First rate job: Reynolds, Overbay have upgraded Brewers at first base

The Milwaukee Brewers were historically bad at first base in 2013. Seven different players combined to provide little at the plate and in the field, leaving general manager Doug Melvin looking to improve at the position in the offseason. After weighing many options, Melvin brought Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay in on minor-league deals to compete with Juan Francisco. Reynolds and...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Gerardo Parra’s Further Impact for Brewers

In the heat of a pennant race, teams often let a rival’s actions shape their own decisions. As a result, when St. Louis fired a shot across the Brewers’ bow by bolstering their rotation, Milwaukee needed to make a countermove. Of course, Doug Melvin’s retort – gaining Gerardo Parra in exchange for two minor leaguers – stands stratospheres below the Cardinals’ acquisitions...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

A look back at Brewers' trades in July under Melvin

If the history of Doug Melvin's tenure as general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers leaves any indication, the odds of a trade happening before Thursday's non-waiver deadline are high. Melvin has made a July trade in nine of his 11 seasons with the Brewers, including seven of the last eight years. Some have been minor and a couple have been minor, but Melvin usually does something...
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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Bolstering the Brewers’ Bullpen

Baseball fans can discount nearly anything they hear at the trade deadline. Therefore, Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin’s suggestion that he might bolster his bullpen comes with enough grains of salt to fill the Dead Sea. Perhaps Melvin’s comments were merely an elaborate smokescreen designed to conceal his true intentions. Yet despite the unreliability of such statements, an upgrade...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Nothing ordinary about Brewers' international signing Lara

Balls fly into the second deck at Miller Park regularly during batting practice, as numerous big-league hitters have put on impressive displays over the years. But a 16-year-old? Gilbert Lara isn't ordinary for his age. The Milwaukee Brewers have invested $3.1 million in the Dominican shortstop, by far the richest international signing in franchise history. It didn't take...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Nothing ordinary about Brewers' international signing Lara

MILWAUKEE -- Balls fly into the second deck at Miller Park regularly during batting practice, as numerous big-league hitters have put on impressive displays over the years. But a 16-year-old? Gilbert Lara isn't ordinary for his age. The Milwaukee Brewers have invested $3.1 million in the Dominican shortstop, by far the richest international signing in franchise history. It didn...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Saturday: All is quiet on the trade front for Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE -- With five days left before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, all is quiet on the trade front for the Milwaukee Brewers, according to general manager Doug Melvin. Melvin says he recently called a couple of teams but most of the baseball world is focused on the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., this weekend. "I've been pretty aggressive...
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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers' Melvin won't make trade just to make trade

MILWAUKEE -- There aren't many general managers around baseball planning to spill their trade deadline plans to the media, for a variety of reasons.  If a general manager or manager comes out and goes into depth about where their team needs to improve and a deal doesn't end up getting done to address that area, clubhouse morale becomes a concern. Then there's the obvious...
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July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers Rumors: Milwaukee doesn't expect to make any moves

The Milwaukee Brewers currently hold one of the best records in baseball and are in control of the NL Central. They are also not planning to be aggressive as the trade deadline approaches. The health of the bullpen is potentially the only issue that could prompt a move. Two right-handers, Jim Henderson (shoulder) and Tyler Thornburg (elbow) are currently on the disabled list and...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brewers Are All Stars (Pitching Edition)

The Brewers offense has been great this year, but of course it has. That's Doug Melvin's thing. He builds a team that hits a bunch of homeruns and then he fills it with pitchers who give up even more. Sure, he's built a team that hasn't done that but he did it by trading like 15 guys for one and a half good seasons of Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke. It's not his...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brewers and the MLB Draft

At this time of year, most Draft addicts are typically going through Mel Kiper withdrawal syndrome. Fortunately, draftniks do not need to wait too long before their next fix, and can enjoy the MLB Draft that begins on Thursday night. While it lacks the pizzazz and immediate impact of its football and basketball counterparts, picking well in baseball’s draft is critical to the sustained...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers pick up 2015 option on manager Roenicke, add option for 2016

The Milwaukee Brewers have exercised the club option for 2015 on manager Ron Roenicke and added a club option for 2016, allowing the skipper to enter this season with security past this year. Roenicke is 253-233 in three seasons as manager of the Brewers, including leading the team to a franchise-record 96 wins, the National League Central division crown and a berth in the National...
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March 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers to play UW-Milwaukee in 2015 spring training

The Milwaukee Brewers will play a unique exhibition game in 2015, as the club announced it will face the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Maryvale Baseball Park sometime during spring training. This will be the first time the Brewers have faced a collegiate team in an exhibition game since taking on Arizona State University in 1983. The practice is much more common in the Grapefruit...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hank the Dog heading to Milwaukee, remaining part of Brewers family

In less than a month he's gone from non-roster un-invitee to being the most popular Brewer in Maryvale. And Friday the Brewers made it official; Hank, "The Ballpark Pup," will be heading north to Milwaukee. The team announced that Hank will join Brewers executives, sponsors and families on a Southwest Airlines charter flight to Milwaukee's General Mitchell International...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Doug Melvin: reports of deal with Dominican prospect are premature

I just spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and he said reports that the team has reached an agreement with Dominican Republic prospect Yirver Gilbert Lara are premature. "You can't have a formal agreement at this time," said Melvin, who wouldn't say whether an informal understanding had been reached with Lara for the reported $3.2 million. "That...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers rumors: Matt Garza edition

The Milwaukee Brewers  reportedly signed veteran free-agent pitcher Matt Garza. The deal is reportedly four-years and  $52 million for the right-handed pitcher according to Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the deal. Matt Garza (photo credit: Layne Murdoch/Getty Images) This deal comes to a surprise to many after General Doug Melvin was clearly keeping his interest in the pitcher...
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The 10 Wurst Signs You’re Still a Brewers Fan

I’m going to take a page from every great writer I know and steal an idea for this blog. Tim Scott, program director for WIBA-AM in Madison, emceed (is that a word?) the annual Dugout Club event last night in Madison. Tim has performed this duty for most of his adult life, and thus has become immune to 350 or so faces staring back at him over a steak dinner while they await the...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers GM Says He’s Not In Agreement With Sandy On Davis’ Value

Okay, don’t kill me… More non-news news on the Ike Davis front… If you think you are weary of reading it, imagine what it’s like writing about it. Anyway, Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug Melvin acknowledged he is continuing to discuss Ike Davis with the Mets, writes Adam Rubin. However Melvin bluntly stated there has not been agreement with Sandy Alderson on the price for...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Melvin explains Brewers’ quiet winter

The Brewers began the New Year as the only team yet to sign a Major League free agent since the end of last season. General manager Doug Melvin was asked Monday what he would say to fans perturbed by the team’s inactivity. “I would just say that it’s true, we haven’t done all that much,” Melvin said. “But just because you don’t respond in free agency doesn’t necessarily...
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January 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Hegan “Has Been Hitting Like Fury”

(Image: With the onset of darkness and dreary indoor living that come with snow and cold, I retreat into books at times.  That statement is especially true if Doug Melvin has seen his shadow recently ensuring six more weeks of hot stove-less purgatory.  Just a few days ago I pulled out my copy of Ball Four, a book I shamefully hadn’t read the full first quarter...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers off-season rumors

The Milwaukee Brewers are in need of some changes this off-season.  So far this off-season the Brewers haven’t been making any big moves unlike other clubs around the league. With most of the bigger free agents off the market, there isn’t a huge amount of talent left.  The General Manager of the Brewers, Doug Melvin, has a track record of pulling off deals out of thin air....
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers might move Braun to right field

Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Thursday there is "absolutely nothing" to the rumor that he might consider trading Ryan Braun to the New York Mets. Melvin said the only move being discussed involving Braun is one from left field to right field. "We have no intentions of trading Ryan," said Melvin, addressing a rumor from a New York blog that...
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November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Melvin: 'Absolutely nothing' to Ryan Braun trade rumors

As crazy as the Ryan Braun trade rumor involving the New York Mets seemed, I figured I'd check in this morning with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. After all, the Tigers did trade Prince Fielder yesterday to the Rangers despite nearly $170 million remaining on his contract. Melvin said there was "absolutely nothing" to the rumor started on a blog in New York that...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

The Ass-Umption Conundrum

(Image: Paul Tenpenny / Going into the offseason, Brewers fans probably feared another quiet winter for GM Doug Melvin and company.  Last winter was a painful one due to the seemingly endless uneventful days passing by while other teams made moves to get better (or at least change).  I’m not advocating change for the sake of change, but it’s difficult...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers GM Doug Melvin Sees Mets As Good Trade Partner

Brewers GM Doug Melvin acknowledged in an interview this weekend that the Mets and Brewers could fit well together as trading partners. “They’ve indicated that they have extra first basemen, and we have a need,” Melvin said. “Again, it’s all about keeping your options open. … Nothing imminent, and I don’t anticipate anything imminent. But first base is one of our needs...
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November 18, 2013  |  Discuss
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