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BREAKING: More (Reported) Trades!

Here are the latest two trades breaking this morning:

(with a hat tip to Lookout Landing who heard of the discussions yesterday)

Nothing announced yet on that one.

The other deal, as first reported…

…has been announced.

BREAKING NEWS: Carlos Gomez Reportedly Traded (This is not a repost)

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So after we got done talking to Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, and Craig Counsell all about the Gomez-to-Mets trade that got called off last night, and sitting at Miller Park preparing to watch Gomez man centerfield at least one more time, word is breaking that he’s been traded after all.

But not to the Mets. Melvin said earlier this afternoon that he doesn’t see any trades happening with the Mets anytime soon.

So where is he headed?

And the return?

Hey Ken, you got anything on the return?

But what about potential medical issues?

Friends, when it comes to Scott Boras clients, Jon Heyman is seldom never wrong.

More soon.

Gomez to Mets? Not So Fast (Or At All)

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Sandy Alderson, who is the General Manager of the New York Mets, told reporters following their game tonight that Carlos Gomez is not now and will not by Friday be a New York Metropolitan.

This is too convoluted to put together after midnight now, but here’s the short version of all the reports:

  • The deal (Gomez to NYM, Zack Wheeler & Wilmer Flores to MIL) was agreed to, pending physicals.
  • Gomez was informed while on the Brewers charter flight back to Milwaukee from San Francisco by manager Craig Counsell that a deal was in place, pending medicals, once the news was breaking on Twitter.
  • Flores was informed at some point during Wednesday evening’s game but remained in the game, an uncommon practice for a player in an agreed upon trade.
  • Word started coming out that the hold up was pending review of medical reports.
  • After the game, Alderson met with the media at CitiField to tell them that there was no trade for Gomez. Media talked to Flores who said he was told that there was no trade after all.
  • Assumptions were apparently made that it was Wheeler’s post-Tommy John surgery medicals that were the issue and that the Brewers backed out of the deal.
  • Reports then started to come out (likely leaked by the Mets) that they bailed on the deal over concerns about Gomez’s hip.
  • Those concerns were characterized as slight. Also, that they shouldn’t have nixed the deal.
  • Scott Boras (Gomez’s agent) was quoted that Gomez has no hip issue, never has, and anyone claiming otherwise is being untruthful.

Got all that? Good. I’m going to sleep at some point.

Official Release: Brewers Send Ramirez to Pittsburgh

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Brewers Acquire Right-Handed Reliever Yhonathan Barrios

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Yhonathan Barrios from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for third baseman Aramis Ramirez and cash. The announcement was made by President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Aramis has had a great career, and we have had the opportunity to be a part of it,” said Melvin. “He is still a very respected hitter when there is a chance to drive in runs. We wish Aramis and his family the best.”

Barrios, 23, has split the season between Double-A Altoona (20g, 0-1, 1.48 ERA, 10 saves) and Triple-A Indianapolis (13g, 1-2, 4.60 ERA, 1 save). He went a combined 1-3 with a 2.68 ERA and 11 saves in his 33 relief appearances (40.1 IP, 36 H, 15 R (12 ER), 17 BB, 21 K, 1 HR). Barrios will be assigned to Double-A Biloxi.

Barrios, who began his professional career as an infielder, was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a non-drafted free agent on July 5, 2008. He converted to pitcher in 2013. He led all Pirates farmhands in saves (15) last season while pitching at Class-A West Virginia (26 games, 4 saves) and Class-A Bradenton (15 games, 11 saves).

Ramirez, 37, batted .284 with 65 HR and 262 RBI in 455 games as a Brewer (2012-15). He was signed by Milwaukee as a free agent on December 14, 2011. He is batting .247 with 11 HR and 42 RBI in 81 games this season.

Ramirez, who has announced his intention to retire following the 2015 season, ranks fifth on the all-time Major League list for home runs as a third baseman (375). He returns to Pittsburgh where he began his Major League career (1998-2003). Overall, Ramirez is a career .284 hitter with 380 HR and 1,384 RBI in 2,138 games between Pittsburgh, Chicago-NL (2003-11) and Milwaukee.

Official Release: Brewers Sign National Champ Kirby, Three More

Milwaukee has Signed their Top 22 Selections and 38 Total Players

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signing of their Competitive Balance Round A selection, left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby. The 40th overall pick was selected with the Brewers’ second pick in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Kirby, 21, recently completed his junior year at Virginia, where he helped lead the team to their first-ever NCAA Division I title. The lefty went 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 12 games (11 starts).  He produced 81 strikeouts in 64.0 innings pitched and held opponents to a .236 batting average.  Kirby earned a two-inning save, striking out five batters, on June 25 to clinch Virginia’s first championship in school history.

The Midlothian, Virginia, native was scouted by area scout Dan Nellum and will begin his professional career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

In addition, the Brewers also announced the signings of C Max McDowell (13th Round – University of Connecticut), RHP Michael Petersen (17th round – Riverside Community College) and RHP Jordan Desguin (36th round – Florida Gulf Coast University).

The Brewers have signed their top 22 selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft and have signed a total of 38 players (31 drafted and 7 non-drafted).

Brewers Officially Announce Three Draft Pick Signings

(The text between the —‘s and the photo of Trent Clark signing are from the Brewers official press release.)

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signings of three selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The signings include 15th pick outfielder Trent Clark, right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce (second round, 55th pick) and right-handed pitcher Nash Walters (third round, 90th pick). The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Trent Clark (Photo credit: Scott Paulus)

Trent Clark (Photo credit: Scott Paulus)

Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season at Richland (TX) High School.  He bats left-handed and plays center field.  Clark was ranked as the number 10 prospect entering the draft according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout KJ Hendricks and national crosschecker Steve Riha.

Cody Ponce (Photo credit: Dave Coggin)

Cody Ponce (Photo credit: Dave Coggin)

Ponce, 21, recently completed his junior year at Cal Poly Pomona, going 5-3 with a 1.44 ERA in 13 starts.  The 6’6 right-handed pitcher struck out 67 and walked 14 on the season. Ponce entered the draft as the number 36 prospect according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout Josh Belovsky.

Walters, 18, attended Lindale High School in Texas. The third-round draft pick was a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America and a member of the Texas-All Region First Team.  He was scouted by KJ Hendricks.

Here’s the audio from their introductory press conference, recorded earlier tonight at Miller Park.

Official Release: Brewers Make First Selection in 2015 Draft

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MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers selected outfielder Trent Clark out of Richland (TX) High School with their first pick (15th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft. Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery made the announcement.

“We are excited to have Trent in the organization,” said Montgomery. “He has proven to be a team leader and is one of the better bats in the draft. He is a potential five-tool player and we are excited to get that type of player with the 15th selection”

Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season. He bats left-handed and plays center field. He was scouted by national crosschecker Steve Riha.

The Brewers have two more draft picks tonight, coming in Competitive Balance Round A (#40 overall) and in the second round (#55). The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12pm CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11am CT with rounds 11-40.

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Official Release (with quotes) Regarding Tyler Wagner’s Promotion

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TYLER WAGNER PROMOTED TO MILWAUKEE, BECOMES FIRST SHUCKER IN THE MAJORS

Wagner will make his Major League debut on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park in Milwaukee

CHATTANOOGA, TN – In concordance with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Biloxi Shuckers are thrilled to announce that starting pitcher Tyler Wagner will be the first Biloxi Shucker to play in the big leagues, when he makes his Major League debut on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. CT for the Brewers against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park. Wagner will make the start for the “Brew Crew” in game three of the weekend series.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to know how much you have worked to get to this point in your career and everybody that has helped you along the lines, said Wagner after learning that he would be promoted from the Shuckers to Milwaukee. “It’s a surreal feeling right now.”

In nine starts for the Shuckers this season, the 24-year-old was 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA, posting 38 strikeouts and 15 walks in 53.2 innings and a 1.12 WHIP. The Brewers’ fourth round selection in 2012 out of the University of Utah ranked third in the league in ERA and tied for second in wins. He has paced a starting rotation for Biloxi that has gone 18-12 with a 3.37 ERA this season.

Shuckers’ manager Carlos Subero announced the news to the entire clubhouse.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” added Wagner. “I believed I was ready for the moment but you never expect something like that. He built it up quite a bit and my heart was pumping a lot and then he finally broke the news that I was going up.” Everybody was cheering and happy for me and it was great to have the support from the clubhouse.”

The Las Vegas, NV native is rated by Baseball America as the Milwaukee Brewers’ No. 9 rated prospect and was a 2014 mid-season and postseason Florida State League All-Star. On May 14, infielder Yadiel Rivera become the Shuckers’ first position player to be promoted to Triple-A, but Wagner becomes the first to play in the big leagues.

“That’s an awesome honor to have,” Wagner stated on being the first Shucker to play in the Majors. “Hopefully it’s not too soon before someone else gets the call from this team.”

The parent club of the Shuckers are currently 16-32 on the young season. Wagner will be just the sixth Brewer to start a game this season.

“There is a whole bunch of emotions going through my head,” said Wagner. “Just thoughts of what I am going to do and how I am going to act – what I am going to wear – what kind of cleats I will wear. But, it all comes down to controlling what you can control and living in the moment.”

Wagner became the Southern League’s first four game winner after an 8-2 win over the Pensacola Blue Wahoos on April 27, and followed it up with two consecutive seven inning outings that yielded no decisions.

The preceding press release was provided by the Biloxi Shuckers.

Segura Latest to Hit Disabled List for Brewers

In the time leading up to Wednesday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park, the Milwaukee Brewers alerted everyone that their posted lineup would be changing. Jean Segura, who had been set to play shortstop and lead off for Craig Counsell, would no longer be participating in that evening’s contest. The given reason was soreness in Segura’s pinky finger on his right hand.

Scorebook pages were swapped out or updated with the new player and the new batting order, but beyond that nobody gave it another thought, really. Well, until this morning anyway.

That’s when a pair of tweets hit the interwebz from the Brewers official account. The first alerted us that Segura’s finger soreness was being understandably caused by a fracture.

The second filled us in on how the Brewers would be managing the roster in light of the news.

While it’s obviously terrible news that “Seggy” will miss time, that he will is an unavoidable certainty. Therefore, let’s not dwell on that part of things. Instead, let’s focus on the latter half of this transaction news.

Luis Sardiñas, who will turn just 22 years old on Saturday, is a switch-hitting infielder who hails from Venezuela. He is the same switch-hitting Venezuelan infielder acquired from the Texas Rangers over the off-season in the Yovani Gallardo trade.

So far this season, Sardiñas has slashed .288/.324/.386 for Triple-A Colorado Springs. That includes seven doubles and three triples but no home runs. He’s struck out just 19 times in 141 plate appearances, but also walked but seven.

Defensively capable at shortstop, third, and second, Sardiñas is a true shortstop first and foremost. That’s been reflected in his defensive log with the Sky Sox inasmuch as he’s played in 31 games at shortstop with just one appearance at the keystone and zero at the hot corner.

Sardiñas made his Major League debut in 2014 for the Rangers, appearing out of necessity after that team suffered an ridiculous amount of injuries at the big league level. That’s how he gets his next opportunity as well, though his time was certainly coming at some point regardless of why.

It wouldn’t shock me if Sardiñas is given the opportunity to start some over the next two weeks. As mentioned, he’s a switch-hitter which gives Craig Counsell another player for whom he needn’t worry about late-game matchups.

All that said, let’s look at one more potentially impacted part of the Brewers organization by way of this promotion. The Sky Sox don’t exactly have another true shortstop on their roster. Donnie Murphy and Pete Orr could fill in (and maybe Chris Nelson too, though I don’t know if he’s played short and I don’t have time to check right now), but this seems like the right time to promote from within.

The Brewers are currently carrying two true shortstops at Double-A Biloxi in the persons of Yadiel Rivera and top prospect Orlando Arcia. They carry surprisingly similar stat lines to this point, for what it’s worth. Also, when a spot opened at Double-A last year, Rivera was promoted first. Granted he’s older (having turned just 23 in his own right on May 2nd) and has been a professional longer (by a year) than Arcia, but that doesn’t always amount to a hill of beans in the grand scheme.

Doug Melvin should use this opportunity to see what he’s got in one of these Double-A shortstops. I’d guess they’d opt to move Rivera first.

Either way, there exists a chance to make the most of this unfortunate situation. Sardiñas gets his call back to The Show and someone should, in my humble opinion, be given the chance to ply their trade just one step away from Milwaukee.

BREAKING NEWS: Craig Counsell Named Nineteenth Manager in Brewers History

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After Ron Roenicke was relieved of his managerial duties late Sunday evening by the Milwaukee Brewers — and once the requisite hot takes about whether the firing was the right move died down — chatter sparked up about who would replace the man who has been at the helm of this club since taking over prior to the 2011 season.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports was the first to go on record late last night, quoting a source who said that the new manager will be former Brewers player and of late member of Doug Melvin’s front office Craig Counsell. (For what it’s worth, I was able to independently confirm the same earlier Monday morning.)

Rosenthal wasn’t the first person to suggest that Counsell could be the choice. Speculation was running rampant on social media as everyone tried to determine who made the most sense. Names like Ron Gardenhire and even *shudder* Dusty Baker were offered as out-of-work managerial types who weren’t all that busy over the weekend. In the end, Counsell got the nod.

General Manager Doug Melvin told reporters last night that the decision to relieve Roenicke and go in another direction was made following the series loss in Cincinnati during the just completed road trip. It then took a couple of days to ask and subsequently negotiate a deal. Roenicke nor his coaches were informed of the decision until Sunday evening and while the rest of the coaching staff is being retained for the rest of the season (for now anyway), Roenicke’s firing could signal the beginning of much bigger changes on the horizon.

Counsell is another in a recent trend of hirings at the Major League level of former players who lack managerial experience. Mike Matheny has had the most success in St. Louis to this point but Brad Ausmus in Detroit and Robin Ventura with the White Sox, Walt Weiss in Colorado, Matt Williams with Washington. There are only 30 of these jobs, after all.

Counsell has signed a three-year contract to manager the Brewers.

Following is the official press release:

The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season. Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was relieved of his duties last night. The announcement was made by President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” said Melvin. “There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role. I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse. Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.”

Counsell, 44, joined the front office on January 17, 2012 as special assistant to the general manager. The former infielder enjoyed a 16-year Major League playing career, batting .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona (2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004, 2007-11). He was a member of World Series championship teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001), and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series.

“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office,” said Counsell. “In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee. This has been a difficult time for the Brewers, and we all share the responsibility. I understand the work ahead to be the team our fans deserve. We have challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working tirelessly to achieve our goals.”

Counsell, a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, resides in Whitefish Bay with his wife, Michelle, their sons, Brady and Jack, and daughters, Finley and Rowan. His father, John, worked in the Brewers front office as director of the speakers bureau (1979-85) and director of community relations (1986-87).

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