MILWAUKEE — Actuality are 10 takeaways from “Brewers On Deck” at the Wisconsin Center on Sunday:
1) Braun can see the end of the road
Entering the final affirmed division of his record-setting contract, Ryan Braun is alpha to contemplate retirement.
“I don’t booty for accepted this could be my aftermost year arena baseball,” Braun said. “Obviously, there’s a faculty of coercion every year, but for me, alive that this could be my aftermost adventitious ever, it’s article that adds to that faculty of urgency.”
The 36-year-old is set to acquire $16 actor in 2020, on a accord that includes a alternate advantage for 2021 at $15 actor with a $4 actor buyout. The Brewers accept outfielders Lorenzo Cain, Avisaíl García and Christian Yelich all active through at atomic 2021.
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This season, the Brewers plan to move Braun amid the outfield and aboriginal base, area he would anatomy a army with free-agent auto Justin Smoak.
“When I arise here, cerebration there’s at atomic a adventitious this is my aftermost fan fest as a player, you absolutely get a little cornball and anticipate about how bound it goes by,” said Braun, the Brewers’ first-round Draft aces in 2005 who fabricated his Above League admission in ’07. “There’s a little added absorption and nostalgia, alive there’s a achievability of that. I’ve anticipation about it a little bit, but for me, the ambition is consistently to break absolutely present and try to be the best adaptation of myself as a amateur this year, and afresh amount out the approaching aback I get through the season.”
Could that beggarly retirement?
“It’s possible,” Braun said, but it would depend on a alternation of factors including how this division goes, what the Brewers’ affairs attending like for 2021, and his own ancestors situation. Braun’s wife, Larisa, is due to accord bearing to a babyish boy in May, their third child.
2) Yelich is abounding go
After missing the final three weeks of 2019 with a burst appropriate kneecap, Christian Yelich declared himself accessible for the alpha of Bounce Training.
“It’s good,” he said. “Finally, absolutely healthy, accessible to go. Shouldn’t be any limitations this spring. It’s nice to be advantageous again.”
Besides accepting him accessible for Opening Day, the Brewers will accept to adjudge whether to acknowledgment Yelich to appropriate acreage or move him to left. One of their highest-profile free-agent acquisitions, Avisaíl García, may be a bigger fit in appropriate acreage by advantage of his able throwing arm.
“I anticipate that’s article we’re activity to anticipate about a little bit more, and how that’s activity to work,” administrator Craig Counsell said. “Christian is the cog in the decision, because he’s apparently the guy that’s activity to be out there the best and in one position the most. We’ll anticipate about that a little bit more, and how it affects Ryan and Avisaíl as well.”
3) Hader says it’s aloof business
In his aboriginal comments aback his assembly and the Brewers were clumsy to accede to agreement afore the borderline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to formally bandy figures, Josh Hader shrugged off the arrangement impasse.
“It’s absolutely a acquirements process,” he said. “It’s the business ancillary of baseball. We’ll see what happens.”
The abandon face a cogent gap afterwards Hader’s reps at CAA Baseball filed for $6.4 actor and the Brewers filed at $4.1 million. Aback the Brewers are a “file and go” team, the case is acceptable headed to an adjudication audition in February, afterwards which a console of board will accept one bacon or the added based on comparisons to accomplished cases. Hader, the backstab ascendant NL Reliever of the Year, acquaint a 2.62 ERA and 37 saves aftermost division while announcement the fourth-highest strikeout amount in history for a abode who logged at atomic 30 innings.
“Honestly, it’s absolutely a saves thing,” Hader said. “I didn’t accept as abounding saves as what they’re comping, so we’ll see.”
4) Urías’ abrasion is concerning
The Brewers will apperceive added this anniversary about the bloom of ambush applicant Luis Urías, who was brought to the U.S. for an assay of a larboard wrist injury. Urías developed ache while arena winter brawl in Mexico.
“Surgery is not off the table, so it’s accessible there could be some absence, but apperception as to whether this impacts the division appropriate now, I’m not able to do that,” Brewers admiral of baseball operations David Stearns said. “What we apperceive appropriate now is that it doesn’t arise it was an astute event. He wasn’t hit by a pitch, he didn’t jam his wrist while sliding into a base, it’s aloof article that popped up over his time in winter ball. Again, there are assertive areas that can point to aback things like that pop up, but until we accept a absolute diagnosis, I don’t appetite to go any further.”
The Brewers had planned to accord Urías an befalling to wrest the starting ambush job from Orlando Arcia, who would apparently get the job if Urías is sidelined. Others on the 40-man agenda with ambush acquaintance accommodate Eric Sogard, Mark Mathias, Ronny Rodríguez and Jedd Gyorko.
5) Cain is assuredly healed up
After awkward to the accomplishment band in 2019 with a bad larboard knee and ankle, Lorenzo Cain has alone about 10 pounds and feels acceptable on his anxiety again.
“I bare [the rest] big time,” he said. “I didn’t feel appropriate until maybe the alpha of December. That’s apparently aback I started to feel absolutely healthy. Even aback I started alive out it was still aggravation me a little bit. Once I got going, alive out and accomplishing all that. I did a lot of concrete therapy, two or three times a week, to accomplish abiding my knee and abate were good. I’m activity absolutely acceptable appropriate now and we all apperceive I charge to break that way.”
Cain is advancing off a banderole division defensively — he assuredly won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award afterwards years of alienated — but struggled throughout 2019 at the plate. His adapted OPS slipped 38 points, to 81.
An abrasion was a above factor, but it wasn’t to his lower half. Earlier in the season, Cain dealt with a assumption affair in his appropriate deride that grew so aching he bare a cryotherapy bang — the aforementioned analysis that offered some abatement to Braun. Cain is activity accomplished this winter, but advertent addition bang as a preemptive measure.
“They say the assumption comes aback afterwards four or bristles months, and I don’t appetite to accept to accord with it, added than anything,” Cain said.
Five added things:
6) Brandon Woodruff doesn’t accept in the anathema of the Brewers’ Opening Day starter, which has addled every man to booty the brawl aback Kyle Lohse in 2015.
“It would beggarly everything,” Woodruff said. “Just authoritative it to the big leagues is a big deal, but demography the bank on Opening Day … absolutely would be a huge honor. I would adulation that.”
7) Reliever Corey Knebel, advancing aback from Tommy John anaplasty aftermost April, is due to resume throwing off a bank by the end of abutting week, according to Counsell. Knebel won’t be accessible to angle in Cactus League games, but he charcoal on clue for a 13-month recovery, which could put him into the Brewers’ abode ancient in May.
8) Counsell and added admiral met with admission catcher Omar Narváez at Miller Park on Saturday to activate accepting Narváez up to acceleration on his new agents “and how we anticipate about things from the communicable position,” Counsell said.
9) Outfielder Tyrone Taylor, who confused up the authoritative abyss blueprint by advantage of Trent Grisham’s barter to San Diego, said he underwent a action to adjustment a wrist abrasion afterwards the division but is accessible for the alpha of Bounce Training.
10) The abominable afterlife of above NBA brilliant Kobe Bryant casting a cloak on anniversary Sunday, decidedly for California citizenry like Braun and Keston Hiura. Both addressed the sad news. Braun, who grew up in Los Angeles, estimated he saw Bryant comedy in being at atomic 50 times.
“I don’t anticipate I accept the words in my cant to appropriately clear the way that I feel,” Braun said. “It’s devastating. He was such an absurd basketball amateur and had such an appulse on people’s lives off the court. He had so abundant larboard to give. It’s heartbreaking. … It’s a connected admonition that you never apperceive how abundant time you accept left. Be present and acquaint the bodies you adulation that you adulation them.”
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com aback 2001. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and like him on Facebook.
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