Brewer News for November 1st, 2013: Crew’s signings, Saguaros shutout


Hello again everyone and welcome to the Friday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. The Milwaukee Brewers have announced recently that they are not targeting big name free-agents, but are still looking in the market. In the second bit of news, yesterday the Surprise Saguaros (12-7-1) lost to the Salt River Rafters (10-10).

The Brewers are expected to bring back first baseman Corey Hart after he missed 2013 due to knee surgries. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

As the Brewers continue to head into the off season, they’ll graze the free-agent market to see what is available. Owner Mark Attanasio has expressed his interest in seeing who the Brew Crew could pursue, but they will stay away from the bigger name free-agents.

"“Well, we can never have enough pitching, so we’re always going to look at pitching,” Attanasio said. “We’ve already been through the free-agent list; there’s not a lot of obvious candidates.” – via"

With so many positions on the team already filled for next season, the Brewers may not make a whole lot of deals outside of the organization. However, the team is more than likely going to strike a deal with first baseman Corey Hart as they’ll need to fill the position. The bullpen remains another option for the team to explore this winter.

Yesterday afternoon, the Saguaros were shutout 10-0 by the Rafters. Brewers’ prospect Tyler Cravy made the start for the Saguaros and was hit hard, receiving his first loss. Cravy lasted only 2 1/3 innings while giving up five runs on four hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

The Saguaros’ bullpen didn’t look much better as they gave up a combined five runs. Nick McBride (Texas Rangers) surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched while Matt West (Rangers) gave up a run and Keith Couch (Boston Red Sox) coughed up two runs in two innings. Noe Ramirez (Red Sox) pitched the only scoreless inning for the Saguaros in the sixth.

Offensively, the Saguaros were held to just four hits, with catcher Jorge Alfaro (Rangers) going 2-for-4. Brewers’ catching prospect Adam Weisenburger was the designated hitter and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. The Brewers’ outfield prospects Mitch Haniger and Jason Rogers did not play during the game.

Later today the Saguaros will host the Scottsdale Scorpions (7-13) for a game at 2:35 p.m. ET / 1:35 p.m. CT.