PHOENIX — Christian Yelich is giving the Milwaukee Brewers’ outfield a new look. The Brewers could plug him into the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while Yelich has shown the ability to play every outfield position. “They had a good thing going last year and fell just a little short” of the playoffs, Yelich said. “So hopefully we can push over that hump this year and bring some good things to Milwaukee.” Brewers veteran Ryan Braun has been so impressed with
PHOENIX — Striking the right balance could help the Milwaukee Brewers reach new heights this season. That means striking out less and using the team’s upgraded left-handed options to counter opponents. The Brewers added lefty-swinging Christian Yelich from Miami in the offseason to balance a lineup that also boasts power-hitting lefties Eric Thames and Travis Shaw. “That’s part of building a team that can compete against whatever another team throws against us,”
PHOENIX — Ryan Braun is willing to play first base if that helps the Milwaukee Brewers strengthen their lineup. That doesn’t mean he thinks it will be an easy transition after playing the outfield for the past decade — and Braun expressed some serious reservations about the move on Saturday. The slugger started in left field for the first time this spring when the Brewers faced the Colorado Rockies. He made his first four Cactus League starts at first base.
PHOENIX — Ryan Braun is a work in progress at first base, three Cactus League starts into a transition to try a new position. The veteran outfielder hasn’t spoken much about his time at first. He made two strong plays in the opening innings of his first game. He had an error and a few other struggles in his third infield outing. Manager Craig Counsell has taken a wait-and-see approach. “We’re evaluating 14 innings of baseball,” Counsell said. “Let’s
PHOENIX — Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says his team has the roster to end the franchise’s seven-year postseason drought without having to make another move. The Brewers exceeded expectations last year after finishing a game short of the playoffs — significantly accelerating the rebuilding plan put in place by general manager David Stearns and approved by Attanasio. With outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich joining the team for their first full-squad
MILWAUKEE — The rebuilding plan for the Milwaukee Brewers is a smashing success, so much so that they’re not really rebuilding anymore. Bold moves to trade for Christian Yelich and sign free agent Lorenzo Cain sent a message. “We decided winning in 2018 was as important as to win in 2020,” owner Mark Attanasio said. A surprising 2017 season that left Milwaukee a win short of the playoffs raised hopes in what was supposed to be just the second full season of a rebuild.
MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain felt comfortable back at Miller Park even if his new Milwaukee Brewers uniform seemed to fit a bit snugly over his dress shirt and tie. The former Kansas City Royals outfielder has returned to the organization that drafted him, his future secure after a quieter-than-expected start to free agency. Cain and the Brewers finalized an $80 million, five-year contract Friday, one day after Milwaukee general manager David Stearns acquired center fielder Christian Yelich