Barnes on special flight to honor Vietnam vets

Brewers reliever serves as guardian for trip from Wisconsin to DC

Barnes on special flight to honor Vietnam vets

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes will be giving thanks to a trio of brothers, all Vietnam War veterans, when he gathers with his own family in Florida for Thanksgiving.

Barnes served as a guardian for one of those brothers, Grant Hagen, on a memorable Stars and Stripes Honor Flight from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 4. Grant, Conn and Roger Hagen all served in Vietnam between 1964 and 1975, and together joined the list of more than 5,500 war veterans to make the trip from the Honor Flight's hub in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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Braun muses on future at food drive

Braun muses on future at food drive

MILWAUKEE -- Perhaps Ryan Braun has an idea about how bold Brewers general manager David Stearns and assistant GM Matt Arnold should be this offseason, in the wake of the team's better-than-expected performance in 2017. Should they drop $100 million on a free agent like Jake Arrieta? Or save those resources and let the young core continue to develop?

If he does indeed have an opinion, Braun was keeping it to himself when he visited Miller Park on Wednesday to take donations for the team's annual Thanksgiving food drive.

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Young prospects join Brewers' 40-man roster

Young prospects join Brewers' 40-man roster

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added four of MLBPipeline.com's top 20 Milwaukee prospects to the 40-man roster ahead of Monday's deadline to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft. They are infielder Mauricio Dubon, pitchers Freddy Peralta and Marcos Diplan and catcher Jacob Nottingham.

Generally, players who signed when they were 18 or younger in 2013 or were drafted out of college in 2014 required a spot on a team's 40-man roster to avoid being exposed to the 29 other teams at the Winter Meetings. With their additions, the Brewers' roster is at 39.

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Hoffman leads Hall candidates with Crew ties

Sheffield, Lee among former Brewers on ballot for Cooperstown

Hoffman leads Hall candidates with Crew ties

MILWAUKEE -- After narrowly missing the cut last year, Trevor Hoffman is getting another crack at Cooperstown.

Hoffman, who spent most of his career as a shutdown closer for the Padres before capping his career with two seasons in Milwaukee and making the National League All-Star team in 2009, was the most notable player with Brewers ties on the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot unveiled Monday. The list also includes returning candidate Gary Sheffield and first-timer Carlos Lee.

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Harrison named to Pipeline's All-AFL Team

Harrison named to Pipeline's All-AFL Team

Deep rosters and ongoing roster moves throughout the Arizona Fall League season can make it difficult to evaluate players, many of whom also are mentally and physically exhausted after playing the longest schedules of their careers.

However, it's those same considerations that make standout Fall League performances all the more impressive, offering a potential preview of what the future holds for some of baseball's top prospects.

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Phoenix passes plan to keep Crew in Maryvale

Proposal to overhaul club's spring home, extend stay for 25 years approved by 6-2 vote

Phoenix passes plan to keep Crew in Maryvale

MILWAUKEE -- The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday approved a major renovation of Maryvale Baseball Park that will keep the Brewers in their Spring Training home for another 25 years.

The plan, which passed by a 6-2 vote, calls for the Brewers to foot most of the bill for an overhaul of the complex, which has housed their Spring Training operation, a Rookie League team and the organization's year-round rehabilitation facility since 1998. The Brewers will invest at least $41 million in construction of a new 65,000-square-foot building with clubhouse, office and retail space, plus an expanded stadium concourse and a new practice field that replicates the dimensions of Miller Park.

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Harrison among AFL's breakout prospects

Harrison among AFL's breakout prospects

With the completion of the Arizona Fall League season on Saturday comes a run of "AFL in review" type stories. Last week, Mike Rosenbaum weighed in with 10 players who stood out to him during his time there. Later this week, Jim Callis will have an AFL top prospects list and MLBPipeline.com will also have an all-AFL team to peruse.

While those later stories will shine a deserving light on the top prospects around the league, every year there are players who might not be at the top of prospect lists, but who use the Fall League as a bit of a coming out party. These are players who can be considered breakout prospects, with the usual caveat about small sample sizes.

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Crew names Groopman director of int'l scouting

Former Royals director of baseball operations hired amid Ohtani buzz

Crew names Groopman director of int'l scouting

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have a new director of international scouting, and not surprisingly, he comes from the world of analytics.

Mike Groopman, whose hire was first reported by the Kansas City Star, is a former Baseball Prospectus contributor who had worked in the Royals' front office for the past decade, most recently as director of baseball operations. In that capacity, Groopman oversaw the analytics department he helped build, skills he will now apply to the international arena, Brewers general manager David Stearns said.

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Crew gets Competitive Balance pick in '18 Draft

Crew gets Competitive Balance pick in '18 Draft

With the conclusion of the 2017 regular season, the preliminary order for the 2018 Draft took some shape, thanks to the reverse order of the standings. The Tigers and Giants finished tied with the worst record in the Major Leagues last season, but Detroit was awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft by virtue of having a lower winning percentage in 2016.

After the Tigers and Giants, the next eight picks go to the Phillies, White Sox, Reds, Mets, Padres, Braves, A's and Pirates.

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Stearns casting 'a wide net' entering offseason

Brewers' GM will explore spending on free-agent starting pitching

Stearns casting 'a wide net' entering offseason

Following their surprisingly competitive season, is it realistic to think the Brewers might already be poised to spend big on starting pitching?

At the GM Meetings on Monday in Orlando, where free agents like Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish are on the agenda, Milwaukee's David Stearns didn't rule it out.

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Harrison continues to impress in Fall League

Harrison continues to impress in Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Serious injuries sidelined Monte Harrison for much of his first two pro seasons. Now that he's staying healthy in 2017, he's showing why scouts considered him the best athlete in the 2014 Draft.

Though the Brewers outfielder only gets to play twice a week in the Arizona Fall League as a member of the Salt River Rafters' taxi squad, he's making the most of his opportunities. On Tuesday, Harrison went 2-for-4 with a homer, three runs, three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base in an 11-4 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.

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Counsell finishes 4th in Manager of Year race

Counsell finishes 4th in Manager of Year race

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell garnered three first-place votes on the way to finishing fourth in balloting for the National League Manager of the Year Award, which went to Torey Lovullo of the D-backs.

Counsell received three first-place votes, four second-place votes and six third-place votes for 33 points in the Baseball Writers' Association of America's scoring system. Lovullo led the way with 18 first-place votes and 111 points, followed by the Dodgers' Dave Roberts (55 points) and the Rockies' Bud Black (43 points).

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Brewers to host holiday food drive

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will continue a tradition when they host a holiday food drive at Miller Park on the day before Thanksgiving.

CBS 58 and the Hunger Task Force are co-sponsors of the drive-thru event from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Nov. 22, in the stadium parking lot, where participants can make their donation without leaving their car. Last year, Milwaukeeans donated more than 131,000 pounds of food to the cause.

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Davies falls short in bid for first Gold Glove

Davies falls short in bid for first Gold Glove

MILWAUKEE -- Make it four Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in a row for Zack Greinke, meaning that Brewers right-hander Zach Davies and the rest of the National League's pitchers will have to try again next year.

Davies and Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey were finalists for the Gold Glove Award for NL pitchers, but it once again went to D-backs ace Greinke.

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Harrison shows off range of tools in AFL win

Harrison shows off range of tools in AFL win

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After crushing a homer on his last swing of batting practice, Monte Harrison said that he hoped he could connect on one during the game as well.

In the fourth inning, he did just that.

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Ray comes through in 11th for Rafters

Ray comes through in 11th for Rafters

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Corey Ray has had his ups and downs in this year's Arizona Fall League, but the No. 58 overall prospect looked as good as he has all season on Thursday night as he delivered a clutch game-winning double in the top of the 11th inning to lead Salt River past Scottsdale, 7-6, at Scottsdale Stadium.

Ray, Milwaukee's No. 2 prospect, was held hitless during the game's first nine frames but hit the ball hard on two separate occasions before emerging as the hero for the Rafters in extra innings.

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Crew has openings to fill as free agency begins

Crew has openings to fill as free agency begins

MILWAUKEE -- Baseball's open market is truly open for business.

With the World Series five days in the rear-view mirror, free agents can now sign with any club. The Brewers spent October preparing for this moment, meeting in the offices above Miller Park to brainstorm a strategy to bolster a team that remained in postseason contention until the penultimate game of the 2017 regular season.

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3 key offseason questions facing Brewers

3 key offseason questions facing Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- With the World Series in the books, baseball is looking ahead to 2018.

Free agents were allowed to start talking with other clubs at 8 a.m. CT, though they cannot sign with a new team until Monday at 4 p.m. There are no restrictions on trades now that 2017 is in the books, so general managers are free to start wheeling and dealing.

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Simmons on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

Garvey, John, Mattingly, Miller, Morris, Murphy, Parker, Simmons, Tiant, Trammell to be considered

Simmons on Hall of Fame's Modern Era ballot

The Modern Baseball Era Committee, which is charged with the process of electing players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame through the Veterans Committee process, announced 10 candidates for election on Monday.

The candidates include nine players whose careers spanned a good chunk of the era from 1970-87, plus the late Marvin Miller, the MLB Players Association leader who put an indelible stamp on the game.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Fall Stars wrap: How top prospects performed

Below is a recap of each player's performance from the 12th edition of the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, a 4-2 win for the East division.

Among the highly regarded players in this year's exhibition were 10 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Houser completes healthy AFL stint

Houser completes healthy AFL stint

MILWAUKEE -- After finishing his assignment in the Arizona Fall League, right-hander Adrian Houser is back to legitimate prospect status for the Brewers.

Houser completed his AFL stint -- and his first season back from Tommy John surgery -- by allowing one hit and one walk in 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Salt River Rafters on Tuesday. It was his fourth fall start, and Houser finished having allowed four earned runs on 13 hits in 10 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks. He topped 96 mph, according to Statcast™.

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Brewers outright Torres, Berry to Triple-A

Brewers outright Torres, Berry to Triple-A

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers outrighted reliever Carlos Torres and outfielder Quintin Berry to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, freeing two 40-man roster spots and likely ending Torres' two-year tenure in the club's bullpen.

Torres, who would have been arbitration-eligible had the Brewers opted to go that route, can refuse the assignment and become a free agent.

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Sogard stays with Crew, signs one-year deal

Versatile infielder 'ready for anything' in 2018

Sogard stays with Crew, signs one-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- Rather than take his chances in free agency, Brewers infielder Eric Sogard decided to stay put.

The veteran infielder on Thursday signed a one-year, $2.4 million contract to return to Milwaukee for 2018. The Brewers didn't release terms of the deal, but a source confirmed the guarantee and said Sogard has $650,000 available in incentives for games played. He will get $150,000 each for 30, 50, 70 and 90 games, plus an additional $50,000 for 120 games played.

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Pipeline Podcast: Brewers' Gatewood talks AFL

Pipeline Podcast: Brewers' Gatewood talks AFL

The following is an excerpt from this week's Pipeline Podcast, in which Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum discuss what they've seen in the Arizona Fall League and what stands out to them so far. They also talk about some of the top high school players in the 2018 Draft class and interview Brewers No. 18 prospect Jake Gatewood. To listen to the show in its entirety, go to the MLB Pipeline Podcast page.

Jonathan Mayo: We're happy to welcome into the podcast Jake Gatewood of the Milwaukee Brewers. He is currently participating in the aforementioned Arizona Fall League. Jake, welcome to the podcast, thank you for taking some time out.

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Anderson, Brewers agree on two-year deal

Extension for righty includes club options for 2020, '21

Anderson, Brewers agree on two-year deal

MILWAUKEE -- Chase Anderson's best Major League season produced a pay day on Thursday, when the Brewers announced they'd agreed to a contract extension that could carry the right-hander all the way through his first year of free agency.

It is a two-year deal that guarantees $11.75 million through 2019 with a pair of club options that would cover '20 (Anderson's final year of arbitration eligibility) and '21 (his first year of free agency). Including incentives for innings pitched, it could pay Anderson more than $30 million over the next four years.

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Brewers' Arizona Fall League overview

Ray gaining valuable experience at plate, in field in AFL

Brewers' Arizona Fall League overview

The Brewers' contingent of position-playing prospects are among the best in this year's Arizona Fall League, a group led by No. 58 overall prospect Corey Ray.

Ray was selected to participate in this year's Fall League to close out his first full professional season. Spending the entire year in the Carolina League, the 2016 No. 5 overall Draft pick had his ups and down before finishing with a .238/.311/.367 line, 40 extra-base hits and 24 stolen bases over 112 games with Carolina.

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Braun opens up about future in radio interview

Veteran slugger says he'd likely veto deal anywhere but to Dodgers

Braun opens up about future in radio interview

MILWAUKEE -- If the Brewers try to move Ryan Braun to another team before the end of his contract, it's "in all likelihood" Dodgers or bust, he suggested earlier this week in a radio interview.

But if they someday decide to move him to a new position, the options are not as limited.

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HarriSlam! 7 RBIs for Crew prospect in AFL tilt

HarriSlam! 7 RBIs for Crew prospect in AFL tilt

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After a strong regular season, Monte Harrison got off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, but got back on track with a pair of homers in Salt River's 10-4 win over Glendale on Friday.

The Brewers' No. 14 prospect hit a grand slam in the fourth and a two-run homer in the ninth on his way to a 3-for-5, seven-RBI performance in the Rafters' third straight win.

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Prospect who suffered heart attack improving

Prospect who suffered heart attack improving

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers reported the beginnings of "a remarkable recovery" in their latest update about the health of Minor League infielder Julio Mendez, who suffered a cardiac event when he was hit by a pitch in the chest during a rookie league game in Tempe, Ariz., on Aug. 26.

The team also revealed new details about the severity of the 20-year-old's condition in the immediate aftermath of the event, saying he was on life support for nearly a month, and until recently was unable to perform daily activities.

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Brewers' Erceg continuing resurgence in AFL

Brewers' Erceg continuing resurgence in AFL

MESA, Ariz. -- Milwaukee Brewers No. 10 prospect Lucas Erceg has been taking full advantage of a second chance at baseball.

After being declared academically ineligible at the University of California at Berkeley, Erceg transferred to Menlo College in Atherton, Calif., a small junior college where he was drafted by the Brewers in 2015.

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Eddie Poe is a graduate journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is a part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.