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Christian Bethancourt: The Upside of Underwhelming

On Monday, January 8, the Brewers signed catcher Christian Bethancourt, a 26-year-old former top prospect known for his strong throwing arm and athleticism. He happens to carry a career AAA slash line of .298/.326/.437, too, and hasn’t yet accumulated a full season’s worth of plate appearances in the big leagues. At least that’s one way […]

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How Milwaukee Can Benefit from Large Market Suckers

The offseason has been slow across Major League Baseball, and it has been no different in Milwaukee. Other than the two-year, $15.5 million splash they made to sign free agent starter Jhoulys Chacin, Milwaukee has made only two other MLB acquisitions: Yovani Gallardo in a homecoming pity-signing to potentially play a swingman role, and LHP […]

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Where are the Trades?

Brewers GM David Stearns was affectionately labeled “Slingin’ Stearns” by Brewers fans upon taking helm of the organization. The young GM blazed a new roster by making deals at a furious pace, and some of his first trades remain his greatest hits (for example, the Jonathan Villar trade is still as good as the Travis […]

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Could The Answer In Center Field Actually Be Two?

The 2018 Brewers will come into Spring Training with far fewer question marks in the lineup than they have in recent years, but center field remains an area of uncertainty. Keon Broxton has been good for 2.4 WARP in 707 plate appearances of action over the past two seasons, but his high strikeout rate makes […]

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Roster Surplus and Depth Questions

The 2018 Milwaukee Brewers are in quite a strange position, representing the bundle of contradictions that defined their uncanny 2017 campaign. On the one hand, the organization dropped a “rebuilding” narrative in 2015, meaning that industry writers, analysts, and fans alike did not expect the club to compete, let alone contend, for several years; on […]

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2018 Potential Free Agent Targets

The 2017 regular season has come-to-a-close. The Milwaukee Brewers fell just short of a playoff spot, finishing 86-76, one game behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild-card spot. The Brewers vastly outperformed their pre-season expectations. They competed with the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs for the National League Central title through mid-to-late September. […]

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Selling While You’re Ahead

In just over a year at the helm as the Milwaukee Brewers’ general manager, David Stearns has shown an incredible ability to find value in places where no one thought to look. By buying low on Jonathan Villar, re-signing Hernan Perez, and betting against Keon Broxton’s strikeout problem, Stearns has accumulated assets without giving up […]