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New Brewer James talks about waiver claim

Brewers front office man and MLBlogger John Steinmiller landed in Phoenix yesterday for a week of Arizona Fall League baseball and caught up with right-hander Justin James, the pitcher claimed off waivers by Milwaukee from Oakland. James is pitching for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the AFL, and, according to Steinmiller, will continue to do so, but in a Brewers uniform. The rest of the Brewers prospects are with the Surprise Rafters.
You can read all about John’s first day in the desert and check out photos on his blog, John and Cait Plus Nine. Here’s what James had to say:
“I found out about the claim just before today’s game,” James said. “When I found out, you know you don’t have control over that stuff, you just want to compete.  Being here in the Fall League really opens up a lot of other doors for you as a player and for many people to see you.  There are a large number of scouts at every game watching everyone.”  
James has bounced around throughout his career between the Reds, Blue Jays and A’s organizations as well as a stint in 2009 in the Independent Northern League with Kansas City.  He made his Major League debut this season with the A’s.
“If I’m not pitching for Oakland or another organization, I might as well be pitching for the Brewers.  I really am looking forward to being with Milwaukee and I think I can help the organization win.  I want to finish up strong here in Arizona with the Fall League, do what I did last year and come back ready to go in Spring Training.”
In the Fall League this season, James has made six relief appearances of one inning each and has a 4.50 ERA.
“It’s been going well here in Arizona,” James said.  “Numbers-wise it might not be the best, but I’m learning a lot and competing.  I’m throwing my change up a little bit more because that needs to be a little more polished.  I’m just trying to throw strikes more consistently.”
I’ll link to more of John’s stuff from Arizona over the coming days.
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Amid flurry of moves, Brewers cut ties with Hoffman

The Brewers on Tuesday declined 2011 contract options for pitchers Trevor Hoffman and Doug Davis and catcher Gregg Zaun, adding all three veterans to the pool of Major League free agents. 
All three moves were widely expected. 
The highest profile of those players belongs to 43-year-old Hoffman, who notched his 600th career save amid a trying 2010 but was replaced as closer by rookie right-hander John Axford. Hoffman’s contract included a $7 million mutual option for 2011, and the price of his buyout increased from $500,000 to $750,000 when Hoffman finished his 35th game of the season on Sept. 26. 
Davis’ deal included a $6.5 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout. His 2010 season was a bust because of health issues. 
Zaun’s contract included a $2.25 million club option for next season, but he is still recovering from shoulder surgery and will get a $250,000 buyout instead. Zaun said in August that he intends to play in 2011, but considering the Brewers have Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras on the 40-man roster and Mike Rivera signed to a Minor League contract, it’s difficult to envision Zaun returning. 
The team also made two additions on Tuesday, claiming 29-year-old right-handed pitcher Justin James off waivers from the Oakland A’s and selecting the contract of catcher Martin Maldonado from Triple-A Nashville. Both James and Maldonado took spots on the 40-man roster. 
James was pitching in the Arizona Fall Leagues for the Phoenix Desert Dogs, who happened to square-off on Tuesday against a Surprise Rafters team that includes the Brewers’ own slew of prospects. James finished the 2010 season in the Majors with five appearances in relief for the A’s but spent most of the year in the Minors, compiling a 1.83 ERA at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. 
Maldonado, 24, is a defensive-minded catcher who batted .239 at three stops in Milwaukee’s Minor League chain in 2010. He’s currently playing for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League.  
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