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Minor League Transactions - 2014-2015 Offseason

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Posted: October 03, 2014, 10:38 AM Post
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Kicking off this thread and have closed the lengthy 2014 Regular Season Minor League Transactions thread.

Nothing new to report today, but the upcoming updates here will tie in closely with our Brewer Minor League Free Agents After the 2014 Season thread and our 2014 Rule 5 Protection & the 40-Man Roster thread.


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Posted: October 20, 2014, 2:49 PM Post
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Mass Haas said:
From Adam McCalvy, likely informed by agent Josh - click to see replies as well.

Tweet -- Hearing hard-throwing RHP Manny Barreda will be back in #Brewers system next year. Could have been an MiLB free agent.

Tweet -- Barreda just turned 26 and had a 1.99 ERA at Double-A after #Brewers picked him up. Maybe a closer candidate for Triple-A in '15?


Confirmed by Josh Kusnick today, reported by Baseball America over the weekend.


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Posted: October 21, 2014, 8:08 AM Post
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Can Barreda still be selected in the rule 5 draft? I assume nobody would or else Barreda would have just signed with that team but just curious.


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Posted: October 21, 2014, 10:36 AM Post
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Technically, yes Barreda is eligible for Rule 5, absolutely.

Also technically, Barreda wasn't going to be a free agent until after the World Series, and was Brewers property this fall before he re-signed. Any team interested in offering Barreda a 40-man roster spot this fall (and thus avoiding the Rule 5 regulations) wouldn't have had a chance to talk to him or his agent, it seems.

One wonders if any other organization would send a "wink-wink" message somehow to Josh (agent) letting him know they were interested in offering a 40-man roster spot after the World Series. Josh could have then put off the Brewers or asked them to match the 40-man deal later.

Sounds like a potential tampering situation if something like that would happen, so more likely Josh and Manny had to assess the market, weigh the financial offer from Milwaukee, and how comfortable Manny was during his couple of months with the Brewers.

It does pose an interesting question, when you have a likely "in demand" minor league free agent-to-be, why not wait to see what's out there when you're so close to minor league free agency. Of course, if you're more of a fringy free agent (think Joey Paciorek last year), that extension offered by your current club can look very nice indeed.


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Posted: October 21, 2014, 5:06 PM Post
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It's pretty simple. What reason would Manny have had to leave the ball club? What opportunity could possibly have been better money aside? Nobody is offering a guy with no experience above AA a 40 man spot and if there is a club for some reason that likes him enough for that they can clearly rule 5 him still. Brewers can still add him to the roster if they fear losing him. And it absolutely would be tampering talking to other ball clubs about players that are not free agents. Waiting til free agency is NOT always smart. Ask a former LHP brewer farm hand, whom I no longer work for. He had what I thought was a great offer to return to Milwaukee, I advised him to accept it he decided to test the market and ended up in indy ball before going to AA with another ball club at age 30 for about 20 percent of what his original offer was. And that is why players sign early. I have had 3 players reup with the clubs they're with thus far and a couple reject offers. Every situation is unique and in this specific case there was no way I was going to advise Manny leave the organization that gave him a chance to revive his career. Well not yet anyway lol


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Posted: October 21, 2014, 5:07 PM Post
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And fwiw he easily could go rule 5 depending on how he does in Mexico. Look at Joakim Soria. Signed with the padres out of mexico as a minor league fa, wasn't protected, dominated in mexico, selected rule 5 like two months later and the rest is history


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Posted: October 22, 2014, 6:40 AM Post
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Thanks Haas and agent39. It is very interesting to get an agent's view on why a players resigns with a club. Hopefully Barreda is the next Jeffress and can help the Brewers bullpen the second half of the year.


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Posted: October 22, 2014, 8:49 AM Post
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Hard throwers ground ball pitchers nice.


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Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:09 AM Post
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Barreda is very good. I have no idea what nyy was doing it reqlly was a huge shock. He was a ufa for 15 minutes


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Posted: October 27, 2014, 5:07 PM Post
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@AdamMcCalvy 20 seconds ago
#Brewers say they have claimed 3B Luis Jimenez off waivers from the @Angels. The 40-man roster now stands at 39.


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Posted: November 03, 2014, 9:29 AM Post
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Mass Haas said:
Taylor Green, who turned 28 this past Sunday, is set to return for a 10th season in the Brewers system, as per hints dropped to us and Adam McCalvy via his agent Josh Kusnick.


FYI - Baseball America officially confirmed this Monday AM 11/3.


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Posted: November 03, 2014, 4:23 PM Post
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2015 will be Tim Dillard's 13th year in the Brewers organization. Outside of brief indy league forays in recent seasons, he's been nothing but a Brewer. Welcome back (again), Tim.

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Two Brewers have retired, as per the Brewers via Tom Haudricourt.

Fond du Lac's and UW-Milwaukee RHP Chad Pierce has notified the Brewers of his retirement. Must have been tough for the soon-to-be 27-year-old to be told he was repeating High-A at Brevard last season. Pierce did well to carve out four pro seasons considering he was a 38th round pick (2011). Good luck in your baseball afterlife, Chad.

22-year-old Helena RHP Wesley Cox, an undrafted 2014 signee out of Texas-Arlington, says goodbye to baseball after one season. For those who follow all the minor league Brewers on Twitter via this handy list, you know Cox got married in October, congrats to him on that and good luck going forward.


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Posted: November 03, 2014, 9:30 PM Post
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I always felt bad for Dillard. Didn't he break his hand barehanding a comebacker, and lost velocity? Before the injury he was throwing a heavy 96 mph sinker. After he was barely touching 90 and converted to a side-armer


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Posted: November 04, 2014, 4:21 AM Post
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As per Spanish reporter @WilmerReina, Tim Dillard's Brewers minor league contract includes an invite to big league spring training.


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Posted: November 07, 2014, 6:42 AM Post
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As per 2012 J.G. Taylor Spink Hall of Fame honoree Bob Elliott, the Brewers have re-signed infielder Pete Orr to a 2015 minor league contract with an invite to big league spring training.

Orr, who will be 36 years old next June, appeared in 113 games for Nashville this past season, posting a fine .301/.329/.423 line (.752 OPS).

The LH bat split his time as follows in 2014 - 74 games at 2B, 21 at 3B, 6 at SS, and 5 in the OF.

Next year will mark his 16th in pro ball, you can see his combined minor/major league career stats here.

It was a slow tweeting year for the wonderful account @PeteOrrFacts. Check that out, as we can only hope for a more active return there.


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Posted: November 07, 2014, 7:44 AM Post
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The Pete Orr signing means the Brewers have re-signed five of their own would-be minor league free agents (list), with two (Tim Dillard and Orr) receiving big league spring camp invites thus far.


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Posted: November 07, 2014, 2:56 PM Post
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Add OF Jeremy Hermida to the re-signed list, he also gets a big league camp invite.


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Posted: November 10, 2014, 9:37 AM Post
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Not sure if Josh Prince or the Brewers initiated his departure, but Josh says thanks in these back-to-back tweets.


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Posted: November 11, 2014, 4:37 AM Post
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Baseball America noted the Brewers released IF Liu Rodriguez, the "player/coach" for Maryvale this past year.

It's been confirmed to be a paper move to drop the "player" part - the 38-year-old did not see action on the field in 2014.

Rodriguez will continue as a coach in the Brewers organization.


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Posted: November 12, 2014, 9:24 AM Post
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Brewers announce nine releases -- we will post information on their careers here shortly.

"Recent Brewer releases: Deeter, Hillis, Hinojosa, Hopkins, Prince, Sermo, Vucinich, Walla, WilliamsE. We wish them all the best."


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