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Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff is facing live hitters on Thursday. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Woodruff had some stiffness in his back recently, but this is a step in the right direction. Woodruff's ERA was 3.05 in 13 games started in the 2020 season.

Lorenzo Cain suffered a quad injury in batting practice. It sounds like a minor injury, but he missed the past few days. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The news regarding Lorenzon Cain's quad injury comes shortly after the news about Jackie Bradley Jr. signing with the Brewers. Bradley should play centerfield and maybe Cain loses some playing time. Before opting out in 2020, Cain totaled 26, 30, and 18 steals from 2017-2019. Monitor the news on the quad injury since Cain showed the ability to provide steals, which could take a hit with the injury.

Category: Injury Updates

Brewers manager Craig Counsell says RHP Devin Williams won't appear in a Cactus League game before March 17th. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It isn't time to panic as this is a mapped out plan by Milwaukee. Williams suffered a shoulder injury late last year but he hasn't experienced any setbacks. The reigning National League Rookie of the Year winner is one of the top setup men in baseball entering 2021. His elite ratios make him worthy of a roster spot in most fantasy leagues, despite the fact that he won't get many save opportunities.

Category: Injury Updates

Freddy Peralta will be stretched out during Spring Training, according to manager Craig Counsell. (Source: Will Sammon on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Brewers have a dearth of reliable starters heading into the 2021 season, so Peralta will be stretched out to potentially handle a starter's workload. Peralta worked mostly in relief in 2020, registering a 3.99 ERA in 29.1 innings (15 appearances) with 47 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Category: Rumors

Avisail Garcia arrived at Spring Training down "a significant number of pounds," according to manager Craig Counsell. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garcia struggled in 2020, logging a .238 batting average and .659 OPS in 53 games. Clearly, Garcia wants to enter the 2021 season lighter. Keep an eye on how his body responds moving through training camp.

Category: Rumors

Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez says Corbin Burnes' changeup looks way better than last year. (Source: Adam McCalvy on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "I think it's a big weapon for him this year," he said. Burnes rode a sinker/cutter combo en route to his 2020 breakout, so the addition of a changeup would only add to his repertoire. Burnes' 2.11 ERA was backed up by a 2.99 xFIP and a 3.18 xERA, which should give confidence to fantasy managers looking to invest in him again this season.

Keston Hiura will be the team’s starting first baseman for 2021, per Brewers president David Stearns. (Source: Tom Haudricourt on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Brewers signed 2B Kolten Wong last Friday and current starter Keston Hiura will shift to first base. Wong is a defensive upgrade for the Brewers and is a two-time Gold Glove winner while Hiura has struggled defensively at the keystone throughout his career. Hiura will have dual eligibility in 2021, only increasing his fantasy value. The 24-year-old slashed .212/.297/.410 with 13 homers and three stolen bases across 246 plate appearances in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Josh Hader's name continues to come up in trade inquiries and the Brewers are "listening," according to Robert Murray of Fansided. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Murray does note that the asking price for Hader is "overwhelming" as Milwaukee considers him to be "the best left-handed reliever in baseball." It makes sense teams would inquire about Hader considering he's under contract for just $6.675 million this upcoming season. There's an outside chance that Milwaukee could be blown away with a trade offer but it's more likely that Hader remains with the Brewers for 2021.

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 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.

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

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