The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their starting catcher from the last handful of seasons as Yasmani Grandal signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. His deal does include a mutual option for 2020. Grandal signing for just one year with the Brewers was a bit interesting considering he turned down the Dodgers' qualifying offer early in the offseason and also reportedly had a four-year offer on the table from the New York Mets at one point in the winter. After playing against the Brewers in the National League Championship Series, it appears Grandal saw the potential in that team and had a desire to join them. At his introductory press conference in Milwaukee, he also made a joke about
Asked why he agreed to a one-year deal with Milwaukee rather than multiyear offers from other teams, catcher Yasmani Grandal gave two simple reasons: the chance to win and family. "My wife told me: 'You get to have spring training here and be with your kids a little more,'" Grandal said Tuesday, a day after his $18.25 million deal was announced. Grandal's deal includes a $16 million salary this year and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout due Dec. 31.
Tragedy rocked Thousand Oaks last November when a mass shooting took place at Borderline Bar and Grill. One night later, before citizens could begin to cope with the horrific event, wildfires broke out in the surrounding communities. The Woolsey fire burned over 95,000 acres and damaged more than 1,600 structures. The Hill fire claimed another 4,500 acres, and up north the Camp fire caused more catastrophic damage. With the communities still recovering and piecing their lives back together, Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff, Milwaukee Brewers teammates last season Ryan Braun, Mike Moustakas and Christian Yelich came together and formed California Strong. In partnership with the YMCA of
The Milwaukee Brewers continue to seek upper-level pitching depth in advance of their attempt to defend their National League Central title in 2019, and this past week their search resulted in a minor league agreement with right-hander Burch Smith. The former top prospect will turn 29 shortly after the start of the regular season, though his unique and idiosyncratic career path may portend to more upside than one might expect from a pitcher of a similar age and MLB track record. Smith began his professional career in 2011, when he slipped to the 14th round in the MLB draft due to perceived signability issues. The Padres selected him and promised him a well above-slot $250K bonus to convince him to sign on the dotted line, and that began his meteoric rise through the minor leagues.
Tom Haudricourt, the Journal Sentinel's Milwaukee Brewers beat writer, has been named the 2018 Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. This is the third time he has earned the honor, also winning the award in 2011 and 2012. Other Journal Sentinel sportswriters recognized with the award in the last decade include Tom Silverstein, Lori Nickel, Bob McGinn and Gary D'Amato. Matt Lepay, radio and TV announcer for the Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers, was named Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year for the ninth time. He first won the award in 1997. Haudricourt has covered the Brewers in Milwaukee since 1985, except for a brief hiatus in the early 2000s when
The Brewers officially announced the signing of Jake Petricka over the weekend. David Stearns is once again adding to the depth and flexibility of Milwaukee's bullpen with an under-the-radar move. Petricka is controllable for 2019 and 2020, and he has one minor league option remaining. Petricka throws hard, utilizing a two-seam sinking fastball at 95+ mph. He induces ground balls especially well (51% ground ball rate in 2018). Prior to an elbow injury in 2016, Petricka used that arsenal, along with a changeup, to pitch pretty well for the White Sox (3.24 ERA and 3.56 FIP through three seasons). The injury derailed him a bit as he only pitched in 33 2⁄3 innings in 2016 and 2017. Petricka signed