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Brewers bullpen dominant to start season

MILWAUKEE -- In what is an unpredictable game, the most incalculable aspect of baseball might just be the bullpen. A team needs a good one in order to contend for the postseason, but finding the right mix can prove challenging. The Milwaukee Brewers don't need to be told that. They watched in 2012 as their bullpen had the highest ERA in baseball and was one of the major factors...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers 2014 positional preview: Relief pitching

This is the second part in a nine-part series previewing the Milwaukee Brewers by position heading into Opening Day on March 31. BULLPEN LOCKS RHP Jim Henderson (5-5, 2.70 ERA, 28 saves in 61 games in 2013) RHP Brandon Kintzler (3-3, 2.69 ERA in 71 games) RHP Francisco Rodriguez (3-2, 2.70 ERA, 10 saves in 48 games with the Brewers and Orioles) LHP Will Smith (2-1, 3.24 ERA in 19...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
29 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Preview: Kansas City Royals

Even with a beautiful ballpark and great fans when a team is approaching 30 years without making a playoff appearance it’s difficult to maintain the fan base’s interest in a losing product. Last season the Kansas City Royals won 86 games which is the most wins in a season for the franchise since 1989 when they won 92 games. Additions: Norichika Aoki, Omar Infante, Jason Vargas...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Brewers preview: Braun & Co. face tough task in NL Central

  2013: 74-88, fourth in NL Central Manager: Ron Roenicke (fourth season) Key additions: Matt Garza, Francisco Rodriguez, Will Smith, Mark Reynolds, Lyle Overbay Key losses: Norichika Aoki, Yuniesky Betancourt, Burke Badenhop, Mike Gonzalez, Corey Hart Offense: Derailed by injuries and suspension to the middle of their lineup, the Brewers still found a way to be an average offensive...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Surprised by trade, Smith sees plenty of positives with Brewers

PHOENIX -- When Will Smith reported to the Brewers' Maryvale, Ariz., spring training complex last week, he was about 20 miles from where he expected to be this February. Coming off a 2013 season in which he emerged as one of the most reliable arms in the Kansas City Royals bullpen, the 24 year-old lefty seemed ticketed for a spot in the Royals bullpen in 2014. Recalled by the...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Offseason Grade

With less than two weeks until pitchers and catchers report, the Kansas City Royals’ offseason has pretty busy up until this point with hopefully more transactions to occur. Already adding RF Norichika Aoki, 2B Omar Infante, IF Danny Valencia, and LHP Jason Vargas. Up to this point, the Royals have lost LHP Will Smith, 2B Chris Getz, and RF David Lough. Kansas City has two players...
Via i70baseball
January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Milwaukee Brewers offseason rumors

The Milwaukee Brewers have not made many moves in the offseason and are the only team yet to sign a Major League Free agent. This is not an accident because of General Manager Doug Melvin’s past experience with free agents.  After being burned in the past with the large contracts and small production of pitchers like Jeff Suppan, Randy Wolf and David Riske, it fair to understand...
Via isportsweb.com
January 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agent Fantasyland: Jerome Williams to Milwaukee Brewers

(Image: latimes.com) These dark days it seems like the Brewers can’t afford to sign anyone, even players who make the league minimum or would play for free.  When the team can’t figure out an Ike Davis trade or a Justin Smoak trade (or anything else for that matter, besides Aoki for Will Smith) that could help the club going forward, it’s kind of silly to predict what...
Via Brewers Bar
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Aoki gives Kansas City Royals a true leadoff hitter

The Royals may have found their leadoff hitter for 2014. Kansas City swung a deal this week, sending left-handed pitcher Will Smith to Milwaukee in exchange for Norichika Aoki. With Alex Gordon hitting in the leadoff spot for most of the season in 2013, the Royals struggled to get prototypical production from that spot in the lineup. In 2013, Royals’ leadoff hitters ranked in...
Via i70baseball
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough

One of baseball’s most compelling storylines during the 2013 season was the monster breakthrough campaign of Chris Davis. One of baseball’s most quietly hilarious storylines during the 2013 season was the very similar campaign of Khris Davis down the stretch. Last year, the Brewers didn’t have a whole lot going for them, but Davis shined rather unexpectedly, and the team liked...
Via Fangraphs
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Aoki trade shows Royals are loading up for Playoff Run

by John Viril— The Kansas City Royal acquired Milwaukee Brewers RF Norichika Aoki in return for left-handed reliever Will Smith (3.24 ERA in 33.1 IP in 2013). The deal comes two days after hosting free agent RF Carlos Beltran in Kansas City. However, in a conference call with Fox Sports reporter Jeffrey Flanagan, Royals GM Dayton Moore said adding Aoki has in no way halted the...
Via The Viril View: On the KC Royals
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The latest around the New York Mets

TweetFollow @NYMetsLifeThe Milwuakee Brewers have traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals for pitcher Will Smith. Aoki seemed like a trade candidate for the Mets in the beginning of the offseason. He has a career .287 AVG and averages 9 home runs and 25 stolen bases a season. Before signing Chris Young, he would have been a good fit for the top of the order. Now...
Via NYMetsLife
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Aoki, likely means Braun to RF

The Brewers have traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals, a move that likely means Ryan Braun will move from left to right field in 2014. Milwaukee acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Kansas City in exchange for Aoki, who hit .286 with eight homers, 37 RBIs, 20 steals and 80 runs scored last season. Braun is expected back after his season-ending, 65...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Norichika Aoki for Royals lefty Will Smith

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers cleared their jam in the outfield Thursday by trading right fielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith. Moving Aoki allows the Brewers to shift Ryan Braun to right field and opens up left field for Khris Davis, a young power-hitting outfielder Milwaukee wanted to make room for this offseason...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Brewers trade Norichika Aoki for Royals lefty Will Smith

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers cleared their jam in the outfield Thursday by trading right fielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith. Moving Aoki allows the Brewers to shift Ryan Braun to right field and opens up left field for Khris Davis, a young power-hitting outfielder Milwaukee wanted to make room for this offseason...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Nori Aoki Traded For Peanuts, Mets Miss Out

Norichika Aoki has been traded from the Brewers to the Royals for relief pitcher Will Smith, according to CBS Sports. Aoki, a 31 year old outfielder with .287/.355/.399 numbers offensively, should provide a nice boost to the Royals lineup. Smith, meanwhile, is a 24 year old lefty with 35 career appearances and an ERA just south of 5.00.Well, this is disheartening. After repeated...
Via Effing Mets
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals Acquire Norichika Aoki In Trade With Brewers

The Kansas City Royals have acquired Norichika Aoki  in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers will get left-hander Will Smith in return. Aokie, 32, hit .286/.356/.370 with eight homers and 20 stolen bases in 2013 and will earn  around $2 million in 2014. Aoki is primarily a right fielder and plays solid defense (+4.2 UZR/150; +21 DRS). In his two seasons, Aoki has...
Via Baseball News Source
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals Acquire LF Norichika Aoki From Brewers for LHP Will Smith

12/5 – The Milwaukee Brewers announced that they have traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to Kansas City Royals in return for LHP Will Smith. The Mets were rumored to have had discussions with the Brewers for Aoki, but that went out the window once they settled on signing Chris Young instead. Aoki, 32, batted .286/.356/.370 with eight homers and 20 stolen bases last season and is...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals acquire outfielder Aoki from Milwaukee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals indeed landed a right fielder to bolster their offense. But it wasn't Carlos Beltran. At least not yet. Staying aggressive as the Beltran sweepstakes play out, Royals general manager Dayton Moore landed Milwaukee right fielder Norichika Aoki on Thursday for left-hander Will Smith. Aoki, 31, played mostly right field for the Brewers the past two...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals have potential trade chips in bullpen

It’s a good bet the new contract that right-handed reliever Joe Smith signed with the Angels brought smiles to Royals officials — and not just because it gets him away from division-opponent Cleveland. Smith, 29, reached a three-year deal worth $15.75 million. If that’s the price of non-closer bullpen arms on this winter’s market — and not just another in a growing list...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals shouldn't mess with success -- keep Will Smith in 'pen in 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Say what you want about the Royals not developing enough starters from their minor league system, and that criticism is justified. But the one thing they do well -- really well -- is convert starters to shutdown relievers. Reliever Kelvin Herrera started his minor league career in the rotation. He struggled mightily. The Royals switched him to the 'pen and...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
September 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Playoffs? Playoffs? Hey, one strong streak and Royals could do it

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Five observations on the current state of the Royals. TIME TO DREAM? These 2013 Royals simply won't go away. As depressed and angered as Royals fans were Saturday after that 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays -- and, oh my, wouldn't you love to have that game back -- they have to be equally intrigued now that the Royals have bounced back with two straight wins...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
September 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Smith turns in dominant relief outing as Royals beat Mariners 3-1

Will Smith ladies and gentlemen. It’s rarely possible for a middle reliever to take a star turn in a close game but Smith delivered a killer 4 1/3 innings on Monday afternoon in a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Smith permitted one hit on a ball that center fielder Jarrod Dyson lost in the sun after replacing an erratic Danny Duffy with two on and two...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Felix loses again, Royals top Mariners 3-1

Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday. The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back. Smith (2-1) pitched 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory...
Via Fox Sports
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Recap: Royals rally behind Smith's impressive relief outing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.Smith (2-1) pitched 4 13 innings of scoreless relief to...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
September 02, 2013  |  Discuss

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