in 2008. Although he is...
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Some thoughts on Trade Deadline Eve

With less than 30 hours to go until the trade deadline, the Pirates have been very quiet. They announced that Joe Blanton trade at about 12:30 last night when no one was paying attention, but before that they hadn’t been attached to any specific player or rumor since the rumor that they were “working on a trade” for a reliever shortly after the Aramis Ramirez trade went down...
July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers Fans Nervous as Deadline Approaches

With the Milwaukee Brewers out of the race to the playoffs for the entire season, fans understandably are a bit anxious as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.  With a lame-duck season, many have waited patiently but with great curiosity to find out if the club would finally face reality and move players at the deadline.  And if so, who would be moved? The NL Central...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Is the trade deadline pressuring the Milwaukee Brewers?

With the trade deadline just a few days away, Milwaukee Brewers fans are preparing themselves for their team to be big sellers. The Brewers have already traded third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Pittsburgh Pirates, due to the fact that he is retiring at the end of the year. Gold Glove outfielder, Gerardo Parra, is expected to be one of a handful more to be sent out of Milwaukee...
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Weekend Roundup: Deadline Effects

We’ve now seen some trades as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches, and all have had at least some fantasy impact for standard mixed leagues. Here is a look at what we have seen from each of the major trade pieces and what we can expect from them for the rest of the season. Scott Kazmir The first of the major deals saw Scott Kazmir shipped from the Oakland A...
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July 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The Brewers Bar Weekly Hangover 7/26/15

Each Sunday evening we will review our favorite and least favorite events of the previous week, and share our perspective on how the team is doing. Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers! (Best event/news of the week) A Triumph of Fan Giveaways: Tuesday was Major League Night at Miller Park – clips of the film were shown on the big screen, Bob Uecker threw out the first pitch, and a...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates interested in Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino

Even after acquiring Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers, the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to add another hitter and they have shown interest in both Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Napoli, 33, has had a brutal year at the plate, but is still a capable defender. The free-agent-to-be is hitting...
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July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers trade rumors: Latest on Parra, Gomez

The first completed trade for the Milwaukee Brewers came in the form of third baseman Aramis Ramirez, as he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. More deals are sure to come: that much has been made clear by GM Doug Melvin. With Wily Peralta set to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, the hope is that the Brewers can deal Kyle Lohse or Matt Garza so that the Brewers...
July 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Ramirez joins Pirates, batting cleanup

PITTSBURGH (AP) Aramis Ramirez joined the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night and was batting cleanup in his first game back with his old club. The Pirates got Ramirez on Thursday in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. The third baseman was in the starting lineup against Washington. The 37-year-old Ramirez returns to the organization that signed him as an amateur from the Dominican...
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July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Getting to know Yhonathan Barrios

Just who is Yhonathan Barrios, acquired from the Pirates for Aramis Ramirez, and what might his future be with Milwaukee? Barrios is a converted position player, who played shortstop, third base, second base and the outfield, in Pittsburgh's minor-league system from 2009-13 (Barrios missed the 2010 season with an injury). He hit 299/382/433 in rookie ball as a 19-year-old in 2011...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Brewers at Diamondbacks

While the Milwaukee Brewers have already dealt one of their top veterans, the Arizona Diamondbacks need to get hot in a hurry to perhaps avoid doing some of the same. The Diamondbacks look to win consecutive games for the first time in a little more than two weeks Friday night against the visiting Brewers. Zack Godley struck out seven without a walk in six innings of his major league...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Brewers at Diamondbacks

While the Milwaukee Brewers have already dealt one of their top veterans, the Arizona Diamondbacks need to get hot in a hurry to perhaps avoid doing some of the same. The Diamondbacks look to win consecutive games for the first time in a little more than two weeks Friday night against the visiting Brewers. Zack Godley struck out seven without a walk in six innings of his major league...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: impact of Aramis Ramirez trade

Back where it all began. A familiar face will be returning to Pittsburgh as the Pirates have agreed to terms with the Milwaukee Brewers to receive third baseman Aramis Ramirez. The deal consists of the Brewers sending Ramirez back to Pittsburgh and the Pirates sending minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios and cash consideration back to Milwaukee. This might not be a wow factor type...
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Ramirez, cash to Pirates for minor-league pitcher

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Aramis Ramirez is back where he once belonged. The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired the veteran third baseman on Thursday, 12 years to the day after they sent Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs. The Pirates received the 37-year-old three-time All-Star in exchange for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. The Pirates, who will also receive cash considerations in the trade...
Via AP on Fox
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

What Was Aramis Ramirez’ Best Game as a Brewer? (I Vote for July 3, 2012 vs. Miami)

Finally, some news on the trade front as Aramis Ramirez has been sent to Pittsburgh in exchange for a minor league pitcher named Yhonathan Barrios (kids these days with their non-traditional name spellings). It’s hard to get excited about a Double-A level player who has yet to prove himself, but it’s better than nothing. Given the fact that Ramirez was not having a great year...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers trade Aramis Ramirez to Pittsburgh Pirates

One of the biggest sellers of this July made their first big sale. Aramis Ramirez, formerly of the the Milwaukee Brewers, will go full circle and complete his masterful career where it all began with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Aramis, 37, was signed by the Bucs when he was just 16-years-old, and exactly twelve years to the day after they traded him to another National League Central...
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Trade Deadline: Pittsburgh Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez

Aramis Ramirez is a Pittsburgh Pirate again. The 37-year-old third-baseman is heading back to Pittsburgh, nearly 12 years after being dealt from the Pirates to the Cubs. In return, the Brewers will get right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. Barrios, currently playing in Triple-A Indianapolis, is expected to join the Brewers’ Double-A affiliate Biloxi. In 33 games with both Indianapolis...
Via The Fantasy Fix
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from the Brewers

The Pittsburgh Pirates are chasing the postseason again and with some key injuries currently hampering the roster, they desperately need infield help. On Thursday afternoon they got just that, as they acquired third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers. Ramirez will head to the Pirates along with cash considerations in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire Aramis Ramirez From Brewers For Minor League Pitcher

PITTSBURGH — Aramis Ramirez is headed back to the Pittsburgh Pirates after they acquired the veteran third baseman from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Pirates got Ramirez on Thursday for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios. The trade came 12 years to the day after the Pirates sent Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs. The 37-year-old Ramirez, a three-time All-Star, is hitting .247 with 11...
July 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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