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Harper homers, Ventura remembered, Bourn hurt (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:14:06 PST

Welcome to spring training, Bryce Harper. Harper hit a long solo homer and a single, helping the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Andrew Stevenson and Matt Skole also connected for Washington, and Gio Gonzalez struck out one in a scoreless first inning.

Brewers prospects pay homage to 'Wayne's World' in most excellent video (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:06:24 PST

In the category of best movie remake by a pair of baseball prospects, the Oscar goes to Brett Phillips and Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers. The duo recently teamed up to pay homage to the classic film “Wayne’s World,” which was released 25 years ago on Valentine’s Day.

Wieters joins Nationals; Judge hits long homer for Yankees (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:42 PST

Matt Wieters finally has a new team. ''It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related,'' Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. Now Wieters is working on getting up to speed with the pitching staff for the reigning NL East champions.

Brewers hope Thames, Shaw give stability at infield corners (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:33:56 PST

The Milwaukee Brewers think they could have stability at the infield corners for the first time in a few years with Eric Thames at first and Travis Shaw at third. Acquired in a trade that sent reliever Tyler Thornburg to the Red Sox, Shaw played first in the Boston system until moving across the infield last spring training and displacing Pablo Sandoval. Shaw made 99 starts at third and hit .242 with 16 home runs and 71 RBIs but lost playing time late in the year to Aaron Hill and Brock Holt.

FANTASY PLAYS: Sleeper picks for 2017 fantasy baseball (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:04:42 PST

Having a list of sleepers to queue up on draft day is not only an integral part of the draft prep process, it's a big part of what makes draft day fun. Davis' stock is down after losing 41 points in batting average and 103 points in slugging percentage in 2016. Soler has even bigger issues with making contact than Santana, but strikeouts were not a serious problem for him in his minor league career.

Brewers get close glimpse of future in spring training (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:06:01 PST

Corey Ray, Lewis Brinson and Jacob Nottingham, tucked in the corner of the Milwaukee Brewers clubhouse, are among the top prospects in baseball but still have a ways to go before breaking camp with the team. ''Often times, the pressure of making the team isn't there in your first camp,'' manager Craig Counsell said. Brinson, an outfielder, is considered Milwaukee's best prospect.

This 41-year-old, ex-Cy Young winner is ready to make a comeback (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:01:46 PST

Eric Gagne hasn’t pitched in the majors the past eight seasons. New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra once summed up baseball by saying, “it ain’t over, ’til it’s over,” but we’re not sure this is what he meant. Despite not pitching in the majors since 2008, 41-year-old, former Cy Young winner Eric Gagne believes it’s time for a comeback.

Feliz in Brewers camp, ready to challenge for closer's role (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:58:57 PST

After sorting out work visa issues in his native Dominican Republic, the Brewers' Neftali Feliz arrived at Monday morning, ready to get to work with his new team. Feliz enters camp as Milwaukee's leading candidate to be the closer after the team parted ways with Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith at the deadline last season, and with Tyler Thornburg during the winter. Manager Craig Counsell wasn't ready to formally declare Feliz as his ninth-inning guy.

Brewers owner preaches patience in rebuilding plan (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:01:16 PST

The owner of the Milwaukee Brewers is preaching patience. Mark Attanasio says he will be flexible when it comes to spending while the Brewers rebuild, but it all depends on how the team plays. The team has money to spend.

Villar to play second for Brewers, eyes big season at plate (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:22:55 PST

After playing only 14 games at second base in his brief major league career, Jonathan Villar better get used to it: He will man the position for the Milwaukee Brewers moving forward. ''Our hope is, and I really believe, that this is going to be the best position for him on the field,'' manager Craig Counsell said about Villar's potential at second as the Brewers gathered for their first full-squad workout Friday. Villar played 108 games at shortstop for the Brewers in 2016, but with the emergence of Orlando Arcia after an August call up and an offseason trade with Boston that brought left-handed hitting third baseman Travis Shaw to town, the left side of the infield appears in good shape to begin spring training.

Cashman: Yankees not waving white flag in transition year (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:26:11 PST

Brian Cashman says the Yankees are ''not waving any white flag while transitioning'' to a younger team. The Yankees have made just one playoff appearance over the last four years, getting shut out in the 2015 AL wild-card game to Houston. ''So, that's the balancing act we're taking,'' Cashman added.

Slimmed Sandoval hopes to regain Boston 3B job (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:06:10 PST

Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval hopes his to son can remember him playing professional baseball. Since signing a $95 million, five-year contract with Boston, he hit .242 with 10 homers and 47 RBIs in 129 games. ''There's a lot more sense of redemption on his part where he's looking to make up from the previous two years,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said.

Chris Carter, Yankees finalize $3.5M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:55:47 PST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Carter, who tied for the National League in home runs last season, has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Brewers' pitchers fitting for starting spots, innings (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:58:16 PST

With potentially seven pitchers eyeing a slot in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation, innings will be at a premium this spring. For Davies, who led Milwaukee in wins (11) and ERA (3.97), his goal a year ago was to stay healthy and try for as much time up with the big club as possible. ''This year, I'm going to push myself, hopefully securing a spot in the rotation, but also make bigger goals numbers wise,'' said Davies, who had 135 strikeouts in 163-1/3 innings.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:19:16 PST

(corrects dateline) Feb 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery this spring. The former Minnesota Twins manager said he was diagnosed earlier this month. A blood test taken during his physical exam cited the possibility and an MRI exam confirmed he had prostate cancer. Surgery will be performed after Gardenhire completes the preparation process. The 59-year-old Gardenhire told Arizona team officials that doctors told him the cancer was detected early. ...

Brewers' Peralta looking to carry late '16 success into 2017 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:20:45 PST

Wily Peralta, Milwaukee's opening day starter last season, is just hoping to crack the rotation in 2017. The 27-year-old right-hander was 4-7 with a 6.68 ERA through his first 13 starts and allowed a major league-high 97 hits over 66 innings. Milwaukee demoted him to Triple-A Colorado Springs in June.

Indians, LHP Narveson agree to minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:11:43 PST

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent left-hander Chris Narveson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Cubs no longer sole favorite to win World Series according to odds (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:52:54 PST

The first repeat championship in Chicago since the late ’90s Chicago Bulls dynasty has been put on hold. After being favored to win the 2017 World Series all offseason, the Chicago Cubs now have some competition to bring home baseball’s ultimate prize. The company released its latest World Series odds Monday, and for the first time all offseason, the Cubs are not the odds-on favorite.

Yankees enter spring training sorting starting pitchers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:30:05 PST

The Yankees enter spring training in an unusual state: transition. New York's major offseason moves were to sign closer Aroldis Chapman as a free agent after trading him last July and to add right-handed hitters Matt Holliday and Chris Carter. A Baby Bombers youth movement began last summer when catcher Gary Sanchez, outfielder Aaron Judge and first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin were brought up.

Prince Fielder is trying something new in his life after baseball (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:05:17 PST

Prince Fielder is enjoying his post-baseball life, and is trying something brand new. Fielder, the former slugger for the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers, had to hang up his bat for good in 2016 when persistent neck problems forced him to retire much earlier than planned. Fielder’s new project is in a whole different direction from baseball: he’s hosting a food show.

Rebuilding Brewers open spring with Braun, hope, new faces (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:02:44 PST

Ryan Braun, a former NL Rookie of the Year and MVP, can add a new entry to his baseball resume this spring. Meet the Milwaukee Brewers' elder statesman. Given that the Brewers are still rebuilding, it is possible that the club's most recognizable player might still be dealt away.

Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Dan Plesac (Big League Stew)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:12:13 PST

When I dreamt up the 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards series and took it to spring training last year, there was one dream: That a player could open up a pack of old baseball cards and pull his manager. It was a good dream, though a dream that never happened.

Chris Carter agrees to $3.5M, 1-year deal with Yankees (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:37:14 PST

Last year's National League home run co-leader found a new home on Tuesday when Chris Carter agreed to a deal with the New York Yankees. ''I am excited to go play for a bigger market team with more national exposure,'' Carter said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Hot Stove Digest: Rangers finally agree to terms with Mike Napoli (Big League Stew)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45:29 PST

After months of rumors, Mike Napoli is finally going back to Texas. FINALLY: The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with first baseman Mike Napoli. The 35-year-old Napoli hit .239/.335/.465, with 34 home runs, for the Cleveland Indians last season. It had been assumed Napoli would sign with the Rangers for weeks now, but the two sides put off finalizing a deal until now.

Decisions held back for 1st-time eligible starting pitchers (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:27:49 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Salary arbitration decisions for starting pitchers who are eligible for the first time will be held back until all the cases involving those players are finished.

Yankees bet on power, add slugger Chris Carter on one-year deal (Big League Stew)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:54:03 PST

Chris Carter is going to New York. The reigning National League home run champ won’t have to take a job in Japan after all. Chris Carter, who was non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers after hitting an NL-high 41 home runs, will suit up for the New York Yankees in 2017.

Chase Anderson, Brewers go to salary arbitration (The Associated Press)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:46:54 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Pitcher Chase Anderson has gone to salary arbitration with the Milwaukee Brewers, asking a panel to choose his $2.85 million request over the team's $2.45 million offer.

Hot Stove Digest: Chris Carter could look for jobs in Japan (Big League Stew)

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:23:34 PST

A year after leading the NL in home runs, Chris Carter is struggling to receive offers. Just a few months after being non-tendered by the Milwaukee Brewers, reigning home run champ Chris Carter is considering taking his talents to Japan. Carter’s agent, Dave Stewart, confirmed Carter has been in touch with the Tampa Bay Rays, but there hasn’t been significant movement to get a deal done.