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Ben Gamel was non-tendered by the Brewers according to the team. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The club declined his $2.25 million option back in October, so this was an expected move. The 28-year old outfielder put up a .237/.315/.404 batting line to go along with three home runs and 10 RBI across 114 at-bats for Milwaukee in 2020. He shouldn't have any trouble finding a new team via free agency this winter.

Category: Transactions

Manny Pina signed a one-year deal with the Brewers, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 33-year old catcher's deal is worth $1.65 million. His 2020 campaign was cut short after tearing his meniscus but should be ready to go by the time the season kicks off. He will compete for a reserve role this spring.

Category: Transactions

The Brewers and 1B Daniel Vogelbach avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vogelbach should be in line to play first base against right-handers heading into 2021. The continuation of the universal DH role would only help his playing time.

Category: Transactions

The Dodgers acquired RHP Corey Knebel from the Brewers for a player to be named later. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Knebel was going to be non-tendered by the Brewers, which led to the Dodgers swooping in to make a deal happen. The 29-year-old was terrific back in 2018. He then missed all of 2019 and posted a 6.08 ERA in 15 appearances this past season. He'll likely pitch in middle relief for the defending World Champs.

Category: Transactions

Orlando Arcia agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Brewers on Wednesday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arcia avoids arbitration and signs a one-year deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. He slashed .260/.317/.416 with five home runs, 20 RBI, 22 runs scored and two stolen bases over 189 plate appearances in 2019-20. Arcia is known more for his glove than his bat and is an option in deep-league formats only.

Category: Transactions

C Omar Narvaez agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Narvaez will remain with the Brewers and is expected to be the team's starting catcher in 2021. He struggled in 2020, slashing .176/.294/.269 over 126 plate appearances. Narvaez will look to bounce back to his 2019 levels, when he slashed .278/.353/.460 with 22 home runs and 55 RBI. The 28-year-old is considered a high upside C2 if Narvaez can rebound after a disappointing 2019 season.

Category: Transactions

The Brewers reportedly intend to listen to offers for elite closer Josh Hader, per Robert Murray of Fansided. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Brewers “intend to listen” to offers for All-Star reliever Josh Hader, per Murray. The LHP will earn $5.1 million in arbitration and that number will rise until he becomes a free agent in 2024. The Brewers are looking to upgrade their offense and moving on from Hader would free up extra money. The Yankees, Dodgers, Padres and Mets are among the teams to show previous interest in Hader, Murray added. Hader posted a 3.79 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and a 31:10 K:BB over 19 innings last season.

Category: Rumors

RHP Devin Williams was named the 2020 National League Rookie of the Year on Monday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams was dominant in a shortened 2020 campaign, owning a (4-1) record along with a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB across over 27 innings. He received 14 first place votes and 95 points. Williams made history becoming the only pitcher to win the NL Rookie of the Year without making a start or recording a save. Williams is dealing with a shoulder injury, but is expected to be fully healthy for the 2021 campaign.

The Milwaukee Brewers declined Eric Sogard's $4.5 million team option. The veteran infielder will enter free agency. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sogard was okay in 2020, finishing the year with a .209 batting average. The former 2nd round draft pick offers the ability to play around the diamond as a semi-utility man but doesn't boast too much power.

Category: Transactions

The Brewers declined Jedd Gyorko's $4.5 million option for 2021. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gyorko will instead receive a $1 million buyout. He hit nine homers with an .838 OPS in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Ryan Braun becomes a free agent

Fri, Oct 30th 6:14am EDT
By Brad Camara

OF Ryan Braun was listed on the list of free agents provided by the MLBPA on Thursday. The Brewers have declined his $15 million dollar mutual option for 2021. (Source: MLBPA Communications on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun will become a free agent after playing 14 years of his career in Milwaukee. The 36-year-old had hinted at retirement recently, but it remains to be seen if plays for another season. He slashed .233/.281/.488 with eight home runs, 26 RBI, 14 runs scored and one stolen base over 39 games in 2020. Braun will look to latch onto another team during the off-season or re-sign with the Brewers on a team-friendly deal.

Category: Transactions

Brewers GM David Stearns says that the team is considering having Luis Urias be their everyday third baseman in 2021. (Source: Todd Rosiak on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Urias made 20 starts at the hot corner this summer after coming up as a middle infielder in the minors. Urias has raked throughout his recent time in the minors but that hasn't translated to big league success. 2021 could be a defining year for the former top prospect.

Avisail Garcia went 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts in the Brewers 3-0 loss to the Dodgers in Game 2 of the Wild Card round.

Fantasy Impact: Garcia led off in the ball game and picked up just one of four Milwaukee hits. He also struck out three times on a night when Clayton Kershaw whiffed 13. Garcia batted .500 with a 1.000 OPS in the short two-game series

Category: Game Recaps

Christian Yelich went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the Brewers 3-0 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: The Brewers only mustered four hits as an offense as Clayton Kershaw was locked in from start to finish. Yelich finished the series going 2-for-9 with a double and zero RBI.

Category: Game Recaps

Brandon Woodruff was handed the loss on Thursday when he allowed three runs on five hits while striking out nine over 4 2/3 innings in the Brewers Game 2 loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Woodruff was locked in a pitcher's duel with Clayton Kershaw through the first four innings of the contest. Kershaw would go on to pitch eight shutout innings while Woodruff ran into trouble in the fifth when he have up an RBI single to Austin Barnes and two-run double to Mookie Betts. The 27-year old still managed to strikeout nine in the ball game, though. Woodruff should be a popular pick in fantasy drafts next spring following his stellar 2020 season.

Category: Game Recaps

Brent Suter took the loss on Wednesday when he allowed three runs on three hits with five walks and no strikeouts across just 1 2/3 innings in the Brewers 4-2 loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Suter threw 51 pitches with just 21 strikes in the wildly inefficient outing. He walked four batters in the first inning alone as he struggled to hit his spots from the get go. The left-hander had just five walks all season over 31 2/3 innings so maybe playoff jitters played a factor. He had been solid as an opener this year for the Brewers but that was not the case against the patient Dodgers lineup who made him pay.

Category: Game Recaps

Brett Anderson, who was left off the Brewers' NLWC roster because of a blister, has not progressed and is doubtful for the NLDS should the Brewers advance. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson was a solid middle of the rotation starter for the Brewers this season. He is not on the radar for 2021 redraft leagues.

Category: Injury Updates

Keston Hiura went 2-for-6 with three strikeouts and a run scored in both games of Friday's doubleheader against the Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Hiura has now logged a multi-hit effort in two of his last four contests. He is 4-for-14 with six strikeouts during that span. Hiura is slashing .220/.307/.426 with 13 home runs, 32 RBI, 30 runs scored and three stolen bases over 238 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Game Recaps

Josh Lindblom (2-4) allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two over two 1/3 innings in Friday's 9-1 Game 2 loss to the Cardinals. He earned his fourth loss of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Lindblom was removed from his start after tossing two 1/3 innings. He threw a total of 47 pitches, landing for 28 strikes. The right-hander has now allowed four runs in last 12 innings. Lindblom will finish 2020 with a 5.16 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 52:16 K:BB over 45 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old will look to compete for a rotation spot in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps

The Brewers placed Corbin Burnes on the 10-day injured list due to a left oblique strain. (Source: Milwaukee Brewers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: That's a tough loss for the Brewers and fantasy managers. Burnes has been dominant in 59.2 innings with 88 strikeouts, a 2.11 ERA, and 1.02 WHIP. After a rough 2019, Burnes finally performed well as many hoped and expected.

Category: Injury Updates