November 2012

Brewers sign former Indians, Cubs righty

The Brewers continued a busy couple of weeks by signing right-hander Jairo Asencio on Monday to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp.

Asencio made 30 Major League relief appearances last season, going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA with the Indians (18 games, 5.96 ERA) and Cubs (12 games, 3.07 ERA).

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No qualifying offers for Marcum, K-Rod

The Brewers did not extend a qualifying offer to either Shaun Marcum or Francisco Rodriguez ahead of Friday’s deadline, meaning the club will not receive compensation in next year’s Draft should those free agents sign elsewhere.

Under the rules of Major League Baseball’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the old “Type A” and “Type B” designations were thrown out in favor of a new system of compensating teams for losing high-quality free agents. Under the new system, players must be with their team for the entire previous season to qualify for compensation, and their teams have five days after the World Series to extend a one-year “qualifying offer” — which is set by averaging the top 125 player salaries from the previous year. This year, the value of that offer is $13.3 million. Players then have seven days to decide whether to accept.

If the player declines that offer and signs elsewhere, his new team surrenders a first-round selection in the neat season’s First-Year Player Draft and his old team gets a compensatory pick sandwiched between the first and second round.

The Brewers were not expected to go down that path with either Marcum or Rodriguez. Marcum was excellent when healthy, but missed two months in 2012 because of a right elbow injury. Rodriguez posted the highest ERA and lowest strikeout rate of his career and this week was charged with domestic abuse in a suburban Milwaukee courtroom stemming from an alleged confrontation with his fiancée in September.

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Brewers, Admirals team up for ticket promo

While we wait for official word on noted hockey enthusiast Nyjer Morgan, here’s something from the Brewers:

The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Admirals today announced the continuation of the “2-Man Advantage” ticket package that was originally introduced for the 2008 season. The joint ticket opportunity is part of the partnership established by the two teams in 2005 that extends through the 2012-13 Admirals season.

For only $19, fans get one “Stern & Bow” ticket to one of three Brewers promotion nights at the Bradley Center for an Admirals home game and one Terrace Reserved ticket to one of three select Brewers games at Miller Park during the 2013 season. The package is valued at $35.

The dates available to fans for the ticket deal are as follows:

Friday, December 14, 2012 – Admirals vs. Rockford at 7:00 p.m. –
Brewers/Admirals Roscoe Ornament Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)

-or-

Friday, February 8, 2013 – Admirals vs. Houston at 7:00 p.m. –
Brewers/Admirals Drawstring Bag Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)

-or-

Friday, March 22, 2013 – Admirals vs. Peoria at 7:00 p.m. –
Brewers Ticket Voucher (All Fans)

-and one of these three Brewers games-

Friday, April 5, 2013 – Brewers vs. Arizona at 7:10 p.m.

-or-

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – Brewers vs. San Francisco at 7:10 p.m.

-or-

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – Brewers vs. Texas at 7:10 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Brewers.com/admirals. Packages will be available beginning Monday, November 5, 2012 at 9 a.m. CT through Thursday, March 21, 2013.

In addition to this special ticket package, the Admirals will continue to sport the “Ball and Glove” logo on their jerseys as the Brewers are the exclusive jersey sponsor of the team. Announcements during the game, dasherboard signage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, radio spots during broadcasts and in-game promotions where fans can win Brewers prize packs are also a part of the partnership between the two clubs.

The Milwaukee Admirals are a member of the American Hockey League and are an affiliate of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

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