With pitchers and catchers officially reporting to Maryvale Baseball Park on Tuesday, Milwaukee Brewers baseball is finally back in action.
The offseason has possessed no shortage of excitement either. After shipping off some of the team’s last remaining tenure in Jonathan Lucroy, Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress during the regular season, general manager David Stearns hit winter full-steam ahead.
At the end of November, he non-tendered slugging first baseman Chris Carter and hours later signed former MLB player and Korean Baseball All-Star Eric Thames. A week later in December, Stearns sent second-half closer Tyler Thornburg to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for a trio of prospects and corner infielder Travis Shaw. By mid-month, he had already signed a bevy of minor league talent, signed veteran left-hander Tommy Milone and traded the former successor at catcher, Martin Maldonado, for a younger, more powerful version in Jett Bandy. In January, Stearns also added veteran reliever Neftali Feliz and doled out a handful of Spring Training invites to those already in the organization.
While the first half of February has been relatively quiet, Spring Training marks the continuation of the youthful revolution just on the horizon for Milwaukee. While a majority of the position players are nearly locked in, there is much that remains unsettled with the rest of the roster, leaving fans more than enough to be excited about until the Crew and skipper Craig Counsell finally raise the blue and yellow sail April 3.
Here is a look at the top storylines to stay on top of in Spring Training.