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Disciples of Uecker

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The Brewers need to trade Ryan Braun this off-season

We’re reaching the point of the off-season where teams are starting to move on to Plan B. Given what’s left on the free agent market, it sure seems like a good time to have a trade chip. Teams who preferred to look to free agency… [More]

What to make of Lewis Brinson’s season?

A quick glance at Lewis Brinson’s offensive numbers this season is likely to raise an eyebrow. Pre-trade, AA Frisco: .237/.280/.431 Post-trade, AAA Colorado Springs: .382/.387/.618 On the surface, it is certainly odd to see someone who struggled at AA get promoted and then set AAA… [More]

The Tyler Thornburg era has begun

If anything defined this recent trade deadline season, it was the incredible value on quality relief pitching. Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Will Smith each brought back the types of returns that are generally seen in trades of above average starting pitchers. Even Jeremy Jeffress,… [More]

Revisiting Baseball America’s top Brewers prospects

Much has been made out of the Brewers’ rapid improvement to the farm system in the last calendar year. Doug Melvin started the process with trades of Carlos Gomez, Mike Fiers, and Gerardo Parra, and David Stearns has continued rebuilding since taking over. This has resulted… [More]

Jimmy Nelson is Not a Franchise Cornerstone

About a month ago, I heard something on a Brewers radio broadcast that gave me an idea for a post. I believe it was Jeff Levering who said, “Jimmy Nelson is having a great season.” He really emphasized the “great.” When I heard this, my reaction… [More]

The Milwaukee Postmen: A Changing Plate Discipline

Years ago, in what was undoubtedly one of the worst trades in Doug Melvin‘s tenure as Brewers’ GM, Melvin traded Carlos Lee to the Rangers around the trade deadline. In return, the Brewers received Francisco Cordero, Kevin Mench and Laynce Nix. Mench went on to… [More]

Could Lucroy be gone sooner than later?

I have a list of outcomes that I hope for from each Brewer game. This season, “winning the game” is further down the list than you might think. It’s behind things like “young players playing well” and “Martin Maldonado gunning someone down on the bases.” That’s the… [More]

David Stearns’ Jonathan Lucroy gamble

Brewers GM David Stearns has been a busy man during his first year on the job. Eight trades, two Rule 5 picks, and a number of other signings and waiver claims later, the Brewers’ roster will be hardly recognizable this spring. He continues to add depth to… [More]

Revisiting Ryan Braun’s trade value

Just over a month ago, I examined Ryan Braun’s trade value largely by comparing him to prominent free agent outfielders. Now that all those free agents have signed, it is a bit easier to pin down Braun’s approximate value. In short, the past month has… [More]

Does Ryan Braun have trade value after all?

Once Ryan Braun’s PED saga finally came to a close, his trade value was basically shot. Why would a team absorb his sizable contract when his performance may have been artificially inflated? At that point, the Brewers’ only choice was to hope Braun performed well… [More]