Milwaukee Brewers news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:35:44 -0800
Fantasy Tip: While the Brewers are likely just being cautious, it would be wise to monitor the situation over the next few weeks. Nelson has nothing left to prove at the minor league level, and he is should land a rotation spot to start the season. He looked overwhelmed in his first tour through the majors last season, so he should be viewed as a late-round flier in mixed leagues, albeit one with upside.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:37:11 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez, who will likely play his final season in 2015, could be given more time off this year, according to manager Ron Roenicke. Ramirez said he's hoping to play between 140 and 145 games this season. Ramirez is a career .285 hitter with 369 home runs, 1,342 RBI and an OPS of .840.
Fantasy Tip: Ramirez, 36, has had plenty of big seasons in the past. The problem is he's failed to reach the 20-homer mark each of the last two seasons while dealing with leg issues. Don't expect him to return to 20 dingers in 2015, but you can buy low on him in the later rounds and have some room for a profit.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:08 -0800
Fantasy Tip: A-Ram has been dogged by injuries the last two seasons as he has averaged 13.5 homers and 57.5 RBIs. At this stage, he's a low-end third baseman or corner infielder with minimal upside in his age-37 season.
Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:40:18 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez will be paid $3.5 million in 2015 and $5.5 million in 2016. An additional $4 million in salary will be deferred. The Brewers also hold a $6 million club option for 2017.
Fantasy Tip: As previously mentioned, Rodriguez looks to take the closer job in Milwaukee but whether he holds it is a different story. For now, consider Rodriguez a closer option in mixed and NL drafts, although you should grab another closer before Rodriguez or have Jonathan Broxton as a "handcuff" option.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:58:48 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez's average fastball velocity dipped to 90.6 mph in 2014, but he threw his two-seam sinking fastball more often than his four-seamer for the first time in his career, according to Brooksbaseball.net. Opponents also batted just .157 against his changeup, and his walk rate was a career low in 2014. The one knock against him came in his home runs allowed (14), which was the most by any reliever in the league.
Fantasy Tip: Consider K-Rod a low-end No. 2 closer in standard 12-team mixed leagues now that he's back with the Brew Crew. His increasing two-seam usage should help him continue to keep his ground-ball rate gains from last season in place and limit the home run allowance.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:06:48 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Broxton's only real fantasy baseball value came with him inheriting the ninth-inning role, so now that that's gone, he shouldn't be drafted in standard 12-team mixed leagues. He might be worth a low investment in NL-only leagues as a handcuff to K-Rod.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:19:38 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Rodriguez likely will start the season as the closer, but it is not known if he will be able to keep the job. Owners probably can consider Rodriguez as a low-end No. 2 relief pitcher in fantasy drafts this season.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:22:35 -0800
Fantasy Tip: K-Rod delivered a mixed bag in 2014. His 44 saves were the most he has accrued since his record-breaking season of 62 in 2008. His strikeouts have dropped a tick, but he still had a solid 9.66 K-rate. He had a great 0.99 WHIP, but his career-high 14 home runs allowed contributed to his so-so 3.04 ERA. He'll likely have the first shot at closing games, and he's a low-end RP2.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:25:08 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun (thumb) is feeling great and expects to be successful if he remains healthy in 2015. "I'm excited about it; so far it feels great," said Braun. "Everything so far has gone as well as I could have possibly hoped. Hopefully, the next few weeks it continues to do the same and we can stop talking about it at some point in the near future." Braun reported to Brewers' camp Wednesday, Feb. 25. He doesn't expect to be limited during spring training but said he'll "have to be conscious" of how many extra swings he takes in spring training so he doesn't overtax the thumb prior to the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: Braun was once one of the elite fantasy hitters as recently as a few years ago, but injuries to his right thumb have partially contributed to his slide in the rankings. His upside is immense if his thumb remains healthy, however, a possible re-injury and his decline in performance are reasons to bump him down a round or two from his first-round pick heyday.
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:52:20 -0800
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura, who had a disappointing season in 2014, played a few weeks in winter ball to implement some changes to his batting stance. "I've been working on it because I had some troubles getting out front with my left leg," said Segura, who is holding his hands back more and putting more weight on his back leg. "It works. I used it in winter ball and it worked for me. I'm going to continue to do it. It helps me stay back more."
Fantasy Tip: Segura isn't as good as his 2013 suggested (.294 with 12 homers and 44 stolen bases), but he's not as bad as what he showed last year (.246 with 20 stolen bases). Expect something more in the middle in 2015, which means he's a sexy pick for his discounted price in the middle rounds.
Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:49:49 -0800
Fantasy Tip: K-Rod could re-emerge as a solid fantasy option if he is able to come in and nail down the closer's job in Cream City. He'll likely have to hold off Jonathan Broxton for the role.
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