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Brewers make six roster cuts

The Brewers moved six players off the big league camp roster, including one potential fifth starter candidate, in the first round of cuts Sunday. 
That fifth starter candidate is right-hander Amaury Rivas, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He was one of the players mentioned as a potential fill-in for Zack Greinke, who will miss the start of the season with a cracked rib. 
The Brewers also optioned pitchers Dan Merklinger and Cody Scarpetta to Double-A Huntsville and returned pitchers Robert Hinton and Roque Mercedes and catcher Anderson De La Rosa to Minor League camp. 
The first Minor League full-squad workout was Sunday, but all six players were given until Tuesday to report. 
With the moves, 47 players remained in big league camp.
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Scarpetta could qualify for fourth option

This item was included in my Inbox yesterday, but with prospect lists coming out I wanted to spotlight it here so we tuck it into our memory banks. Right-hander Cody Scarpetta appears on track to join a small group of players eligible for a fourth Minor League option, meaning the Brewers will get two more seasons to develop him into a Major Leaguer. 

From the Inbox:
Here’s the short version of his story: Scarpetta was drafted and signed by the Brewers in 2007, only to have his contract voided because of a torn tendon at the base of his right middle finger. The Brewers signed Scarpetta to a new deal, and per baseball’s rules, had to immediately place him on the 40-man roster.
Essentially, it placed Scarpetta on the fast track. Instead of evaluating him over five years before Scarpetta’s “option clock” started ticking, the Brewers had to start burning his options. They used one in 2009, one in ’10 and are expected to use another in ’11. Typically, a player has three options over the course of his career, and once they are out, the team must expose the player to waivers before sending him to the Minor Leagues.
But once again, a rules technicality may come into play. A small number of players qualify for a fourth option if they have been optioned in three seasons but do not yet have five full seasons (of at least 90 days on an active professional roster) of pro experience. In 2009, then-Brewers infielder Hernan Iribarren thought he was out of options, only to learn just before the start of Spring Training that he was unlucky enough to qualify for a fourth. Just this winter, the Pirates were granted a fourth option for first baseman Steve Pearce.
The Brewers anticipate Scarpetta joining that group, but Major League Baseball does not award those fourth options until the original three are exhausted. It would give the Brewers another year to evaluate Scarpetta, who turns 23 in August and is probably in line for a promotion to Double-A Huntsville this season. It looks like he won’t be in the big league discussion until 2012.
I wish I had written “late 2012 or early 2013” at the end of that section. My point is that it appears the Brewers will have until midway through the 2012 season or 2013 Spring Training to make a call on Scarpetta. That gives him time to take the usual path through the Minor Leagues — Double-A this year and Triple-A to start 2012. 
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Parra nearing end of rope?

Brewers left-hander Manny Parra, called his fastball command, “consistently terrible.” The team is considering giving someone else a try in September. 
Parra continued to slam headfirst into some sort of maddening, mid-inning barrier in Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Padres, keeping the game close early before coming unraveled and making a sudden exit. Parra matched his season-high by lasting six innings, but he surrendered seven runs along the way and still has not recorded a seventh-inning out in any of his 16 starts. 
The Brewers are thinking about a change. Manager Ken Macha and general manager Doug Melvin had what Macha called “a brief discussion” on Sunday morning about September call-ups. The team has four young starters already on the 40-man roster in Josh Butler, Amaury Rivas, Mark Rogers and Cody Scarpetta. 
“We talked a little bit about perhaps who’s coming up and maybe giving somebody else a call,” Macha said. “Really, in all three games in this series, our starters haven’t gotten us where we need to get.” 
Parra, who surrendered seven runs on eight hits with four walks, went the deepest into the game of the three. Ace right-hander Yovani Gallardo lasted only 3 1/3 innings on Friday night, and lefty Chris Narveson made it three innings on Saturday. But the Brewers won each of the first two games in the series thanks to some clutch relief and timely hitting. 
Those hits were not there on Sunday. 
If Parra is indeed removed from the rotation, it would be for the third straight season. In 2008, the Brewers moved him to the bullpen for the stretch drive. In 2009, the Brewers demoted him to Triple-A Nashville in June. 
The team faces a very interesting decision with Parra this winter, when he is arbitration-eligible for the first time. Even with his inconsistency, that means Parra’s price tag is about to increase exponentially. 
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Narveson, Scarpetta agree to terms

Pitchers Chris Narveson and Cody Scarpetta agreed to terms on 2010 contracts Wednesday, leaving the Brewers with 15 players still unsigned on the 40-man roster. 

The signings were something of a formality. Both Narveson and Scarpetta are so-called “zero-to-three” players who are under club control but must nonetheless negotiate contracts each year. The Brewers pay such players according to a set system that rewards statistical performance and league awards to avoid situations in which Player A feels slighted after learning about Player B’s contract. 
If the sides are unable to strike a deal, the team may renew the contract at a salary of its choosing. Players don’t get a measure of control over the process until they qualify for salary arbitration, which usually means racking up three years of Major League service. 
The Brewers are counting outfielder Corey Hart, who has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday, as a signed player, so here are the 15 members of the 40-man roster who remain unsigned:
Axford, John
Butler, Josh
Cain, Lorenzo
Escobar, Alcides
Estrada, Marco
Gallardo, Yovani
Heether, Adam
Inglett, Joe
Iribarren, Hernan
Kottaras, George
Lofgren, Chuck
McGehee, Casey
Parra, Manny
Periard, Alex
Stetter, Mitch
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"Border Battle" set for Friday

It’s no coincidence that the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers team set to take the field Friday at Miller Park is stocked with prospects.

“We wanted to put our best foot forward,” Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

The Brewers are in the first season of a four-year player development with the Timber Rattlers, a Midwest League team based just outside Appleton, Wis. at Fox Cities Stadium, about 100 miles north of Miller Park. Before the Brewers came to town, Wisconsin had been a Seattle Mariners affiliate since 1993.

The new partnership will be on display Friday night at Miller Park as the Timber Rattlers and Peoria Chiefs take part in the third so-called “Border Battle.” The concept was first introduced in 2003, when the Brewers-affiliated Beloit Snappers, featuring Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks and Manny Parra, faced the Timber Rattlers in front of more than 15,000 fans. The event was staged again in 2004 with the same two teams before going on hiatus.

Now it’s back, and by Thursday afternoon the Brewers had already sold 15,000 tickets at $10 apiece. Seats are still available

Milwaukee wanted to make a good first impression in Appleton, so they sent eight of the team’s top 30 prospects, as rated by Baseball America. Among the hitters to watch are 2008 first-round Draft pick Brett Lawrie and second-rounder Cutter Dykstra. The pitchers include Wily Peralta and Cody Adams, both of whom are scheduled to work in the Border Battle, 2008 supplemental first-round pick Evan Fredrickson and big right-hander Cody Scarpetta, the lone Rattler on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster. Scarpetta matched his professional best by striking out 10 batters in a win on Wednesday over Peoria.

All of those prospects, many with less than a year of professional experience, could make for a development year in Appleton. But it also gives Brewers fans from Central Wisconsin an opportunity to see the next wave of talent headed to the big leagues.

“There was only one more we made there with winning in mind,” Ash said. “And that was signing a veteran back-of-the-bullpen guy.”

That would be Jim Henderson, a 27-year-old who has played as high as Triple-A and was looking for work after the Cubs released him late in Spring Training. He is more than three years older than any other player on the team, and Brewers officials figured it was important to have someone with experience in the closer’s role.

The current installment of prospects were scheduled to arrive at Miller Park early in the day Friday for lunch, a tour of the ballpark and some early work on the field. Ash will be in attendance, as will director of player development Reid Nichols.

The idea is to reinstate the Border Battle as an annual event, Ash said. Summer-like temperatures are expected on Friday, and Brewers officials were planning to play under an open roof.

Gameday: March 9 at Giants

The Brewers are back in Scottsdale today to face Barry Zito and the Giants. Here’s the lineup:

Rickie Weeks     2B
Craig Counsell    3B
J.J. Hardy          SS
Prince Fielder     1B
Mike Cameron    CF
Lorenzo Cain      RF
Chris Duffy         LF
Jason Kendall    C
Manny Parra      LHP

Brewers relievers have tossed 14 1/3 scoreless innings entering the game, a streak that Mitch Stetter, Eddie Morlan, Omar Aguilar and Nick Green will look to extend.

In news, the Brewers returned righty reliever Joe Bateman to Minor League camp today. Bateman tossed a clean inning against the Royals on Sunday but wasn’t very effective in his previous three Cactus League innings, allowing five earned runs on four hits and two walks.

UPDATE: The Brewers also passed along word that right-hander Cody Scarpetta would be returned to Minor League camp on Tuesday and would be officially optioned at a later date. Remember that he’s on the 40-man roster a few years early due to special circumstances, and his first big league camp was limited to one appearance in a “B” game.