'Very busy' Sheffield on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

Agent, analyst has opportunity to cement legacy in Cooperstown

'Very busy' Sheffield on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

Gary Sheffield isn't about to sit back and think about his legacy in retirement. He's showing no inclination to sit back at all.

Sheffield's a player agent with a reliever on the market in Jason Grilli. He was a studio analyst for TBS' coverage of MLB postseason games. He's the driving figure behind a multimillion-dollar project to build a baseball complex for youth teams and a potential Spring Training site in Pasco County, not far from his hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers promote Guerrero to first-base coach

Brewers promote Guerrero to first-base coach

MILWAUKEE -- Rather than hire a new first-base coach, the Brewers are giving one of their existing coaches a promotion.

General manager Doug Melvin said the role will be filled in 2015 by Mike Guerrero, a longtime Brewers Minor League instructor and manager who joined the big league staff as an extra coach last season. Guerrero will also continue in his role as the team's infield coach.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job

Brewers special assistant says he's happy with current position

Counsell takes himself out of running for Rays job

MILWAUKEE -- Former big league infielder Craig Counsell said he has removed himself from the running to be the next Tampa Bay Rays manager, in part because he's enjoying his role as a special assistant to the general manager for the Brewers.

"It's multiple reasons, and that's one of them. I'm happy here," Counsell said. "I don't really want to go into all of the reasons and make a big story, but basically I'm happy here and I want to keep working here."

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers add four prospects to 40-man roster

Jungmann, Goforth, Strong, Rivera now protected from Rule 5 Draft

Brewers add four prospects to 40-man roster

MILWAUKEE -- Former collegiate star and first-round Draft pick Taylor Jungmann moved a step closer to the Major Leagues on Thursday when the Brewers added the right-handed starting pitcher to their 40-man roster.

Jungmann was one of four players, with relievers David Goforth and Michael Strong and shortstop Yadiel Rivera, who were added to Milwaukee's roster ahead of the deadline to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft. As a result, all four will be in big league Spring Training camp, and if they are sent to the Minors to begin next season as expected, the Brewers will have to spend one of three options allotted each player.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Revitalized Chapman seeks renewal with Brewers

After overcoming double hip surgery, righty signs Minor League contract

Revitalized Chapman seeks renewal with Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Jaye Chapman is a 27-year-old right-handed pitcher with two new hips and new life in organized baseball.

Chapman and the Brewers finalized a Minor League contract on Monday that does not include an invitation to Major League camp, but it does offer an opportunity to start over after one season lost to double hip surgery and another spent re-establishing himself in an independent league.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lucroy's fourth-place MVP finish best for Brewers catcher

Lucroy's fourth-place MVP finish best for Brewers catcher

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy knew going into Thursday's announcement that he was not a finalist for the National League's MVP Award, but he did finish the night with a bit of franchise history.

By placing fourth behind winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, Lucroy not only earned the highest finish ever for a Brewers catcher in MVP balloting, he became only the second Crew backstop to appear in the results. Before Thursday, the only Brewers catcher to pull an MVP vote was Ted Simmons, who finished 19th in 1983.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Mike Bauman

NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

Cubs expected to re-emerge, making group of clubs toughest in Majors top to bottom

NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015

As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central.

You can search for a truly weak link in this group, but the search will be in vain. With the emergence of the Cubs as a force to be reckoned with, the division no longer contains a soft spot, a rest area or the expectation of a walkover anywhere within its borders.

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Mike Bauman is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Brewers say their roster is set for Spring Training

Melvin: 'We've got a team that can play tomorrow'

Brewers say their roster is set for Spring Training

Most teams are just shifting into gear for the Hot Stove activity ahead. But not the Brewers.

They're just about ready to head to Arizona.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Speedy outfield prospect Wren acquired from Braves

Speedy outfield prospect Wren acquired from Braves

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added to the most prospect-rich area of their organization by adding another outfielder Friday, acquiring speedster Kyle Wren from the Braves for right-hander Zach Quintana in a swap of Minor Leaguers who are not on the teams' 40-man rosters.

Wren is the son of former Braves general manager Frank Wren and the nephew of former Braves scout Jeff Wren, who were both dismissed by Atlanta nearly two months ago. The Brewers had received positive reports on Kyle Wren so they checked on the 23-year-old's availability following Atlanta's front-office moves, and talks intensified in recent weeks.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Always innovating, Melvin open to new outfield alignments

Always innovating, Melvin open to new outfield alignments

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Having been the first general manager to get his team to liberally use defensive infield shifts a decade ago isn't enough for Milwaukee's general manager Doug Melvin.

He now wants to pioneer the four-man outfield. Not a matter of routine, of course -- but in the ninth inning, when teams protecting a slim lead enter their no-doubles defense, which now simply has corner infielders hugging the line.

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Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. He can also be found on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Wang reports feeling OK after exiting AFL game

Wang reports feeling OK after exiting AFL game

MESA, Ariz. -- After throwing five innings for Glendale in Thursday's Arizona Fall League finale, Milwaukee's Wei-Chung Wang left the field and headed to the clubhouse accompanied by members of the training staff.

Wang, a Brewers selection in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft, was seen grabbing his lower back as he walked toward the clubhouse and despite the appearance, the 22-year old insisted nothing was wrong.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers to face UWM as part of Spring Training

Cactus League slate includes six weekend home games, three night games

Brewers to face UWM as part of Spring Training

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have unveiled a 31-game Spring Training schedule that includes a first-ever exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and six weekend home games at Maryvale Baseball Park leading up to the 47th season in franchise history.

The spring slate begins March 4 against UW-Milwaukee, marking the first time the Brewers will face a collegiate team since playing Arizona State University in 1983. It will mark the first contest between the Brewers and Panthers, who over the years have played select home games at Miller Park.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Strange saga ends as Brewers release lefty Yan

Former prospect, claimed under different name, couldn't get work visa

Strange saga ends as Brewers release lefty Yan

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers on Wednesday released a pitcher they referred to as Miguel Yan, a once-promising left-hander who had been club property for two years but never saw active duty.

When the Brewers claimed him off waivers from the Rangers in September 2012, he was Miguel Yan de los Santos, and he appeared in MLB.com's database as simply Miguel de los Santos. At 6-foot-1 with a highly praised changeup, he had been removed from Texas' 40-man roster to clear space for then-hotshot prospect Jurickson Profar and didn't pitch in the Brewers system after the claim because the Minor League seasons were over.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Wooten on MLB roster for Japan All-Star Series

Games between MLB stars and national team begin Tuesday

Wooten on MLB roster for Japan All-Star Series

The postseason may be over, but there is still some exciting baseball to be played. A collection of the game's top talent will represent Major League Baseball next week when the Japan All-Star Series begins on Tuesday, and the roster for the MLB team was revealed on Friday.

Robinson Cano, Yasiel Puig, Evan Longoria and Jose Altuve headline a group of 29 players on the MLB All-Star team, which will be managed by Boston's John Farrell. The Major League squad will play a five-game series against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Aramis opts for another season with Brewers

Aramis opts for another season with Brewers

Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez on Monday exercised his part of the mutual option in his contract for the 2015 season, solidifying his place with the club for next year.

The Brewers exercised their portion of the option on Friday. Ramirez is set to make $14 million next season, which will be his fourth with Milwaukee.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers name Montgomery as new scouting director

When the Brewers began searching for a new scouting director to replace Bruce Seid, who passed away suddenly on Sept. 2, they realized the best course of action might be to find someone familiar with the organization.

They found that person in Ray Montgomery, who was officially announced as Milwaukee's new scouting director on Monday. Montgomery, 45, had most recently served as the scouting director for the Arizona Diamondbacks. But before heading up Arizona's amateur scouting efforts from 2011-14, he worked as a scout with the Brewers.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Counsell a candidate to manage Rays

Tampa Bay considering bench coach Martinez, 19-year vet Ibanez

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays announced on Thursday the preliminary candidates for their vacant managerial post: Dave Martinez, Charlie Montoyo, Manny Acta, Ron Wotus, Don Wakamatsu, Raul Ibanez, Craig Counsell and Kevin Cash.

"This is a preliminary list of candidates, and we expect it will grow as we continue through this process," said Matt Silverman, Rays president of baseball operations. "With a talented core of players and a strong clubhouse culture, our next manager will step into an enviable position. We will look for him to build upon that and take us to the next level."

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers' Wagner steps up in relief in Fall League

Milwaukee's prospect threw two perfect innings in a win for Glendale

Brewers' Wagner steps up in relief in Fall League

Just three batters into Tuesday's game against Surprise, Glendale right-hander Zach Davies saw his 15-inning shutout streak come to an end. After getting the first out, Davies gave up a single to Deven Marrero and Jace Peterson followed with an RBI double.

But that would be all the offense the Saguaros would manage for much of the day. Davies regrouped to finish his outing with three scoreless innings and relievers Tyler Wagner and Mychal Givens followed with two shutout innings each.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lind caught off guard by trade to Brewers, but excited

Toronto sent first baseman to Milwaukee in exchange for righty Estrada

Lind caught off guard by trade to Brewers, but excited

TORONTO -- Adam Lind was expecting the call, but when Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos reached out on Saturday morning, it was the nature of their conversation that caught the nine-year veteran completely off guard.

Lind had been waiting for official confirmation that Toronto would be picking up its $7.5 million club option on him for the 2015 season. It's the type of situation he had grown accustomed to after signing a four-year deal with three options prior to 2010.

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Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers trade for Lind to fill void at first base

Crew adds slugger at position of need, sends pitcher Estrada to Toronto

Brewers trade for Lind to fill void at first base

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MILWAUKEE -- Last year, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin took a patient approach to the first-base market and watched all of his leading targets slip away. This year, he acted quickly, acquiring Adam Lind in a trade with the Blue Jays on Saturday, less than 72 hours after the final out of the World Series.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

No margin for error in heavyweight NL Central

Rising Cubs to provide additional intrigue in stacked division

No margin for error in heavyweight NL Central

The National League Central wasn't the only division in baseball last season to feature three winning teams (all three American League divisions can claim that). And it wasn't the only division in baseball to not feature a 90-loss team (the NL East can make the same boast).

But the NL Central was the only division to feature both qualities. And the fact that its last-place team (the Cubs) just hired one of the best managers in baseball (Joe Maddon) inspires belief that a division that was arguably already the most competitive in baseball because of those two aforementioned factors is about to get even more competitive -- and complicated.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Gallardo's option picked up; Weeks' declined

Ramirez to return in '15 after mutual option exercised

Gallardo's option picked up; Weeks' declined

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers acted on all three of their players with contract options and picked up a new player from the waiver wire during a busy end to the work week Friday. 

As expected, the Brewers committed to starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo for another season by exercising his $13 million club option for 2015. They also exercised their half of Aramis Ramirez's $14 million mutual option, as did Ramirez, to pave the way for the third baseman's return next season.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers may chart new course with free agency

Brewers may chart new course with free agency

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MILWAUKEE -- It was perfectly fitting that Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval squeezed the final out of the World Series before falling to his backside with joy. The end of the baseball season meant the start of the Hot Stove season, and Sandoval is positioned to be one of the game's top free agents. As of 11 p.m. CT Monday, he and others will be free to sign with any team.

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lucroy and K-Rod highlight Brewers' GIBBY nominations

Lucroy and K-Rod highlight Brewers' GIBBY nominations

Jonathan Lucroy, Francisco Rodriguez and Wily Peralta are among a number of Brewers who have been nominated for MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards this year, not to mention the lovable Hank the Dog.

Lucroy received a GIBBY nomination for Defensive Player of the Year, Rodriguez was nominated for Closer of the Year and Peralta earned a nomination as Breakout Pitcher of the Year.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers' medical staff honored for exceptional care

Brewers' medical staff honored for exceptional care

The Brewers' medical staff has been honored with the 2014 Martin-Monaghan Award for Best Medical Staff, which is handed out each year by Rotowire. Milwaukee, which also won the award in 2005, is the first team to be honored twice.

"The Brewers are honored to receive this award," director of medical operations Roger Caplinger said in a statement. "Our entire medical staff -- including athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and physicians -- strives to provide our athletes with the most comprehensive medical care in baseball. We have a passion and focus to be forward-thinking, innovative and progressive in injury prevention. The support we receive from Brewers ownership and our baseball operations executive team is critical, as they consistently commit the resources needed for us to be successful."

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Brewers' Wagner, Taylor named to AFL Fall Stars roster

Rosters for annual AFL event include 14 prospects from Top 100 rankings

Brewers' Wagner, Taylor named to AFL Fall Stars roster

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Make way for the next generation.

Several of the best prospects in baseball will collide tonight in the ninth annual Fall Stars Game, the yearly All-Star Game for the Arizona Fall League. This year's active rosters feature 13 players on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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After late-season stumble, Brewers look for fixes for '15

After late-season stumble, Brewers look for fixes for '15

MILWAUKEE -- When the Brewers limped into the All-Star break with a 2-11 stretch, general manager Doug Melvin gathered his baseball men for a debate.

Were the Brewers a good team that stumbled to the break with a bad two weeks? Or were they not as good as their early-season record seemed to indicate?

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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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