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Brewers 2016 Cactus League Schedule

Here’s the 2016 Cactus League schedule for the Brewers!


  • P&C (and my annual viewing of the movie Major League) is officially set for Friday, February 19th
  • Position players must report by Wednesday, February 24th
  • Open with an exhibition against the UW-Milwaukee Panthers baseball team
  • No Miller Park exhibitions in 2016
    • Two exhibitions in Houston against the Astros on March 31 & April 1
    • A cool game between the MLB roster and the Biloxi Shuckers roster in Biloxi at MGM Park on April 2.

*there is a thumbnail to an image of the whole schedule at the bottom of the post

Please note that games and times are subject to change. (Home games are in bold.)

Date     Time (CT)     Opponent     Location

Wednesday, March 2

2:05pm – UW-Milwaukee – Maryvale

Thursday, March 3

2:05pm – Chicago Cubs – Maryvale – (Split Squad)

2:05pm – San Francisco Giants – Scottsdale – (SS)

Friday, March 4

2:05 pm – Seattle Mariners – Maryvale

Saturday, March 5

2:05 pm – Oakland Athletics – Mesa

Sunday, March 6

2:05 pm – Cleveland Indians – Maryvale

Monday, March 7

2:05 pm – San Diego Padres – Maryvale

Tuesday, March 8

2:05 pm – Chicago White Sox – Glendale

Wednesday, March 9

2:05 pm – Kansas City Royals – Surprise

Thursday, March 10

2:05 pm – San Francisco Giants – Maryvale

Friday, March 11

8:05 pm – Texas Rangers – Maryvale

Saturday, March 12

2:05 pm – Colorado Rockies – Maryvale


Sunday, March 13

3:05 pm – Cleveland Indians – Goodyear

Monday, March 14

3:05 pm – Los Angeles Dodgers – Glendale

Tuesday, March 15


Wednesday, March 16

3:05 pm – Chicago White Sox – Maryvale

Thursday, March 17

8:05 pm – Texas Rangers – Surprise

Friday, March 18

3:05 pm – Cincinnati Reds – Maryvale

Saturday, March 19

3:05 pm – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Tempe

Sunday, March 20

3:05 pm – Los Angeles Dodgers – Maryvale

Monday, March 21

3:05 pm – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Maryvale – SS

8:40 pm – Arizona Diamondbacks – Talking Stick – (SS)

Tuesday, March 22

3:05 pm – Colorado Rockies – Talking Stick

Wednesday, March 23


Thursday, March 24

3:05 pm – Kansas City Royals – Maryvale

Friday, March 25

3:05 pm – Chicago Cubs – Sloan Park

Saturday, March 26

3:05 pm – Arizona Diamondbacks – Maryvale

Sunday, March 27

3:05 pm – Cleveland Indians – Goodyear

Monday, March 28

8:05 pm – Cincinnati Reds – Goodyear

Tuesday, March 29

3:05 pm – Cincinnati Reds – Maryvale

Wednesday, March 30

3:05 pm – Colorado Rockies – Talking Stick

Thursday, March 31

7:10 pm – Houston Astros – Minute Maid Park

Friday, April 1

3:10 pm – Houston Astros – Minute Maid Park

Saturday, April 2

1:10 pm – Biloxi Shucker (AA affiliate) – MGM Park (Biloxi, MS)


Brewers Deal Sardiñas



The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Ramon Flores (added to the 40-man roster) from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Luis Sardiñas. The 40-man roster remains at 35. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

Flores, 23, made his Major League debut this season, appearing in 12 games during three stints with the Yankees (5/30-6/10, 6/21-6/23 and 7/3-7/8). He was traded to Seattle on July 30, along with RHP Jose Ramirez, in exchange for infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley. Following the trade, Flores was assigned to Triple-A Tacoma, where he batted .423 (22-for-52) with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 14 games before a right leg injury ended his season on August 14. He also batted .286 with 7 HR and 34 RBI in 73 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in 2015.

Flores, a native of Barinas, Venezuela, was originally signed by the Yankees at the age of 16 as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2008.  He is a career .275 hitter in the minor leagues with 45 HR and 267 RBI in 675 games (2009-15).

Sardiñas, 22, batted .196 with 0 HR and 4 RBI in 36 games during two stints with Milwaukee this season (5/15-6/8 and 9/8-end). He was acquired by the Brewers from Texas, along with RHP Corey Knebel and RHP Marcos Diplan, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations on last January 19.

Rule 5 Draft Protection Deadline


The deadline for protecting players from Rule 5 Draft eligibility by way of adding them to the 40-man roster is Friday, November 20. Brewers GM David Stearns told reporters on Thursday that he was still considering who to protect. This post is to call out the list of those who require protection and to give my opinions on who they need to add.

After acquiring Jonathan Villar from the Houston Astros via trade on Thursday, the 40-man roster stood at 35 and therefore has five open spots.

This is a slimmed down list as upkept by Jim Goulart over at (View his original and the discussion thread here.)

Current AAA Players —

RHP Hiram Burgos
RHP Jaye Chapman
OF Ben Guez
RHP Jim Miller
IF Hernan Perez
RHP Austin Ross
LHP Brent Suter
LHP Wei-Chung Wang

Current AA Players —

SS Orlando Arcia
RHP Jacob Barnes
C Parker Berberet
LHP Jed Bradley
RHP Drew Gagnon
RHP Brooks Hall
3B Brandon Macias
RHP Damien Magnifico
RHP Jorge Ortega
1B Nick Ramirez
OF Victor Roache
2B Nick Shaw
RHP Martin Viramontes
C Adam Weisenburger

Current A-Level (or below) players —

RHP Yomelbin Almonte
3B Taylor Brennan
UT Francisco Castillo
RHP Zach Cooper
C Paul Eshleman
RHP Preston Gainey
RHP Milton Gomez
C Dustin Houle
OF Anderson Jesus
3B/OF Sthervin Matos
2B Chris McFarland
C Natanael Mejia
C Rafael Neda
LHP Luis Ortega
1B Juan Ortiz
OF Jose Pena
IF/OF Yerison Pena
LHP Stephen Peterson
RHP Junior Rincon
RHP Gian Rizzo
OF Elvis Rubio
RHP Orlando Torrez
RHP Angel Ventura

*italics indicates players who are Rule 5 eligible for the first time

First and foremost, there is no easier choice for Rule 5 protection this year than SS Orlando Arcia. Widely considered the Brewers best prospect, it would be foolish to not protect the young man. That gives us four spots to play with.

The Brewers don’t announce at which level they protect players, but there is a 38-man Triple-A reserve roster for any unprotected players. The names on that list are the ones eligible for selection in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 Draft. Any player selected during the MLB portion of the draft must be kept on the selecting team’s 25-man roster for minimum time constraints the next MLB season or be offered back to said player’s original ballclub.

A recent example of how that works is Wei-Chung Wang back in 2014. The Pirates protected Wang on the Triple-A reserve roster despite his never having pitched above High-A ball. The Brewers dealt with his obvious lack of experience that season for the ability to continue his development in the minor leagues the following year. Now, most players taken are much closer to MLB-ready and can somewhat hold their own. Wang was an exception to that side of the coin.

Let’s get back to the topic at hand though and discuss which players I think the Brewers need to protect for fear of losing their talents.

I’ve already mentioned Arcia. I look next to the Arizona Fall League, a sort of finishing school for prospects on the cusp. Damien Magnifico has flourished in that league and needs protection, in my opinion. Relief pitchers tend to be the most easily plucked since it’s easier to “hide” them if they are struggling to adjust. I think what he’s shown this entire regular season as a reliever for Double-A Biloxi coupled with his strong AFL play has garnered him attention to the point where he’d end up elsewhere if the Brewers left him unprotected.

Next, despite his early career struggles making consistent contact, I think that power is such a premium skill these days that outfielder Victor Roache could get protected. The Brewers invested highly in him following a broken wrist suffered in college and I think they owe it to themselves to see if Roache’s gains at the plate in 2015 are long-term gains. Granted, Stearns wasn’t around back then so he may evaluate Roache differently, and the Brewers do have a lot of outfield prospects coming, but there is at least room for Roache now. That said, a jump from Double-A to MLB, even as a bench bat with pop — might be analyzed as too great to think that anyone would take the risk. I’d rather not take the chance, but I’m not a part of Stearns’ front office.

Back to the pitching side of things, there are a quartet of names that I think warrant consideration. That said, given my earlier choices I’m limited to picking just two more if all things remain the same. The players are Jacob Barnes, Jorge Ortega, Brent Suter, and Wei-Chung Wang.

Wang and Suter are left-handed and it’s been quite some time since the Brewers developed a southpaw, especially into the rotation. Wang has already been invested in, but again that’s by the previous regime. That said, he absolutely took off mid-season following being designated for assignment. If the Brewers feel the turnaround is permanent, they’d need to protect him.

Suter worked his way from Double-A into the Triple-A rotation by season’s end, really putting together a nice season. He’s getting older as far as prospects go, and he isn’t a fireballer by any means, but we’ve seen how long it can take some left-handers to really realize their potential. Suter appears to be getting there.

Barnes is another Arizona Fall League participant this year and he’s put together a nice short season there to follow up a solid campaign with Double-A Biloxi in 2015. In eight AFL games (as of this writing) Barnes hasn’t allowed a run on just six hits and three walks (against 17 strikeouts) in 11.2 innings pitched, all in relief. It’s exactly the type of stint that makes the minor league talent evaluators happy but potentially nervous with the Rule 5 Draft coming up.

Finally, with Ortega you have a pitcher who shot from High-A Brevard County all the way up to a spot start at Triple-A Colorado Springs during the season. He was great in both spots and pitching so well that he was officially added to Biloxi’s playoff roster. He made all those moves based in large part on his command and control. Get this stat: Ortega has pitched 439.0 professional innings in the regular season over five years. He has walked just 55 batters, one intentionally. That’s outstanding. A jump all the way from, virtually, High-A ball to the majors might seem too daunting for a team to risk a Rule 5 pick, but there is certainly precedent and if you don’t walk batters then you might be able to find quick success at any level. There are enough rebuilding teams that one of them might be quite happy to pluck Ortega for their system.

There are a couple of other names (Nick Ramirez, Brooks Hall are examples) that I could see Stearns wanting to protect if he evaluates them highly enough, but it feels like the six guys I listed are the core pool this year.

Let me begin my synopsis by saying that I have a feeling Stearns is going to take advantage of all his currently open spots. It feels like he’s got other moves in the works that will free up additional 40-man roster space yet this winter so there’s little reason not to protect as many worthy assets as possible right now.

Without the knowledge of anything coming in the future, I think protecting Arcia and Magnifico happen in every scenario. Of the five players I mentioned outside of them for the three remaining spots I think I’d roll the dice by not protecting Roache and not protecting Suter (I guess?). I think Wang should be protected given his rebound. I think Barnes is going to be a big-league reliever and would rather that be in Milwaukee. I think Ortega is intriguing enough that someonen would pop him if unprotected.

I like Suter and even though he’s left-handed, I think the Brewers would be taking a calculated risk that pays off. With Roache, it’s partially about his strikeout rate (which many teams seem to mind less and less) and his contact rate in general, and partially that they really do have several outfielders in the pipeline who they also believe in who will warrant protection soon too.

I could easily see them protecting Suter and Roache and exposing Barnes (again) and Ortega too. I really don’t know with those four. All of them could go either way and I think there’s justification. Stearns could also have evaluated Wang and not think he’s worth protecting at this time.

We’ll find out on Friday.

Brewers Acquire Major League Infielder (Official Release)

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired infielder Jonathan Villar (added to the 40-man roster) from the Houston Astros in exchange for right-handed pitcher Cy Sneed.The 40-man roster stands at 35. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

Villar, 24, has had Major League stints with Houston over each of the last three seasons (2013-15), batting .236 with 10 HR, 46 RBI and 42 stolen bases in 198 games. He started 163 games for the Astros (153g at SS, 8g at 3B, 2g in LF). Villar posted his highest career batting average in 2015 as he hit .284 with 2 HR and 11 RBI in 53 games. He started 28 games for the A.L. Wild Card winners (18g at SS, 8g at 3B, 2g in LF).

Villar, a native of La Vega in the Dominican Republic, was originally signed by Philadelphia as a non-drafted free agent on May 20, 2008. He was traded to Houston, along with outfielder Anthony Gose and left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ, in exchange for right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt and cash on July 29, 2010. He made his Major League debut on July 22, 2013 with the Astros and was the team’s Opening Day starting shortstop in 2014.

Sneed, 23, was selected by Milwaukee in the third round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He went 6-13 with a 3.30 ERA in 37 games (30 starts) over two seasons in the Brewers organization (2014-15). Sneed was 0-2 with a 5.92 ERA in 11 games (6 starts) at Rookie Helena in 2014 and split the 2015 season at Class-A Wisconsin (15g/13gs) and Class-A Brevard County (11gs), going 6-11 with a 2.58 ERA in 26 games (24 starts).

Tom Flanagan Named Brewers Farm Director (Official Release)

The Milwaukee Brewers have named Tom Flanagan farm director.  He will oversee the player development department and will continue to work from the Milwaukee offices.


Flanagan, 42, enters his 27th season in the Brewers organization, having spent the previous 10 as senior director of baseball operations.  In that role, Flanagan helped coordinate the day-to-day duties of the baseball operations department.  His responsibilities included overseeing the international scouting department, the administration of player moves at the minor-league level, negotiating player contracts and traveling with the Major League team.  In addition, Flanagan was involved in the preparation of the First-Year Player Draft.

Flanagan, who began his career with the Brewers in 1990 as a batboy, held front office roles as an attendant in the home clubhouse (1992-96), baseball operations assistant (1996-99) and as assistant director of scouting (2000-05).

A native of Milwaukee, Flanagan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.  He resides in New Berlin, Wisconsin, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.

2016 All-Fan Giveaways at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that the Club will feature 14 All-Fan Giveaways for the 2016 season. The schedule is highlighted by six Bobbleheads, a Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock, and the addition of three new All-Kid giveaways. [Note: The graphics below were released by the team though not included directly with this text which comes from the official press release.]

In addition, the Brewers will continue “Free-Shirt Fridays” for the third straight season. Seven different T-shirts will be given away throughout the season, including one at every Friday home game at Miller Park from June through August.

2016giveaways1The All-Fan Giveaways start with the “Vintage Brewers Bobblehead” on Sunday, April 10 when the Brewers host the Houston Astros at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead is a nod to the past as it is a replica of some of the first items of its kind created nearly 50 years ago. This year’s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead features the classic Brewers 1980s pinstripe uniform and “Ball-In-Glove” logo.

2016giveaways2All fans in attendance for the May 1, 1:10 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins will receive a Ryan BraunFranchise HR Leader Bobblehead. Braun, who became the Brewers all-time franchise home run leader in 2015, was selected as the Brewers Most Valuable Player last season.

2016giveaways3On June 12, all fans in attendance will receive a “Barking BobbleHank” as the Brewers host the New York Mets at 1:10 p.m, featuring the team’s unofficial mascot, Hank the Ballpark Pup. This is Hank’s third bobblehead.


On June 26, former Brewers outfielder Greg Vaughn will have his Bobblehead day as the Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. The bobblehead will feature Vaughn in his 1990s Brewers uniform. A first round pick in 1986, Vaughn appeared in two All-Star Games as a Brewer.

2016giveaways5On July 10, the Brewers will introduce a new promotion for the 1:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals. All fans in attendance will receive a Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock, encouraging fans to “Get up…Get up…Get outta bed!”

2016giveaways6On July 31, Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will have his Bobblehead day. In his first full season with the team in 2015, Nelson led the Brewers in strikeouts with 148.

2016giveaways7The final Bobblehead giveaway of the year will be on August 14 when the Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds. All fans in attendance will receive a Craig Counsell Bobblehead, with half of the dolls depicting Counsell in his current role as Brewers manager, and half depicting him in his playing days with the Brewers. The giveaway recognizes Counsell’s 18th season of combined playing and managing experience.

2016giveaways8thru10New this season, the Brewers have announced the addition of three All-Kid giveaways to the 2016 schedule, withkids ages 14 and under eligible for the giveaways. On May 15, all kids in attendance will receive a Jonathan Lucroy Replica Jersey. On May 29, all kids in attendance will receive a “Paint-Your-Own Bernie Bobble,” and on August 28, all kids in attendance will receive a Jonathan Lucroy Chest Protector Backpack.


The Brewers have also announced the addition of a new Kids Eat Free Sundays promotion for 2016. This season, kids eat free at every Sunday home game. Upon entrance, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher good for a hot dog, bottled water and an apple.

For the third year in a row, “Free-Shirt Fridays” will return to Miller Park for 2016. On Friday home games during the months of June, July and August (June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, July 29, August 12 and August 26), all fans will receive a Brewers T-shirt. Once again this season, fans will have the opportunity to choose each of the seven T-shirt designs to be given away in 2016.

Beginning in January, several different T-shirt designs will be displayed at Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs, with the top seven winners being selected for “Free-Shirt Fridays.” The seven winners will be unveiled at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 31.

The complete promotional schedule for the 2016 season will be announced at a later date. For more information about All-Fan Giveaways and information on various ticket plans, fans are encouraged to visit

Brewers Announce Several 40-Man Roster Subtractions


Just prior to the close of the business day Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers announced six players as no longer being a part of its 40-man roster by way of outright assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

New general manager David Stearns has been discussing his ongoing evaluation of the organization’s talent pool. Now almost a month into his official tenure, the first wave of changes are underway in earnest.

Five of the players could have remained under team control for 2016. Four of those five appeared in the big leagues in Brewers uniforms this season along with the sixth player who won’t be back with the club in any capacity.

The names:

  • RHP Johnny Hellweg
  • LHP Cesar Jimenez
  • C Juan Centeno
  • 1B Matt Clark
  • OF Logan Schafer
  • RHP Kyle Lohse (declared free agency)

Lohse’s declaration should come as no surprise given how his tenure in Milwaukee ended this year. All five of the outrighted players now also have the right to declare minor league free agency, though they could sign minor league contracts for next year should they choose to do so.

Despite a new man in charge and disappointing results following Tommy John surgery and rehab, you would think the Brewers would prefer retaining Johnny Hellweg on a minor league contract. They have, after all, put quite a bit of time and money into him after he was acquired as the second piece in the Zack Greinke-to-Los Angeles deal. Hellweg was also the Brewers MiLB Pitcher of the Year once upon a time.

Jimenez’s outright is probably the only somewhat unexpected move as he performed acceptably for the majority of his time in Milwaukee. That said, he’s certainly a veteran player who doesn’t have a ton of business on a rebuilding roster at the end of the day.

Centeno was passed over for a September call-up after appearing in 10 games early in the year. While it’s not a bad thing to have a third catcher on the 40-man roster, that spot is much more valuable this off-seaosn for Rule 5 Draft protection than for a guy who is inconsequential while there are no games being played.

After being sold a bill of goods never fulfilled, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Matt Clark look for his next opportunity elsewhere. He’s flashed a solid set of tools and I believe he could help a team at the MLB level. That said, at 29 years of age next season, he’ll be outside of the range wherein the Brewers would best benefit from his skills before they deteriorate.

As for Logan Schafer, he’s always been a great guy and he still plays top flight defense (when he’s sharp) but given where he’s at in his career against where the Brewers are in their rebuild, this one just felt kind of inevitable. Schafer is a solid 5th outfielder, in my opinion, but outfield just so happens to be one of the deepest positions in the organization right now both in terms of players currently on the 40-man roster and those hopefully on their way through the minor (Brett Phillips, Tyrone Taylor, Trent Clark).

The Brewers have plenty more decisions to make as the weeks and months pass following the completion of the World Series. For now, Stearns has decided he needs the room on his 40-man roster. After all, two of the spots would appear to be spoken for already as RHPs Jimmy Nelson and Michael Blazek will likely be reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List soon enough and will, as a result, fill two of the current openings.


Nelson and Blazek were reinstated from the 60-day DL on Monday as assumed. That officially puts the 40-man roster at 36 players with four open spots.


Ron Burgundy may never have heard Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin,’” but David Stearns obviously has, and he’s willing to make the moves he deems necessary to regain Milwaukee’s footing in the ultra-competitive National League Central division.

Up next for Stearns? It could be a decision on whether to pick up the $8 million club option on first baseman Adam Lind. That decision must come by the close of business Wednesday.

What off-season?

Brewers Announce Reported Coaching Hirings

Derek Johnson (left) & Pat Murphy

Derek Johnson (left) & Pat Murphy


The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the hiring of Derek Johnson as pitching coach and Pat Murphy as bench coach. In addition, the Club has announced the return of bullpen coach Lee Tunnell to the 2016 staff. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“We are excited to announce the additions of Derek and Pat to our coaching staff and that Lee will return,” said Stearns. “Combined with Ed (Sedar) and Darnell (Coles), we believe that we are assembling a staff that embodies the type of culture that we are looking to instill throughout our organization.”

Johnson, 44, replaces Rick Kranitz as pitching coach. He joins the Brewers from the Chicago Cubs, where he served as pitching coordinator from 2013-15. Prior to that role, Johnson enjoyed 11 seasons as the pitching coach at Vanderbilt University from 2002-12. Over his last three seasons at Vanderbilt, he served as associate head coach in addition to pitching coach. Among others, Johnson guided the collegiate careers of 2012 Cy Young Award-winner David Price and current Oakland Athletics ace Sonny Gray.

Murphy, 56, replaces Jerry Narron as bench coach. He spent the previous six seasons in the San Diego Padres organization, joining the Club as a special assistant to the baseball operations department in 2010. He went on to manage at Class-A Eugene (2011-12), Triple-A Tucson (2013) and Triple-A El Paso (2014-15) before being named Padres interim manager last June 16. Along with his professional managing experience, Murphy had successful college stints as the head coach at the University of Notre Dame (1988-94) and Arizona State University (1995-2009). While at Notre Dame, he coached current Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

Tunnell, 55, returns for his fourth full season as bullpen coach. In 2015, the Milwaukee bullpen led the National League in strikeouts (548) and ranked second in winning percentage (23-15, .605), fifth in ERA (3.40) and fifth in opponent batting average (.238).

Shuckers To Host Exhibition Against Brewers On April 2



Milwaukee to Visit MGM Park, Home of Double-A Affiliate Biloxi Shuckers

The Milwaukee Brewers announced today that the team will close the Spring Training schedule with an exhibition game against their Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers. The game will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 1:10 p.m. CT at the Shuckers new ballpark, MGM Park.

“We appreciate all of the work that (President) Ken Young, (General Manager) Buck Rogers and the entire Shuckers staff do to provide a first-class home for our Double-A club,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “MGM Park is a state-of-the-art facility and 2015 was a terrific first season there with the team advancing to the Southern League Championship. We look forward to the Major League club visiting next year and to many more seasons of a great partnership between our organizations.”

This is the first time the Brewers will play in Biloxi. It is the first time a Major League team has visited the Gulf Coast city since the 1935 Washington Senators held Spring Training at Biloxi Stadium, which is now the site of Keesler Air Force Base.

“Having our Major League affiliate come to play the Shuckers is a very special event for the entire community,” stated Biloxi Shuckers President Ken Young. “Fans will be able to get to see Major Leaguers up close and will have a chance to interact with them as well. Starting our second season by playing the Brewers is a terrific way to continue the momentum from the 2015 campaign.”

The Brewers will announce their complete Spring Training schedule at a later date. Milwaukee will open up the regular season on Monday, April 4 at Miller Park against the San Francisco Giants.

Stearns Taps Rays’ Arnold (Official)

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the hiring of Matt Arnold as vice president and assistant general manager. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“I am thrilled to bring Matt on board,” said Stearns. “Matt has touched nearly every aspect of baseball operations during his impressive career. He has the ability to impact our organization across the entire baseball operations spectrum and will be an integral part of our operation.”

MattArnoldArnold, 36, had served as director of player personnel for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to joining the Brewers. During his time with the Rays (2007-15), Arnold assisted President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman in player acquisitions, contract negotiation and internal farm system evaluation. His responsibilities also included foreign and domestic special assignments and coordinating advance scouting coverage for the postseason. In addition, Arnold oversaw the integration of science, biomechanics and human movement analysis within baseball operations at all levels.

During his nine-season tenure in Tampa Bay, the Rays posted the fourth-best winning percentage in the American League (773-686, .530) and qualified
for the postseason four times (2008, 2010-11 and 2013), including the franchise’s first World Series appearance in 2008.

Arnold has 15 seasons of professional baseball experience. Along with his time with the Rays, he has worked in the baseball operations departments of the Los Angeles Dodgers (2000), Texas Rangers (2002) and Cincinnati Reds (2003-06).

While with the Reds, Arnold served as assistant director of professional scouting with his duties including player analysis, financial planning and arbitration, as well as involvement in advance, amateur and professional scouting. He joined the Rays following the 2006 season as a professional scout and was promoted to director of professional scouting in November 2009. In that role, he supervised the organization’s Major League and professional scouting departments. He was promoted to his most recent position with the Rays this past June.

“While leaving an incredible organization in Tampa Bay, I am excited and eternally grateful for the opportunity join the Brewers family,” said Arnold. “I am delighted at the prospect of building upon a dynamic environment and facing the challenges ahead together with Mark (Attanasio), David (Stearns), Doug (Melvin), Craig (Counsell) and the baseball operations department. Through hard work, curiosity, and creativity, I intend to work tirelessly with our talented group to bring a championship to Milwaukee.”

Originally from California, Arnold attended the University of California-Santa Barbara, where he earned a degree in economics. While there, he met his wife, Jodi. The couple has a daughter, Julianne, and a son, Tyler.


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