Milwaukee Brewers

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter
The Oakland Athletics have reunited with an old friend, first baseman Chris Carter.  The Oakland Athletics announced Friday that they have signed Carter to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville. Carter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson in 2007. Carter made his debut in August of 2010 with the Athletics but didn’t exceed his rookie limits in 2012. He played in 67 games for the A’s […]

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter

Yasiel Puig, Ryan Braun
Last week the Los Angeles Dodgers almost traded right-fielder Yasiel Puig to the Milwaukee Brewers for left-fielder Ryan Braun. While the trade did not work out mainly due to time constraints, it is something that should be revisited in the offseason. FanRag Sport Network’s Jon Heyman was first to report that Puig had been claimed by, what was at the time an unknown team. That team was then identified by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports as the Brewers. Once a player is claimed off of waivers the two teams then have 48 hours to negotiate a trade. Unfortunately for the Brewers and […]

Trading Puig for Braun will still be a good move ...

It’s pretty obvious simply looking at the list of eight pitchers who have started for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2016 that quite a few things weren’t quite right. While some teams have used more than eight starting pitchers this season, it’s still a number most clubs would rather not have to see. Moreover, every single pitcher that has started for the Brewers in 2016 has been a right-hander. While it’s not too common to hear of lefty-heavy starting rotations which usually indicates that three to possibly four of the starters being left-handed, it’s a bit more rare to find a […]

Issues with the Brewers starting pitching and where they may ...

Khris Davis, trade, Nottingham
Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and it was believed that Nottingham was going to be the team’s catcher of the future. Davis on the other hand was believed to be a decent left fielder without a very powerful arm and was supposedly a bit of a streaky hitter with some power. It seemed like the A’s […]

Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics

Banister benches Prince Fielder Well, to be honest I thought I was gonna be wrong the day after I wrote that Jurickson Profar should stay with up with the Texas Rangers and not be sent down to Triple-A. It may not be under the circumstances I would have liked but it does look like he’ll be around in the big leagues a bit longer. Profar played in each of the seven games Rougned Odor missed while he was suspended for punching Jose Bautista. Profar had hit in each of those seven games, plus one more, now owning a .378 batting […]

Prince Fielder benched for Jurickson Profar

Khris Davis, burns
Was the addition of Khris Davis worth the sacrifice of top prospect Jacob Nottingham? Just when you think you have finally figured out what Billy Beane, David Forst and the Oakland A’s are doing, Beane and company throw you a curveball. It’s always one that makes you re-examine your thinking about the team and try to understand theirs. That was what happened Friday afternoon when the Oakland Athletics acquired left fielder Khris Davis from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for top catching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor league right-hander Bubba Derby. The trade instantly changed the look of Oakland’s lineup […]

How does the addition of slugger Khris Davis affect the ...

Could Lucroy headed to Houston? The Milwaukee Brewers are rebuilding. They began cleaning house at last season’s non-waiver trade deadline and haven’t stopped this offseason. They’ve already shipped off quite of few of their veteran players, including first baseman Adam Lind and third baseman Luis Sardinas, for younger players and prospects. In fact, the ballclub completed their eighth trade of the offseason Saturday, trading last season’s starting shortstop, Jean Segura, and RHP Tyler Wagner to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Chase Anderson, third baseman Aaron Hill and shortstop prospect Isan Diaz. All of these trades have left many […]

In Lucroy’s case, Astros and Brewers would be perfect trade ...

It’s hot stove season, which means it’s time for free agency rumors to swirl. Here at Today’s Knuckleball, we polled our writers and had them rank this season’s free agent class. The process was simple; each writer provided his or her top-25 free agents. A first-place vote netted 25 points, a second-place vote 24, and so on. That left us with our top-25 free agents, as decided by our writers.  Coming in 23rd, with 55 points in the voting: starting pitcher Marco Estrada. [UPDATE – Reports indicate that Estrada and the Blue Jays have agreed in principle to two-year deal, the […]

TKB Free Agent Profile #23: Marco Estrada

jack Zduriencik
GM Jack Zduriencik hasn’t been able to duplicate the success he had in Milwaukee to Seattle The Seattle Mariners made the announcement Friday morning that they have relieved general manager Jack Zduriencik of his duties and that assistant general manager Jeff Kingston will be the interim GM for the remainder of the 2015 season. This move by the Mariners is not much of a surprise. Zduriencik was hired by Seattle in October 2008, mainly due to his ability to draft and develop prospects. In his previous position Zduriencik was the Brewers director of scouting and was responsible for stocking the Brewers farm system with future […]

GM Jack Zduriencik fired by Seattle Mariners

gay baseball player
OMG! How shocking! There’s an active gay baseball player! Well, of course there is! There have been more than one or two gay baseball players over the past century and a half, that’s a fact whether people talk about it or not. There are two – well three now – that we know of but everyone must know that there are probably hundreds more who have kept their sexuality in the closet.  Glenn Burke, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics in the late 1970’s revealed that he was homosexual in 1982, after he had retired […]

History made, barrier broken: There’s a gay baseball player

aramis ramirez
The Pirates have acquired 37-year-old third baseman Aramis Ramirez from the Milwaukee Brewers for  minor league right-hander Yhonathan Barrios and cash. The Pirates, who are looking to make a postseason run, have a three-game lead above Chicago Cubs for the first National League Wild Card spot. And they are currently six games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central. Six games is not an impossible mountain to conquer but it may be behind the team with Major League Baseball’s best record. For the Pirates acquiring Ramirez, fills one of the holes on the left side of their infield. […]

Pirates acquire Aramis Ramirez from Brewers

Joe Blanton
Update: June 17, 2015 9:45 pm PT Joe Blanton gets the job done for Kansas City As it turned out, well at least on Wednesday, Joe Blanton pitched one of the better performances in his career. Maybe it wasn’t the best in terms of number of innings (5.0) as he’s thrown 10 complete games in his career, but for a return to the mound as a starter after almost two years, his performance was more than the Royals could have asked for. Blanton pitched five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits, no walks while  striking out four batters. […]

Joe Blanton pitches well, gets the win in first start ...