Yadiel Rivera of the Brewers had quite the Saturday. In addition to leading off and starting at shortstop for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League championship game, which the Scottsdale Scorpions won, 6-4, Rivera was named the winner of the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award prior to the title game.
Brewers farmhand David Denson is the first openly gay player in affiliated baseball and the first active player to be awarded Minor League Baseball’s Presidential Citation.
The Brewers filled out their Major League coaching staff Monday with a promotion and an intriguing new hire when they named Carlos Subero first-base coach and former big league hitter-turned-pitcher Jason Lane to another opening.
The Brewers removed utility man Elian Herrera from the 40-man roster Wednesday for the third time in 2015, opting not to tender him a contract ahead of a 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for teams to tender their unsigned players.
To trade catcher Jonathan Lucroy, or rebuild the franchise around him? That question seems to be dividing fans and executives alike as the Brewers brainstorm their options at these Winter Meetings.
The Brewers’ rebuild kept rolling Wednesday, when general manager David Stearns traded first baseman and cleanup hitter Adam Lind to the Mariners for a trio of teenage pitching prospects.
Even after trading closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers last month, Brewers officials view their bullpen depth as a strength and have been listening to interest in some of those relievers leading up to this week’s Winter Meetings.
Asked to comment on the immediate challenges presented a manager by the sort of players-for-prospects deals the Brewers have made of late, manager Craig Counsell instead pointed to the calendar.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell met with the media Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.
The Brewers have contacted agent Scott Boras about free-agent first baseman Pedro Alvarez, the left-handed-swinging slugger who hit the market after being non-tendered by the Pirates. He also happens to be the son-in-law of new Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy.
The Brewers will follow a recommendation from Major League Baseball by extending the netting behind home plate at Miller Park, a club spokesperson indicated on Wednesday. By Opening Day, the netting will extend from the inside edge of each dugout.