Stearns expects action as Meetings open

Brewers GM: 'I anticipate it's going to be a very busy week for the entire industry'

Stearns expects action as Meetings open

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Brewers general manager David Stearns is expecting a lot of action when the Winter Meetings get underway Monday just outside Washington, D.C.

MLB.com is on the ground for baseball's annual offseason showcase, and just like last year, when Stearns traded first baseman Adam Lind to the Mariners for three teenage pitchers, the Brewers are open for business. Outfielder Ryan Braun, starting pitcher Junior Guerra and closer Tyler Thornburg are among the myriad of players in whom other clubs have expressed interest.

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"I would say that we're active in a number of different discussions," Stearns said. "In the last week, the amount of talk among clubs has accelerated -- even more so with the completion of the [Collective Bargaining Agreement] negotiations. I anticipate it's going to be a very busy week for the entire industry. I imagine there are going to be a number of player moves, both free-agent signings and trades.

"We're going to do our work to see if there are things we can do to improve the team and improve our young talent."

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MLB.com and MLB Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the 2016 Winter Meetings from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C. Fans can watch live streaming of all news conferences and manager availability on MLB.com, including the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at 8 a.m. CT.

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Stearns will brief the media every evening from Monday to Wednesday on club's activity, and manager Craig Counsell will also participate in a media session on Wednesday morning. Be sure to check brewers.com for stories and updates.

"Until trades are made, it's impossible to handicap the likelihood, bit we're active on a number of fronts," Stearns said, "and we're prepared going into [the] week."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.