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Cain and Yelich: Renegotiating Surplus

The Brewers recently completed two of the biggest moves of the offseason by trading for left fielder Christian Yelich and signing free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain. These moves are “big” not simply because of the glacial pace of the new MLB collusion, but by virtue of their structure and Milwaukee’s position in the league. […]

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Keep Them All!

The Brewers ended the slow burn of the 2017-2018 offseason by shooting off fireworks for an hour this evening, first by trading a phenomenal haul for Christian Yelich and then for signing Lorenzo Cain to the largest free agency deal in franchise history. Both moves immediately spark the club’s outfield, as Cain improves on center […]

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Free Agency is the Answer

On January 22nd, the San Francisco Giants signed Austin Jackson to a two-year deal. Jackson has yet to turn thirty-one-years-old, and been worth 16.5 WARP over his nine-year career. He was worth 1.9 WARP over 318 plate appearances last season, yet he signed for just $6 million to be the Giants’ starting center fielder. The […]

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Role Risk and Roster Building

Earlier this week, I looked at the future roster outlook for the Brewers, given the perceived roster crunch due to the 2018-2019 Rule 5 draft. Common wisdom says that the Brewers will need to trade away players in order to mitigate the effects of that roster crunch. However, I showed that the club does not […]

Brewers Farm Update

Trading Impact Prospects

The Milwaukee Brewers are entering uncharted territory for the David Stearns regime this winter. Stearns and his manager Craig Counsell have both spoken about not setting limits on what a team may be able to do in a given season, and that philosophy helped guide the team to a surprising 86-win campaign and near playoff […]

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Pricing Neil Walker’s PTBNL

Sunday’s game featured an old face in a new uniform at Miller Park, as previous Pittsburgh Pirates nemesis and New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker came to Milwaukee via trade. Of course, Walker immediately made his presence felt, showing positional flexibility with a start at third base and going 2-for-4 with a run scored. […]

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Trade Deadline Blues

With the trade deadline approaching, and one blockbuster already completed by the division rival Cubs, Brewers fans and analysts are vigorously debating prospective moves for the franchise. Milwaukee is in a great spot to make moves: the club sits atop the division with a 5.5 game lead, is in the midst of a ten game […]

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Update: Cashing Out OFP 2

Earlier this week, I examined the surplus added by Brewers GM David Stearns, which is undoubtedly one of the reasons the club is performing quite well. Stearns, in stark contrast to recently famous rebuilds in Chicago and his previous front office (Houston), is building competitive clubs at the MLB level by cashing in on short-term […]

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Surplus: Scalp or Spread

The Brewers are currently lead by a group of surprisingly valuable players, which is undeniably one of the reasons that the club remains steadily better than average. Entering Sunday’s game against the Dodgers, the Brewers’ top WARP belonged to: Eric Thames, nearly a handful of years removed from the MLB, previously a Korean Baseball Organization […]