Brewers Notes: Grandal, Moose, Rule 5 Draft, Lucas

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By Mark Polishuk | November 21, 2019 at 3:47pm CDTThe most recent on the Brew Crew… .

Yasmani Grandal is currently an individual from the White Sox, however the Brewers made “different offers” to the free operator catcher, according to correspondent Robert Murray (by means of Twitter).  Milwaukee had normal enthusiasm for a gathering given how well Grandal played in 2019, however Chicago’s four-year, $73MM contract was sufficient to outbid the Brewers.  With Grandal authoritatively no longer a choice, catcher turns out to be maybe the Brewers’ greatest territory of need this winter, as the club will search for a strong standard to participate in-house choices Manny Pina, David Freitas, and Jacob Nottingham.  Grandal, coincidentally, gave a thank-you to both the Brewers and their fans on his Instagram account today.

With Grandal out of the picture, Mike Moustakas is the greatest outstanding Brewers free agent.  While Milwaukee might likewise want to hold Moustakas, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets that the infielder “has significant enthusiasm” from other teams.  The Phillies, Braves, and Rangers are three of the clubs who have been connected to Moustakas in past reports, and it’s reasonable for envision that bunches of different groups would see a fit for a power hitter who can play second or third base.

The Brewers added three players to their 40- man list yesterday ahead of time of the cutoff time for groups to set their lists ahead of time of the Rule 5 Draft.  As you may expect, “these are not 100 percent simple, clear choices to make on certain players,” Brewers leader of baseball activities David Stearns disclosed to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy and other reporters.  While Milwaukee has just 36 players on its 40- man, groups regularly leave spaces open for future options or other list moving preceding December 12, when the Rule 5 Draft takes place.  This implies different groups could choose some outstanding Brewers youths who weren’t ensured, for example, right-hander Zack Brown, as of now positioned by MLB.com as the third-best prospect in Milwaukee’s homestead system.  Brown was rapidly rising up the small time stepping stool and was the Brewers’ small time pitcher of the year in 2018, however his 2019 numbers (5.79 ERA over his first 116 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level) were a stage backwards.  Stearns conceded that these battles “unquestionably impacted our choice,” however “regardless we have high trusts in Zack Brown.”  If Brown is picked, his new group would need to keep him on its Major League list for the whole 2020 season to pick up his lasting rights, or else the group would bring to the table Brown back to Milwaukee.

Previous Marlins infielder Ed Lucas has been procured as the Brewers’ new small time hitting facilitator, according to Robert Murray (Twitter link).  Lucas’ post-playing vocation has up to this point included three seasons in managerial and improvement jobs with the Phillies and Marlins.  Lucas played for seven unique associations from 2004- 16, a profession that incorporates 163 MLB games with Miami in 2013- 14.

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